Judicial Education and Training in Ireland Seminar

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The Judicial Education and Training in Ireland Seminar will take place online on Friday 17th September 2021 from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

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Judicial Education and Training in Ireland Seminar‌

9.30 Login
10.00 Session 1 – Judicial Education and Training in Ireland

Chair: Dr Laura Cahillane, UL

  • Doireann Ansbro, ICCL: International Standards in Judicial Education and Training
  • Prof Paul McCutcheon, UL: Review of Judicial Studies Institute 2003
  • Dr Rónán Kennedy, NUI Galway: Review of Judicial Studies Committee 2019
  • The Hon Mr Justice Richard Humphreys, High Court of Ireland: Judicial Education and Training in Ireland – A Judge’s View
11.30 Break
11.45 Session 2 – Judicial Skills and Judgecraft

Chair: His Honour Judge Tom O’Donnell, Circuit Court of Ireland

  • Prof Cheryl Thomas, UCL: Judicial Training in the UK
  • Mr Justice Gerard Tangenberg, SSR: The place of skills in judicial education
  • Ms Justice Adèle Kent, National Judicial Institute of Canada: Teaching Judicial Skills
13.15 Lunch
14.15 Session 3 – Developing Judicial Skills in Ireland

Chair: Prof Paul McCutcheon, UL

  • Dr Niamh Howlin & Dr Mark Coen, UCD: Skills Acquisition and Development among Judges of the Circuit Criminal and Central Criminal Courts
  • Dr Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan, Cardiff University: Values and Bias: Refining Decision Making Through Education
  • Dr Jennifer Schweppe and Prof Amanda Haynes, UL: “It takes the gleam off the harp”: The Need for Training to Address Judicial Prejudice 
15.15 Break
15.30 Session 4 – Trauma-Informed Judging

Chair: Dr Rónán Kennedy, NUI Galway 

  • Dr Jane Mulcahy, UL: Towards a Neurodevelopmentally Aware, Trauma-Responsive Judiciary in Ireland
  • Saoirse Enright, UL: Judging the Judges: Adopting a Trauma-Responsive Approach to Judicial Decision-Making
  • Mr Tom O’Malley, NUI Galway: The Role of Intermediaries in the Investigation and Trial of Sexual Offences
16.30 Conclusions, Final Discussion, and Next Steps
17.00 Close

Enquiries to: or to Rónán Kennedy (Law School, National University of Ireland Galway) at +353-91-495626.

Funded by the Irish Research Council.

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