Changing Ireland, Changing Law

26 Apr

‘Changing Ireland, Changing Law’ is a new IRC-funded project, led by Dr Mary Rogan, of DIT Law, and Professor Ivana Bacik, of the School of Law TCD, alongside community partners: Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), National Women’s Council (NWCI), Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) and the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen). The project seeks to explore the impact of the law on  society through an examination of the societal benefits which have flowed from individual cases, the research project will be hosting a series of seminars looking at topics from sexuality to immigration.

The first seminar will be held on Friday 8 May in Trinity College Dublin, ‘Women Changing Law, Changing Society’.


  • Professor Aileen McColgan (King’s College London);
  • Orla O’Connor (NWCI); Mary O’Toole SC; Professor Yvonne Scannell (TCD);
  • Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington (to be confirmed).

The seminar will focus on legal cases which have brought about social change for women in Ireland. Speakers will explore both the experience of taking such cases, and the impact that these cases have had.

This seminar series aims to explore the relationship between legal action and social change, and to promote debate on how public interest litigation has influenced or contributed to social change in Ireland, on a range of issues. The seminar series forms part of a joint DIT/TCD legal research project entitled ‘Changing Ireland, Changing Law’ (CICL) funded by the Irish Research Council, along with additional contribution from the Trinity College Dublin Equality Fund and Arts & Social Sciences Benefactions Fund.

Lunch will be provided at 1pm.

Attendance is free, but places are limited. To register for a place, please RSVP to:

Venue: Room 2.03, Áras an Phiarsaigh, Trinity College Dublin


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