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Conference Programme

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Wednesday 15th May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Evening Welcome Reception

The Bar of Northern Ireland & Includes Tour of the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast
Dress Code: Business Attire / Business Casual

Delegates will be welcomed at the Royal Courts of Justice for a commencement reception. Our guest speaker, Naomi Long MLA is the Minister for Justice in the newly formed Northern Ireland Executive. 

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Naomi Long MLA

Minister for Justice, Northern Ireland Executive

Thursday 16th May, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Belfast Conference Sessions

Titanic Hotel, Belfast
Dress Code: Business Attire / Business Casual

9:00am - 9.15am: Official Welcome
The Rt. Hon. Dame Siobhan Keegan

The Rt. Hon. Dame Siobhan Keegan

Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

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Welcome Address:

9.15am - 10.50am: Navigating the Crossroads: Cancel Culture, Free Speech and the Right to Offend

How can legal systems navigate conflicts between communication norms, cultural diversity, and human rights in the digital age?

Panel Chair:

Moira Smyth KC

Moira Smyth KC

Chair, The Bar of Northern Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

The Hon Mr. Justice David Scoffield

The Hon Mr. Justice David Scoffield

High Court Judge, Northern Ireland

Joanna Cherry KC MP

Joanna Cherry KC MP

Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South-west

Attorney General Panel:

Lord Keith Stewart of Dirleton KC

Lord Keith Stewart of Dirleton KC

Advocate General, Scotland

Rossa Fanning SC

Rossa Fanning SC

Attorney General, Ireland

Panel 1
10.50am - 11.30am: Tea / Coffee Break
11.30am - 1.00pm: Rule of Law Under Fire: Existing in an Age of Conflict

When statehood collapses, how do we respond and hold those responsible to account?

Panel Chair:

Peter Coll KC

Peter Coll KC

The Bar of Northern Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

Yurii Bielousov

Yurii Bielousov

Head of Department for Combatting Crimes Committed in Conditions of Armed Conflict, Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin KC Hon

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin KC Hon

Professor of Law, School of Law, Queens University Belfast

The Rt. Hon. Victoria Prentis KC MP

The Rt. Hon. Victoria Prentis KC MP

Attorney General for England & Wales

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC

Barrister, Matrix Chambers

Session Panel Members:

Roddy Dunlop KC

Roddy Dunlop KC

Dean, Faculty of Advocates, Scotland

Peter Dunning KC

Peter Dunning KC

President of the Australian Bar Association

Panel 2
1.00pm - 2.15pm: Lunch
2:15pm - 4.00pm: AI Unleashed: Tomorrow's Legal Landscape and the New Normal?

How can the law keep pace with technological innovation and application? And to what extent will the integrity of our legal systems be strengthened or weakened by their adoption?

Panel Chair:

Donal Lunny KC

Donal Lunny KC

The Bar of Northern Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

Emma Wright

Emma Wright

Technology and Data Lawyer, Partner at Harbottle & Lewis

Uwais Iqbal

Uwais Iqbal

Founder, Simplexico

Professor David Leslie

Professor David Leslie

Director of Ethics and Responsible Innovation Research, Alan Turing Institute

Session Panel Members:

Felix Geiringer

Felix Geiringer

New Zealand Bar Association

Victor Dawes SC

Victor Dawes SC

Hong Kong Bar Association

Panel 3

Thursday 16th May, 8.00pm

Traditional Irish Night & Drinks Reception

The Sheds, Distillery Building, Dublin
(Transport provided to Dublin)

Sample our all-island hospitality with an experience of music, food and speciality drinks.

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Friday 17th May, 8.30am-4.15pm

Dublin Conference Sessions

Dublin Castle
Dress Code: Business Attire / Business Casual

9.15am - 9.30am: Official Welcome
The Hon. Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell

The Hon. Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell

Chief Justice of Ireland

Welcome Address:

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9.30am - 11.00am: Law in the Era of the Climate Crisis: Unearthing the Legal Challenges

Sharing global insights on how we balance the rights and interests of the many amidst the urgency can help shape the response of our legal systems.

Panel Chair:

Sara Phelan SC

Sara Phelan SC

Chair, The Bar of Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

Sarah Mead

Sarah Mead

Co-Director, Climate Litigation Network, Urgenda

Catherine Higham

Catherine Higham

Policy Fellow LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Session Panel Members:

Andrea Gabriel SC

Andrea Gabriel SC

Society of Advocates of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Samuel Townend KC

Samuel Townend KC

Chair of The Bar of England and Wales

Dr Andrew Butler KC

Dr Andrew Butler KC

New Zealand Bar Association

Panel 4
Panel 5
11.00am - 11.30am: Tea / Coffee Break
11.30am - 1.00pm: Humanity on the Move: Legal Frontiers in Migration and Human Rights

Are our international courts and bodies up to the mark? What reforms should now be considered?

Panel Chair:

Sara Moorhead SC

Sara Moorhead SC

The Bar of Ireland

Keynote Speakers:

Gillian Triggs

Gillian Triggs

Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Office of the UNHCR

The Rt. Hon. Lord Ben Stephens

The Rt. Hon. Lord Ben Stephens

Justice of the Supreme Court, United Kingdom

Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC

Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC

Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers

Session Panel Members:

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Dominique Hogan-Doran SC

Australian Bar Association

Panel 6
1.00pm - 2.15pm: Lunch
2.15pm - 4.00pm: An Independent Bar and an Independent Judiciary: Perspectives from Judges in ICAB Jurisdictions

A roundtable discussion featuring Chief Justices from a number of jurisdictions on the nature of their roles and work, and how an independent Bar can contribute to facing contemporary issues.

Panel Chair:

The Hon. Mr. Justice David Barniville

The Hon. Mr. Justice David Barniville

President of the High Court of Ireland

Panel of Judges:

The Hon. Justice Mark Livesey

The Hon. Justice Mark Livesey

President of the Court of Appeal of South Australia

The Hon. Dame Susan Glazebrook

The Hon. Dame Susan Glazebrook

Supreme Court of New Zealand / Te Kōti Mana Nui

The Rt. Hon. Dame Siobhan Keegan

The Rt. Hon. Dame Siobhan Keegan

Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland

The Honourable Raymond Zondo

The Honourable Raymond Zondo

Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa

The Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway

The Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway

Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General of Scotland

The Hon. Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne

The Hon. Ms. Justice Elizabeth Dunne

Supreme Court of Ireland

The Rt. Hon, The Baroness Sue Carr

The Rt. Hon, The Baroness Sue Carr

Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales

Friday 17th May, 7.00pm

Gala Dinner

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 
Dress Code: Black Tie

To conclude the conference, we are delighted to announce that Helen McEntee TD, the Minister for Justice at the Government of Ireland will deliver an address to delegates.

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Closing Address:
Helen McEntee TD

Helen McEntee TD

Minister for Justice, Government of Ireland

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