A STAR-STUDDED line up of national and international speakers has been announced for this year’s Burren Law School, which takes place at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan next month.
Journalist Robert Fisk, the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly and the former Libyan Minister for Health, Irish resident Dr Fatima Hamroush will all be in Ballyvaughan for this year’s event.
The theme of the school is ‘Twenty-First Century Justice? A Contemporary & Brehon Perspective’. The event will this year be jointly directed by three people for the first time ever – with Ivana Bacik, Anne Connolly and Aengus Ó Corráin sharing the responsibility.
This year’s summer school will be officially opened by Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin of UCC who will give a brief ‘Brehan’ welcome to participant in Newtown Castle Friday, May 2. The main event of the first evening of the school will be an open session with Booker Prize long-listed writer, and newly minter Limerick Person of the Year, Donal Ryan.
This year’s Binchy Memorial Lecture, named for Maeve Binchy who was a regular visitor to Ballyvaughan for the law school, will feature the current European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly.
One of the highlight of the Law School will be a session on ‘Justice Across Borders’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon including Robert Fisk and the former Libyan Minister for Health, Dr Fatima Hamroush. Robert Fisk is a renowned journalist – having been voted International Journalist of the Year on seven occasions and one of a very small number of western journalists to have interview Osama Bin Laden.
Dr Hamroush is an Irish citizen of Libyan origin who has been living in Meath for more than 15 years. A vocal critic of Muammar Gaddafi, she was appointed as Libya’s first female Health Minister by Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib in 2011 – a position she held for one year.
The second session of talks on Saturday will focus on the topic of ‘Systems of Justice’ and will feature Prof Richard Susskind, who will speak about ‘The 21st Century Lawyer’ and Bill Prasifka, the Financial Services Ombudsman, who will speak on the ‘The Role of the Ombudsman and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Ireland’.
Some of Sunday’s highlights will include a talk by Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court; a talk on ‘Access to Justice and the Rule of Law in Prisons’ by Dr Mary Rogan, Chairperson Irish Penal Reform Trust; and Kenneth W. Nicholls, who will give the Brehon Law Perspective.
For more information visit www.burrenlawschool.org.

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