‘Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change’ was held at the University of Limerick on September 11th. This event was organised by Dr. Susan Leahy and Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly. The conference was a timely one in light of the impending implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive in Ireland this November.
The event was a great success and was attended by over 100 delegates including representatives from key criminal justice stakeholders such as An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service, the judiciary and representatives from victims’ rights organisations.
Keynote speakers at the conference included: Garda Commissioner, Ms. Noirin O’Sullivan, The Honourable Mr Justice Robert Eagar, Professor Matthew Hall, Professor Jonathan Doak, Ms, Joan Deane (AdVic) and Ms. Ellen O’Malley –Dunlop (Dublin Rape Crisis Centre). The conference closed with the launch of Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies which aims to build upon the important research conducted in the area of victims’ rights within the School of Law.
Read Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon’s Opening Address at the Conference here