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Welcome to our June 2013 e-newsletter.  We hope that you find it useful. Please feel free to circulate to interested colleagues.

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Rights in Progress launch

Practitioner meetings

Refugee children

Refugee Week event

Human trafficking course

Courses on benefit changes

Law Centre Business Plan

Casework success

All aboard for Rights in Progress

Lagan Barge

On Friday 14 June (11am to 12.30pm) the Law Centre will launch the fourth edition of Rights in Progress: A guide to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act at the Belfast Barge, Lanyon Quay.

Professor Michael O'Flaherty, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and Les Allamby, Director of Law Centre (NI), will introduce the newly updated guide to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and jurisprudence under the Human Rights Act. 

How to get there: The Barge, at 1 Lanyon Quay, Belfast BT1 3LG, is permanently moored on the River Lagan, behind the Waterfront Hall. Nearest car park is the Hilton car park, or you can use the multi-storey Donegall Quay Parking lot.

RSVP to by 12 June.

Join the discussion at our practitioner meetings

Practitioner meeting at Law Centre (NI)

The Law Centre’s next social security practitioners meeting takes place on 18 June at 11am at our Belfast office and focuses on:

  • latest on welfare reform in Northern Ireland,

  • main changes stemming from Universal Credit,

  • issues of common concern and test cases.

Our next community care and mental health practitioners meeting, on Friday 14 June at 10am, also at the Belfast office, will discuss:

  • relevant new case law and legislation,

  • Mental Capacity (Health, Welfare and Finance) Bill

  • Direct Payments and consent, and recent Departmental Guidance,

  • withdrawal and reduction of services and resources.

To confirm attendance at either meeting, please email

Finding solutions to the challenges faced by refugee children

Roundtable meeting

A recent roundtable, hosted by Law Centre (NI) and Horn of Africa People's Aid Northern Ireland, discussed the complex challenges facing children and young people who are refugees in the education system. 

Participants identified actions to address some of these difficulties, including:

  • building awareness of the particular needs of children from refugee communities; and

  • support for greater immersion in English language instruction 

Refugee law: cases that changed the world

Refugee Week logo

The Law Centre will celebrate Refugee Week 2013 with a debate at our Belfast office on Thursday 20 June, 4.30 to 6pm.

Speakers from the legal profession and academia will go head to head as they seek to convince the audience that their chosen case is the most noteworthy in the history of refugee law.

The Honourable Mr Justice Weir will chair the event. Speakers will be: Buster Cox, Law Centre (NI); Professor Colin Harvey, Queen’s University; Steven McQuitty, Bar Library; and Virginia McVea, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Light refreshments will follow.

Solicitors can claim one general group study CPD hour.

To confirm attendance, email by 17 June.

Trafficking in human beings: Law Centre training course

Klara Skrivankova

Register now for a course on Immigration Law and People Trafficking, to be held  at the Law Centre, Belfast, on Tuesday 28 June.

Find out more here: Immigration Law and People Trafficking

or contact, 028 7126 2433.

Law Centre courses carry CPD points for solicitors, barristers and CAB advisers.

Summer courses on benefit changes

Cover of Training Programme

The Law Centre’s training programme for 2013-14 is now online.  Download it here

You can enrol now for our summer courses:

Personal Independence Payment, 5 July, Belfast

Disability Related Benefits, 8 August, Belfast

Disability Related Benefits, 13 August, Western Area

Understanding Universal Credit, 15 August, Belfast              

Personal Independence Payment, 20 August, Belfast

For more details, visit the training section of our website or contact, 028 7126 2433.

Law Centre courses carry CPD points for solicitors, barristers and CAB advisers.

Law Centre priorities 2013-2014

The Law Centre has published its Business Plan for 2013-2014, setting out our main priorities for this financial year.  Read it here:

Law Centre (NI) Business Plan 2013-14

Day care service secured

Law Centre (NI) has been acting on behalf of a young man with autism and associated learning disability. Following his transition from school into adult social care services at age nineteen, the Health and Social Care Trust responsible for his care had failed to provide a day care service to him. We argued that the trust was breaching its legal duties in failing to provide an adequate and suitable service to meet his individual needs. The trust accepted our legal arguments and has now arranged for the provision of tailored day care.