Immigration Barristers Offer Legal Assistance to those Displaced due to Ukrainian Conflict

08 March 2022

The Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship Bar Association (IACBA) is coordinating and inviting practitioners to participate on a register of EU lawyers to assist immigration and refugee NGOs and civil society organisations

The nature of this emergency assistance can relate to the legal complexities in respect of Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) immigration, applications for international protection or other issues relating to permission to enter and to remain in the State.  Expertise in many other relevant areas of law which would be of interest to newly displaced citizens, on an emergency basis, include social welfare, housing, employment, education law.

Chair of the Council of the The Bar of Ireland, Maura McNally SC said:

This initiative is aimed a delivering for NGOs and those on the frontline of this invasion; assisting with their capacity to deal with what is emerging as the largest exodus in Europe since World War II. Barristers have a history of contributing to the war effort then, and are doing so again in what is hoped to be a significant way.

Chair of IACBA, Denise Brett SC said:

A crisis such as this, which sees the large scale sudden movement of millions as a result of an invasion, calls on us all to contribute in whatever way we can. 

As barristers who are expert in some of the key legal areas of concern to any persons fleeing the conflict, and seeking safety in Ireland, IACBA through The Bar of Ireland and the Council of European Bars (CCBE) are ideally placed to assist.

Most recently Ireland has joined Ukraine to the list of visa-exempt countries for travel to this State, which is of huge assistance to immigrants and those currently displaced. The State has also activated the Temporary Protection Directive which provides a new avenue by which meaningful assistance can be offered by Ireland.

With our panel of pro-bono practitioners, together with our European colleagues, relevant migrant and refugee organisations, we hope to be a resource to those displaced due to the invasion and considering temporary (or permanent) refuge in Ireland.  

How it will work

  • Legal Counsel: Members of The Bar of Ireland are invited to participate, and offer legal assistance on a pro-bono emergency basis by providing their details and of their area of legal specialism as well as any language proficiency to
  • NGOs & partnering EU Bar Associations will have available to them a resource of expert Counsel in order to assist those fleeing the Ukraine crisis seeking particular assistance in coming to Ireland.

Where an NGO/Bar Association registers a query, it will be triaged and assigned to one of our volunteering barristers who then will be your primary contact on your matter.

About the Immigration, Asylum & Citizenship Bar Association

The Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association (IACBA) is an association of barristers who are members of The Bar of Ireland specialising in immigration, asylum, Temporary Protection and International Protection law, in addition to related areas including employment permits, family reunification etc.

Their aim is to provide relevant continuing professional development seminars, information and public events to better inform barristers and the wider public of these areas of law.

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