DIT Grangegorman to host major conference on Human Rights and Penal Policy Nov. 28

Posted: 4 November, 2014

Conference on 'Human Rights at the heart of Penal Policy' to take place at Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman campus

DIT School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences is delighted to host a major conference on human rights and penal policy, supported by the Irish Research Council

This conference aims to promote debate and prompt action concerning the compliance of Ireland's penal practice with domestic and international human rights norms, something which the Strategic Review Group on Penal Policy emphasised in its report published in September 2014. The conference will bring together prison and associated staff, academics, lawyers, policymakers, those who work with prisoners and former prisoners, and all those interested in penal policy to discuss how to put human rights at the heart of our penal policy. Experts from at home and abroad will guide discussion, which will take place at Dublin Institute of Technology's new campus at Grangegorman.

Confirmed speakers and chairpersons include: Judge Michael Reilly, Inspector of Prisons, Professor John Podmore, Durham University and former prison governor, Dr Elina Steinerte, University of Bristol and expert on OPCAT, Deirdre Malone of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, Lisa Mackenzie of Howard League Scotland, Niall Walsh of PathwaysSenator Ivana Bacik, and Dr Mary Rogan BL of Dublin Institute of Technology. Topics will include: acountability mechanisms within our prisons; visiting committees; staff training; OPCAT; the position of the prisoner as a holder of rights; and human rights challenges in Irish penal policy.

The conference will be followed by the launch of Dr Mary Rogan BL's new book Prison Law, published by Bloomsbury Professional. 

Delegates may register for the conference and the launch, or the launch only. 

This conference is funded by the Irish Research Council and the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Registration and further details are available here. Attendance is free, but places are limited. 

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