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Immigration, Asylum and Legal Change: Changing Ireland, Changing Law

Posted: 18 September, 2015

In the midst of Europe’s refugee crisis, a seminar at Dublin Institute of Technology today addressed how law in Ireland needs to adjust to keep up with the changing nature of migration today.

Dr. Mary Rogan, DIT, Mr. Gandhi Mallak, and Professor Ivana Bacik at the Changing Ireland, Changing Law seminar in DIT

The seminar heard from legal experts Professor Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford, and Patricia Brazil, BL, on European and Irish responses to migration. Other speakers included Catherine Cosgrave, Legal Services Manager at the Immigrant Council of Ireland, who spoke about the challenges faced by refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in dealing with the legal processes in Ireland; and Gandhi Mallak, a lawyer originally from Syria.  Mr. Mallak, who won a case before the Supreme Court concerning fairness in the decision-making processes around applications for citizenship, described his experiences of the Irish legal system, and also spoke about today's refugee crisis.

The seminar is one of a series organised by Dr Mary Rogan, Head of Law at Dublin Institute of Technology, and Professor Ivana Bacik, Trinity College Dublin in conjunction with the Public Interest Law Alliance.

The series is funded by the Irish Research Council and seeks to examine the connections between law and social change in Ireland.

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Speakers at the seminar in DIT on Immigration, Asylum and Legal Change