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UKICJCN Seminar - Common Law and Prisoner Transfer in a post-Brexit Europe

The UK Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network held the second webinar in its online event series on Thursday 12th November.

The UK-Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD).  The network aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics to consider the implications of Brexit for criminal justice cooperation between Ireland and the UK.

The seminar Common Law and Prisoner Transfer in a post- Brexit Europe, took place on Thursday, 12th November, 2020.  

This event will featured academic presentations followed by practitioner discussant responses:

Presentation One: The Irish Common Law Trial and European Legal Culture”

Dr. Liz Heffernan, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin

This paper considered aspects of the Irish common law trial tradition in the framework of European criminal justice and against the backdrop of Brexit.

Practitioner Discussant One: Ray Briscoe, Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Directing Division, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions,

Presentation TwoPrisoner transfers within the Common Travel Area after Brexit

Prof. Tim J. Wilson, Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, Northumbria University Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne

 Prisoner transfer may have a significant impact on the nature and stability of future criminal justice cooperation within the Common Travel Area. Irrespective of the legal arrangements in place (or not) on 1st January, 2021, this issue offers scope for Irish-UK collaboration in (a) addressing dysfunctionality within the AFJS acquis and (b) encouraging greater realism about Art. 3 ECHR and penal reform.

Practitioner Discussant Two: Gerry McNally, President of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) and Assistant Director in the Probation Service in Ireland.

The UKICJC Network is grateful to Northumbria Law School for facilitating this event which was delivered via Blackboard Collaborate.