Staff & Board

Irish Rule of Law International is a project-oriented, non-profit organisation established by the Law Society of Ireland and the Bar of Ireland in 2007. In 2015, IRLI was joined by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and the Bar of Northern Ireland in the support and promotion of IRLI’s rule of law projects.

The Hon. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice, is IRLI’s patron.

IRLI is governed by a Board of Directors including representatives of the Law Society of Ireland, the Bar of Ireland, the Law Society of Northern Ireland, and the Bar of Northern Ireland. To ensure adequate growth management, in 2015 the Board expanded to include a number of other relevant experts specialising in International Development, Access to Justice, Business and Marketing.

IRLI has staff operating from its headquarters in Dublin.

IRLI’s project-based work is carried out through a wide range of pro-bono legal experts and programme lawyers, either remotely or in-country. In Malawi, where IRLI implements its largest programme on Access to Justice, a team of six Programme Lawyers support the programme for a minimum period of 12 months each.

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

John Shaw, Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society of Ireland

Company Secretary

Anna Hickey, Senior Associate, Philip Lee

Members of the Board of Directors

Bernard Brady QC, Barrister-at-Law, Chair of the Bar Council of Northern Ireland

Michael Carrigan, Solicitor and Arbitrator

Norville Connolly, Solicitor, Former President of the Law Society Northern Ireland

Orla Crowe SC, Barrister-at-Law

Kieran Falvey, Barrister-at-Law

Mary Keane, Director General of the Law Society of Ireland

Noel Lourdes, Consultant, Business and Finance

Eithne Lynch, Associate, Pro Bono, A&L Goodbody

Jeananne McGovern, Barrister-at-Law

Rachel Power, Solicitor

Executive Director

Aonghus Kelly

Director of Programmes

James Douglas

IRLI Malawi Programme on Access to Justice

Susie Kiely, Country Programme Manager

Macdara Ó Drisceoil, Programme Lawyer – Legal Aid Bureau

Tyler Holmes, Programme Lawyer – Malawi Police Service

Immaculate Maluza, Programme Lawyer – Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Lindiwe Sibande, Alternative Justice Programme Officer

Finn Fellow 

Sienna Dunakin 

Legal Volunteers

William Morten


Caroline Lamba

Financial Controller

Corina Byrne 

Media & Communications

With thanks to Matheson for continued support



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