Social justice lecture:
law as a tool for social change
Law Centre (NI)'s inaugural social justice lecture: Law as
a Tool for Social Change, takes
place on 26 September, 4.30 to 6pm, Crumlin Road
Gaol, Belfast. Lord
Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan will
introduce a keynote lecture by Martyn
Martyn Day is the senior partner at London-based solicitors Leigh
Day. He heads the firm’s international claims team
which brings legal actions on behalf of people,
primarily in the developing world, against
multi-national corporations and government.
A former Chair of Greenpeace in the UK and Chem Trust, he now is
a Trustee of the Greenpeace Environmental Trust. He
is an Executive Committee Member of the Society of
Labour Lawyers and a fellow of Association of
Personal Injuries Lawyers.
He regularly writes and speaks around the world on environmental
and justice issues to try and encourage a greater
use of the law to hold multi-nationals to account.
Transforming Your Care
Rights in Community Care will hold the first of a
series of seminars on Transforming Your Care
on Friday 6 September, 10.15am to 12.20pm, at
Disability Action, Portside Business Park,
189 Airport Road West, Belfast.
Rights in Community Care Group (RICC) is
an umbrella group of organisations including Law
Centre (NI), Carers Northern Ireland, Age NI,
UNISON, Disability Action and Alzheimer’s Society.
The first seminar will explore how equality and
human rights are translated into care and service
The aim is to stimulate debate with key stakeholders
how equality and human rights are translated into
care and service delivery against the
emphasis in Transforming Your Care program on the
personalisation of care, placing the individual at
the centre, integrated care, improved communication
between services and a joined up approach in care
For more information, contact Michelle McCoy at
Disability Action 9029 7880 or talk to our Policy
Economic impact of
Members of the Northern
Ireland Advice Services Consortium (Law
Centre (NI), Citizen’s Advice, Advice NI) will join
forces with the Northern
Ireland Council for Voluntary Action to
hold a conference on welfare reform and the impact
on the local economy on Thursday
3 October, 9.30am to 2.30pm, at NICVA, 61 Duncairn
Professor Christina Beattie and Professor Steve
Fothergill from the Centre for Regional Economic and
Social Research in Sheffield Hallam University will
present the findings of research commissioned by
NICVA on the impact of welfare reform.
Imran Hussain, from the Child Action Poverty Group
and Cecilia Keaveney from the Chartered Institute of
Housing will provide an update on the impact of
welfare reform in GB over the past year and draw
conclusions on the likely impact in Northern
Ireland. Les Allamby of the Law Centre will give an
analysis of welfare reform in Northern Ireland.
This will be followed by a panel discussion with
representatives of political, public, private,
voluntary and community sectors.
For more info, contact
ring the Law Centre's policy unit.
Time to learn: new Law
Representing clients at mental health review
Carers and their rights,
Representing at mental health review tribunals,
Social Security - seeking work, other requirements
and sanctions, Belfast
Representing at mental health tribunals,
European law and immigration,
Understanding Universal Credit,
Redundancy, lay-off and employer insolvency,
8 October to 26 November
Welfare Rights Adviser Programme,
(eight day course)
All our courses carry CPD points for solicitors,
barristers and CAB advisers.
Download our full training programme here.
For more details, visit the training section
of our website email
or phone 028 7126 2433.
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In a lead case taken by the Law Centre, the High
Court in Belfast has ruled that a Sudanese family
should not be returned from Northern Ireland to the
Irish Republic and face the possibility of
deportation back to Sudan.
This was the first of 38 cases before the High
Court, where Sudanese individuals and families who
moved from the Republic to Northern Ireland are
challenging a decision by the Home Office to return
them to the Republic under the Dublin II Convention.
The Convention allows countries to remove applicants
to the country where the original asylum claim was
Based on independent in-country reports, the UK
position is that it is not safe to return non-Arab
Darfuris to Sudan. As a result asylum is normally
granted to applicants. In the Republic of Ireland,
non-Arab Darfuris are not automatically granted
asylum and can therefore be deported.
The judgement upheld the argument that the best
interests of the children were served by remaining
in Northern Ireland and the decision to remove the
family was quashed.
The judge also considered the issue of the treatment
of asylum seekers in the Republic of Ireland, citing
independent reports detailing deficiencies in the
Republic’s treatment of asylum seekers and the low
rate of success with appeals, although he ruled that
these did not amount to ‘systemic deficiencies’.