Conference: Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change

Conference: Victims' Rights: An Agenda for Change

On September 11th 2015, the Centre for Criminal Justice will host a one day conference on Victims' Rights entitled 'Victims' Rights in Ireland: An Agenda for Change'. Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (The Victims’ Rights Directive) must be implemented into the national laws of all EU Member States by the 16th of November 2015. In light of the implementation of this Directive, this one day conference at the University of Limerick is timely and will provide a forum to facilitate discussion about the requirements of the Directive. The conference will be of interest to a wide variety of criminal justice stakeholders including members of an Garda Síochána and members of the judiciary and legal professions, as well representatives from interest groups and academics.

Keynote speakers:

  • Mr Justice Peter Charleton (Supreme Court)
  • Garda Commissioner Noírín O’Sullivan
  • Professor Matthew Hall (University of Lincoln)
  • Professor Jonathan Doak (University of Durham)
  • Ms. Ellen O’Malley Dunlop (Dublin Rape Crisis Centre)
  • Ms. Joan Deane (ADVIC)

Breakout sessions will also provide an opportunity for debate about the key themes of the Directive (i.e. participation, information and protection) and consider how best Ireland can meet the challenges posed in honouring the requirements of the new Directive. Presentations at these sessions will be provided by academics and stakeholders with expertise in the area of victims’ rights.

6.5 CPD points available


A provisional programme for the event is available here.


Susan Leahy and Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly

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