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Casework volunteers

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Law Centre (NI) will accept expressions of interest in short-term (minimum of three months) placements to volunteer in one of the following areas of casework: immigration, social security, employment and community care.

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Vacancy - Legal Adviser (Mental Health)

The Law Centre is seeking candidates for the post of Legal Adviser (Mental Health) for maternity leave cover.

Full details and an application form can be found on our Work With Us page.

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Migrants and benefits: a new guide

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Law Centre (NI) has published an advisers' guide on Migrants and Benefits, on behalf of Belfast Integration and Participation Project.

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Working for progress for refugees, asylum seekers and people who have been trafficked

We gave evidence last week to the Justice Committee on the Human Trafficking Bill.

Liz Griffith, policy officer at the Law Centre, spoke yesterday on Radio Ulster Talkback about the challenges faced by asylum seekers in NI:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vpfmd (fast forward to around 20 minutes into the prgramme)

Les Allamby's contribution to 'Nowhere to go' a programme about destitute asylum seekers, clarified the position of asylum seekers as regards benefits:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vphn5

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister has announced that a crisis fund for refugees and asylum seekers is due to be set up:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-26175391

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DEL funded PhD opportunities at the School of Law, University of Ulster

There are PhD funding opportunities with DEL at the University of Ulster School of Law. Supervision areas include transitional justice, human rights, international law, socio-legal studies and legal theory: www.socsci.ulster.ac.uk/gradschool/law_projects.html.

Please feel free to contact potential supervisors to discuss proposals.

Funding opportunities are at:
http://research.ulster.ac.uk/info/prospective/funding.html  

Full details for applicants:
http://research.ulster.ac.uk/info/status/prospective.html

Deadline is 28 February 2014.

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Changes in Child Maintenance

The Northern Ireland Child Maintenance Service (CMS) has been undergoing major reforms.

Parents should contact Child Maintenance Choices service to find out more about their options.

Choices can also signpost parents to additional support services in areas such as legal advice, mediation, parenting and finance.

For further information go to: www.nidirect.gov.uk/child-maintenance or phone 0800 028 7439.

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Vacancy - PILS Project Development Officer

PILS logoThe PILS Project seeks a temporary Development Officer.

The PILS Project is an independent organisation which seeks to advance human rights and equality in Northern Ireland through the use of and support for public interest litigation.

The successful candidate will work with the PILS Project Manager and Solicitor to secure improvements in the protection and promotion of human rights in Northern Ireland. The post-holder will be responsible for working closely with PILS members to advise them on the potential of the PILS Project to help them with their objectives; will be responsible for managing PILS pro bono register; will be responsible for the project’s publications and communication systems; will monitor relevant case-law; carry out legal research and act as a conduit to the Project Manager and Solicitor on possible litigation efforts.

The successful candidate will have a law degree or a relevant social science degree, one year of legal experience post qualification or one year of experience working in a non-governmental organisation dealing with human rights issues, excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent knowledge of communication and information systems.

This is a 10-12 month temporary post with a salary of SO1, Pt. 30 £25,727 + 8% pension. Immediate start desirable.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 2pm, Friday 14 February 2014

Interviews will be held on the 26 February 2014

To discuss this post/project, interested individuals should contact Melissa Murray on 028 9044 6201.

For an application form and further details, please contact Mickey Ghanni in writing (hard copy or email) at The PILS Project, Arthur House, 41 Arthur Street, Belfast, BT1 4GB or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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Creating the good economy - NICVA conference - 31 January

Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action is holding conference to explore the economic position of young people, the wider causes and implications of intergenerational trends, and what should be done to ensure a good economy for young and old alike.

Speakers include Bonnie Greer, social commentator, Ed Howker, author of The Jilted Generation, and Richard Ramsey, Chief Economist at Ulster Bank.

The conference, the first in a series of three, is on Friday 31 January 2014 in Riddel Hall, Belfast. For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 9087 7777.

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Frontline 90 - Winter 13-14

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Frontline 90 Winter 2013-2014 is now available online.

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Law Centre Impact Report 2013 and LSP Impact Report 2013

The Law Centre's 2013 Impact Report is available now and details our work over the past year.

Download Impact Report 2013.

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Also available is the Legal Services Project Impact Report.

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Download LSP Impact Report 2013.

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Human trafficking and the law conference - 10 January

Free One-Day Conference

Friday 10 January 2014, 9:30 - 17:00

Europa Hotel, Great Victoria St, Belfast

Last few places remaining - book online now


This conference is aimed at NGO staff, local government workers, lawyers,academics, support services and other front line agencies in contact with victims of human trafficking.

There will be sessions on:

• Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

• The National Referral Mechanism

• Working with Victims of Trauma

• Case Study Workshop

Also, breakout seminars on:

• The Rights of Trafficking Victims Under EU Law

• The Criminalisation of Trafficked Persons

• Child Victims of Trafficking

• Litigating Trafficking Cases at the European Court of Human Rights

(Pick any two of these whilst booking online)


Conference organised by the AIRE Centre - a specialist charity whose mission is to promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights. See more at: www.airecentre.org






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Major conference on asylum law

The European Database of Asylum Law is holding an international conference on asylum law in Dublin.

'Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis' a conference organized by staff of the European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL), at the Irish Refugee Council, in conjunction with the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL).

Hilton Charlemont Hotel, Dublin, on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 January 2014

The conference will be addressed by a number of distinguished speakers, including: Professor Guy Goodwin Gill, All Souls College, Oxford and Matrix Chambers

UK Judge Lars Bay Larsen, President of the Tenth Chamber of the Court of Justice of the EU Dr. Cathryn Costello, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford, UK

Ms. Nuala Mole, AIRE Centre, UK

Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey, President of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK

Mr. Bernard Dawson, Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Immigration & Asylum Chamber, UK

Ms. Diane Goodman, Deputy Director, Bureau for Europe, UNHCR

Mr. Adriano Silvestri, Head of Sector, Asylum, Migration & Borders, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights

Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen, University of Aarhus, Denmark

as well as several other well-known and esteemed experts on asylum law from Ireland and abroad.

Registration is now open at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu. A reduced rate of €224 is available to IRC, ECRE and ICEL members, NGO employees and lawyers in their first 5 years of practice.

To reserve a place, please e-mail, post or fax a completed copy of the attached booking form to - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Fax: +353-1-896 4455 Post: Irish Centre for European Law, House 39, Law School, Trinity College, Dublin 2

Reservations may also be made directly by phoning the ICEL Administrator 10am-2pm, Mon-Fri at +353-1-896 1845.

9 CPD points are available for attendance More details are available at www.asylumlawdatabase.eu.

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Welfare reform coming to a head, hears Law Centre AGM

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Law Centre (NI) AGM and seminar on welfare reform

Welfare reform – looking forward – before and after the Bill

Law Centre (NI) AGM and seminar 2013

With members of the Northern Ireland Assembly Social Development Committee

Mickey Brady MLA, Paula Bradley MLA, Michael Copeland MLA and Stewart Dickson MLA

When: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 10am to 1.15pm, followed by lunch
Where: Groundwork 63-75 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

RSVP: by Friday 6 December to Ann Cartwright: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 028 9024 4401

This venue has disabled access.  Vegetarian food will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary or other needs.

 You can download a PDF of the invitation to our 2013 AGM here.

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Trafficked young people get specialist help

Fidelma O'Hagan, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney Deirdre Coyle, at the launch of Law Centre (NI)'s new legal and policy support service for young people who have been trafficked

Fidelma O’Hagan, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney and Deirdre Coyle at Law Centre (NI) launch of the new anti-trafficking young people project.

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Pro bono work: international perspectives and local solutions

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Training places available

Some places remain on two upcoming Law Centre training courses:

Understanding Universal Credit - Belfast  28 November 2013

Personal Independence Payments - Derry 05 December 2013

Please visit the above links for more details or contact Elaine McCorriston:

02871 262343 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Launch of Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People Project

Law Centre (NI) would like to invite you to the launch of the Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People Project.

Where: Law Centre (NI), 124 Donegall Street, Belfast

When: Friday 6 December, 11am

Speakers:

Patricia Lewsley-Mooney - Commissioner for Children and Young People

Fidelma O'Hagan - Anti Trafficking Legal and Policy Adviser

Followed by a Q&A session.

This project is funded by Comic Relief

RSVP no later than Frdiay 29 November to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Transforming your care seminars UPDATE

The Rights in Community Care seminar series offers an opportunity to explore critical issues affecting the provision of social care in Northern Ireland against the backdrop of Transforming Your Care. The seminars feature speakers from both the statutory and non-statutory sectors, followed by discussion time.

Unfortunately the seminar due to take place on 22 November (Personalisation, Rights and Excellence in Care) has had to be postponed until February, due to availability of speakers.

The next seminar will now be Involving the Experts: Making the Most of Service User and Carer Participation. It will take place on Friday 6 December, from10.30am-12.30pm at Groundwork NI, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast.

The seminar will focus on user and carer involvement in service planning, review and delivery. Speakers are:

  • Jo Moriarty from King's College London, who has researched current best practice in engaging users and carers and is the author of Social Care Institute for Excellence practice guide on participation;
  • Maeve Hully, Chief Executive of the Patient Client Council who will talk about the role of the Patient Client Council in supporting and promoting public and personal involvement, and what opportunities TYC offers to improve engagement in health and social care;
  • a carer (TBC) who is involved in planning at NI-wide strategic level through roles in a number of regional strategic implementation groups;
  • Laura Collins, who is engaging in local commissioning by taking up a carer place on one of the new ICPs.

For more information, or to book a free place, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Another seminar, Transitions in care: lessons to be learned, will be held on 17 January 2014 at the Law Centre.

The Rights in Community Care Group (RICC) is an umbrella group of organisations including Law Centre (NI), Carers Northern Ireland, Age NI, UNISON, Disability Action and Alzheimer's Society.

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Frontline 89 online

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Frontline autumn 2013 is out. 

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