Law Centre

The primary aims of the Law Centre are to meet unmet legal need in a strategic manner and to promote and deliver early legal advice and representation to those in the early stages of the asylum process.

Early legal advice

In response to a clearly identified unmet legal need, a significant number of our cases will involve providing advice to asylum seekers in the early stage of the asylum process, in advance of their interview with ORAC.  Applicants who wish to access these services will be able to do so through an outreach clinic and by appointment.  For capacity reasons, and to ensure the quality of our services, we will be able to offer this service to a maximum of approximately 100 clients per year.

Referrals from Organisations

We will also accept referrals from organisations in relation to individuals at various stages of the asylum/refugee process where those cases may be of strategic benefit to asylum seekers in Ireland and/or where an individual is extremely vulnerable and  has difficulties in otherwise accessing legal services.

If an organisation wishes to make a referral, they can discuss this with us by contacting us on 01 764 5854 or by email at lawcentre@irishrefugeecouncil.ie.  After speaking with us, we may ask referring organisations to complete a Law Centre Referral Form.

Advice Clinics

The Law Centre also hopes to establish an additional appointment-based legal advice clinic in the coming months which will be based in a Dublin city centre location.

Early legal advice clinic flyer

Policy Work & Capacity Building

Arising out of our work with individual clients, we will seek to identify issues which affect asylum seekers and refugees.  We also hope to support voluntary organisations and practitioners working on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers.