How insufficient resources have resulted in a failed legal system in Malawi

March 31, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Andrea Vizsolyi

Solicitor Patricia Gannon

March 24, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

We're kicking off a series, profiling Irish and Northern Irish lawyers who have worked abroad or are working abroad. First up: Irish Solicitor, Patricia Gannon from Boyle, Co. Roscommon, who originally worked as a practitioner and eventually as founder/partner in the largest law firm in the Balkans. She is now an entrepreneur and social connector, running Gannon Advisory – an holistic strategic advisory business.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Children in Low Income Countries: Resource Deficits and Institutional Gaps in Child Diversion Programmes and Other Services for Children in Conflict with the Law in Malawi

March 13, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Lindiwe Sibande


The COVID-19 pandemic has been an immense shock to societies and economies globally. In more recent months, as a second more severe wave has affected more low-income countries, pre-existing strains on resources and gaps in institutional capacity have further been exacerbated. This article discusses the impact that COVID-19 has had on children in Malawi and further illustrates the additional impact faced by children in conflict with the law.

Children and Covid-19 measures in Malawi

Judicial Responses to Covid-19 in Malawi

March 10, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Susie Kiely


Practical sociocultural, educative and incentivising strategies are what is needed to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic nationally, not - though popular the world over - the transfer of the burden to the blunt instrument of criminal law, which often proves ineffective and dangerous, and disproportionally disadvantages the most vulnerable of society.

Judicial Officer Chikondi Mandala

March 07, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

29-year-old Chikondi Mandala is an Assistant Registrar at the High Court of Malawi. In her early twenties, she became the youngest magistrate in Malawi’s history. Today, on International Women's Day, we’re shining a light on Chikondi and the work she does.

Chikondi Mandala Malawi High Court Registrar

COVID and Policing in Malawi

March 02, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Tyler Holmes


Through late February, three times as many official cases of Covid-19 have been identified in 2021 as there were in 2020. And police warnings about using force to affect the lockdown have come true in beatings and arrests.

The Parliament of Malawi should hire and fund the Independent Complaints Commission (ICC)

February 25, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Victor Mhango and Tyler Holmes


An independent police complaints body is not only about holding police to account, but also about respecting victims’ rights. Over half of respondents to the government’s Justice and Democratic Accountability Survey in 2018 were unsatisfied with the fairness of the police when responding to crime. An ICC will allow victims to access justice through an impartial body that will respect their dignity.

COVID-19 Highlights the Inability of the Malawian Criminal Justice System to Cater to the Needs of Persons with Mental Health Conditions

February 19, 2021 | posted by | 90sc
by Lawyer Andrea Vizsolyi, Director of IRLI’s Public Prosecution’s Programme from our Malawi Project.


Resources for those with mental health conditions in Malawi are severely limited (there is only one psychiatric hospital in the country), and criminal justice actors lack requisite sensitivity and/or knowledge in dealing with mental health conditions. This makes the frequent limbo of such accused persons dangerous to themselves and those surrounding them.

Women in Malawi and the Impact of their Marital Status

January 26, 2021 | posted by | 90sc
by Jessica O'Neill, chairperson of IRLI's Blackhall Trainee programme.

This blog post was first published in the Cambridge University Human Rights Law Society Blog and draws upon research conducted at IRLI on Malawi's compliance with its obligations under international human rights law.