Irish Rule of Law International is a project-orientated, non-profit rule of law initiative established by the Law Society of Ireland and The Bar of Ireland. Originally founded in 2007, the project has collaborated with academics, judges, legal practitioners, policymakers and civil society around the world to advance collective knowledge of the relationship between rule of law, democracy, sustained economic development and human rights.
IRLI originated in recognition of the increased emphasis placed on rule of law in development aid and in response to the number of requests for assistance received by Ireland involving the rule of law. We believe that members of the Irish legal profession have a significant role to play in enhancing the rule of law and shaping the progress of fragile societies. IRLI seeks to harness the skills of Irish and international lawyers to use the law as a means of tackling global injustice and empowering all people to live in a society free from inequality, corruption and conflict.
IRLI Malawi Annual Report 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015
The IRLI Malawi Annual Report 1 July 2014 - 30 June 2015 can be viewed here.
IRLI’s “Access To Justice” Project In Malawi:
The overall aim/objective of Irish Rule of Law International’s (IRLI) programme in Malawi is: “Improved Access to Justice for Unrepresented Vulnerable Persons in the Criminal Justice System in the Central Region of Malawi”
IRLI has been working in Malawi since 2011, in a spirit of partnership with key stakeholders in the Malawi criminal justice system, with a view to promoting the rule of law and delivering greater access to justice for the most vulnerable. IRLI works always with a view to promoting communication, cooperation and coordination throughout the system itself.
The Bar of Ireland provides three yearly scholarships for junior members to attend Innocence Projects in the US and assist by using their legal skills to overturn wrongful convictions. This has been running for four years and has grown during this time.