Professor Raphael Heffron

May 13, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

In the latest in our series profiling Irish and Northern Irish Lawyers who have worked abroad, we spoke with Professor Raphael Heffron, who is originally from Cobh in County Cork and works in the energy and climate sector. He is one of the foremost scholars in the world on energy justice, which is about the application of human rights across the energy life-cycle, i.e. applying the rule of law in the energy sector. He has published over 140 publications of different types and is the most cited scholar in energy law worldwide (1340+Scopus). Professor Heffron has also received an EU Jean Monnet Professorship and is the youngest ever to receive it twice (in 2016 and 2019); it is one of the highest awards for non-science academics in the EU. He is also elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland in 2018.

Keynote Speaker at The World Energy Summit in 2018 in Inner Mongolia in China, where Raphael spoke alongside 4 Nobel Prize Winners

Instruments Advocated and Used in Tanzania to Improve Child Victim Protection

May 13, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By David Siess

To address this challenge, together with our partners, and to advocate for improved conditions for children's rights, we have analysed the approaches taken by countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Malawi to identify lessons that can be applied in Tanzania.

Child Victim Protection Tanzania

Child Diversion Malawi - Siphiwe, 17

May 09, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

Our Child Diversion programme in Malawi centers on diverting children, who come into conflict with the law, away from the formal criminal justice system. 29 children, aged between 10 and 17, were placed on our programme this past year and we are delighted to start profiling some of those who have taken part. Here’s one great testimony from 17-year-old Siphiwe (we’ve used a pseudonym to protect her identity).

Child Diversion Malawi programme participant

Recruitment: Consultant, Malawi Programme

May 07, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

Irish Rule of Law International’s Access to Justice Programme in Malawi

Consultant for Development of New Programme Proposal

Recruitment: Legal Consultant, Malawi Programme

May 01, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

IRLI Legal Consultant - Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions

Access to Justice Programme Malawi

Ireland’s First Case Prosecuting and Convicting Female Genital Mutilation

April 30, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Aoife Lawlor

*Content warning: violence against women, child cruelty, and genital mutilation*


IRLI's Tanzania programme is aimed at providing access to justice to victims of child sexual abuse - building on Ireland's experience of investigating and prosecuting such matters. While Ireland has general expertise in CSA matters, this is not the case for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice which is more common in Tanzania. IRLI is monitoring the most recent developments in this Irish case. 

Magistrates' Trainings - Cecilia Lettiena Onsewa

April 25, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

As part of our programme in Malawi, we organise trainings for magistrates, which includes sentencing guidelines. Over the coming months, we will be profiling some of the magistrates that have taken part in our trainings. First up, Cecilia Lettiena Onsewa.

The Winds of Change for the Rule of Law - Event

April 23, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

We’re holding an online event in May, with Conor Linehan of William Fry, Catherine Donnelly SC of the Bar Council of Ireland & Raphael J. Heffron of Dundee University.

IRLI event May 2021

Fergal Gaynor

April 12, 2021 | posted by | 5sc

In the latest in our series profiling Irish and Northern Irish Lawyers who have worked abroad, we spoke with Fergal Gaynor, who has worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), represented victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and investigated crimes in Syria and Myanmar. He is currently working as the Reserve Chief Prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts in Cambodia, commonly known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, and has recently been appointed as a Judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Fergal is Irish, born in Malawi.

Fergal Gaynor

The Disproportionate Impact of the Covid-19 Regulations on Women

April 04, 2021 | posted by | 5sc
By Jessica O'Neill