The Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Irish Criminal Bar Association will co-host a seminar on Detention, Human Rights and the OPCAT on Monday 12th November 2018 at 4.30pm in the Ormond Meeting Rooms, Ormond Quay, Dublin 7.

This event carries 1.5 CPD points, for both solicitors and barristers. 


  • Mr. Liam Herrick, Executive Director, Irish Council for Civil Liberties
  • Ms. Laura Paton, Lead Inspector of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland and former coordinator of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism
  • Mr. Michael Lynn, SC
  • Ms. Fiona McNulty, Michael Kelleher Solicitors

Ireland signed the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture* (‘OPCAT’) in 2007. Legislation intended to ratify the OPCAT will be introduced by Government before the end of 2018. The enactment of strong legislation, covering a broad range of detention facilities, is essential to safeguarding human rights and effective prevention of torture in all places of detention in Ireland.

This seminar will be of interest to legal and other professionals concerned with conditions of detention wherever children and adults can be deprived of their liberty in Ireland, including: police stations, prisons, children’s secure care centres, psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, among others.

The seminar is an opportunity for practitioners to engage with the practical experience of ratifying OPCAT and implementation of the National Preventative Mechanism. For more information, visit:

  • Date: Monday 12th November 2018
  • Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a wine reception
  • Venue: Ormond Meeting Rooms, 31-36 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

To register for the event, please email