13 inmates complete Citizenship and Law Course at Cork Prison

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) is very proud to report that it recently concluded its Second Annual Course on Citizenship and the Law in Cork prison. Thirteen inmates completed the short course, delivered by staff of the Law Faculty over a six week period in May / June 2009. Topics covered during the course included Family Law; the European Convention on Human Rights; EU Law; Immigration and Refugee Law; Criminal Justice and; the Irish Legal system.

The course is organised with the cooperation of the prison education service and the Governor of Cork prison. It is the only course of its kind taught within the prison service in Ireland and marks a unique collaboration between the CCJHR and Cork prison.

Building on similar initiatives in the U.S., the CCJHR and the prison education service hope to expand the current program in the next academic year, to create an innovative teaching space in which inmates of Cork prison and LLM Criminal Justice (clinical) students come together to study issues of crime, justice and human rights. ‘Teaching within the walls’ is a movement that developed within the U.S., to strengthen links between those inside and outside of the prison system. Behind this movement is the belief that university students and incarcerated women and men could mutually benefit in studying together as peers. From its beginning in Temple University, the ‘Inside-Out’ program has developed, and is now being expanded to universities throughout the U.S. with the support of the Soros Foundation. The aim of the program is not simply to transform legal education but to secure legal and policy changes through this process of dialogue and community outreach. As the programs vision statement puts it:

“We believe that those of us inside and outside of prison, by studying together and working on issues of crime, justice, and related social concerns, can catalyze changes that will make our communities more inclusive, just, and socially sustainable.”

Over the coming year, the CCJHR plans to develop links with the Inside Out program, and to explore opportunities for bringing the insights learned through this initiative to UCC.

For further information, contact course convenor, Dr Siobhán Mullally, s.mullally@ucc.ie, tel.021 490 2699

LL.M Criminal Justice – Closing Date 1 May 2008

As discussed previously, the LL.M Criminal Justice in University College Cork is currently receiving applications. The closing date for applications is 1 May 2008 and all interested parties are advised to apply within the recommended time frame.

The LL.M in Criminal Justice is an innovative, clinical Masters degree that makes the most of the vibrant atmosphere of graduate study here in UCC, the research conducted in the CCJHR, the excellent adjunct professors appointed to the Faculty including Hon. Justice Paul Carney (presiding judge of the Central Criminal Court), and the exceptional civil society and government links developed by the Faculty of Law. Overseen by LL.M Director Dr. Mary Donnelly and Clinical Legal Education Coordinator Gerard Murphy BL, this LL.M is in exceptionally high demand and entry is competitive.

The LL.M attracts an excellent mix of applicants such as law enforcement officials, NGO officers, people who have just completed a primary law degree, aspiring practitioners and academics, and members of the judiciary. Graduates of the programme go on to work in diverse fields, for example graduates are currently working in practice at the Bar or as a solicitor, in the academy, in government offices such as that of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and in law reform (some graduate profiles are available here).

Anyone with a query relating to the course ought to contact Gerard Murphy (g.murphy[at]ucc.ie)

LL.M Criminal Justice – Applications Open

The application process for the LL.M (Criminal Justice), provided by the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, UCC are now open. Applications can be made online and the closing date is 1st of May, 2008. Application details are available here.

The LLM (Criminal Justice) is a ground breaking post-graduate programme, unique to UCC. Students can select from a wide range of modules including Penology, Criminology, Juvenile Justice, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Cyber Crime, Terrorism Dissonance and Criminal Justice, and Mental Health Law. In addition students complete the Advanced Criminal Process Clinical Programme which introduces students to the realities of the Irish Criminal Justice system through placements with the courts, the police, the prison service, victim support agencies and the probation service. Students are also required to complete a 12,500 word dissertation in the area of criminal justice which is supervised by an academic member of the Faculty of Law with expertise in the relevant area.

As the LL.M (Criminal Justice) is an innovative and dynamic program with a strong clinical aspect, it is in exceptionally high demand. It draws participants from various backgrounds, including law enforcement, as well as applicants joining direct from their primary law degree. Details of the members of the Centre are their research areas are available here; details of the Faculty of Law members are available here.

Any queries ought to be directed to Gerard Murphy, Clinical Education Coordinator a gerard.murphy[at]ucc.ie

Michelle Diskin to address Criminal Justice students

Michelle Diskin will speak to the LL.M. (Criminal Justice) students at UCC about the trial and appeal of her brother Barry George. In 2001 Barry George was convicted of the murder of the well know television presenter Jill Dando. In 2007 the Court of Appeal in London quashed Barry George’s conviction and ordered a trial of the case. This talk will take place at in the Law Department UCC.

This lecture is being organised as part of the Advanced Criminal Process (Clinical Programme) which aims to encourage students to reflect on the realities of the criminal justice system in practice. The LLM (Criminal Justice) (Clinical) is a unique programme which is designed to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of criminal justice.

Please contact gerard.murphy[at]ucc.ie for more information on this event or the LLM (Criminal Justice) (Clinical) programme in general.

Judge James McNulty – “Sentencing in General and Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act in Particular”

District Court Judge James McNulty will address the LLM (Criminal Justice) students on the above topic at a lecture to be given at UCC today. This lecture is being organised as part of the Advanced Criminal Process (Clinical Programme) which aims to encourage students to reflect on the realities of the criminal justice system in practice.

The LLM (Criminal Justice) (Clinical) is a unique programme which is designed to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of criminal justice. More details of the programme, including admission criteria, are available here.

For more information on this event or the LLM (Criminal Justice) (Clinical) programme in general, please contact Gerard Murphy.

UPDATE For media coverage of Judge McNulty’s lecture see here