Reception Conditions Directive conference

When: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Where: The Law Society of Ireland, Presidents' Hall





The Irish Refugee Council and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles are delighted to invite you to a conference on Ireland’s opt-in to the recast EU Reception Conditions Directive (2013/32/EU).

As Ireland begins the process of transposition, the conference brings together academic experts and practitioners to discuss the implications of the Directive for people seeking asylum in Ireland. The aim of the conference is to inform stakeholders of the scope of the Directive and to provide guidance on the relevant standards to be applied in its transposition.

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Venue: The Law Society of Ireland, Presidents’ Hall

Please RSVP (and any queries) to: Luke Hamilton:

Draft Programme

9:00 – 9:45 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Welcome: Nick Henderson (Irish Refugee Council)

Panel 1: The Reception Conditions Directive – 10:00 – 11:45

Chair:  Caoimhe Sheridan (Irish Refugee and Migrant Coalition)

The Reception Conditions Directive  – History, Challenges and Opportunities
Dr Lieneke Slingenberg (Vrije University, Amsterdam)

The EU Context – Lessons learned from other EU Member States
Minos Mouzourakis (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Ireland’s human rights obligations and opt-in to the RCD
Dr Ciara Smyth (School of Law, NUI Galway)

11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break

Panel 2: Reception and Detention Conditions in Ireland – 12:00 – 13:00    

Chair:   Minos Mouzourakis (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

Individual rights and permitted limitations: Detention; Freedom of movement & Reduction / Withdrawal of material reception conditions
Enda O’Neill (UNHCR Ireland)

McMahon as roadmap – improvements in reception conditions
Jennifer DeWan (Nasc – the Irish Immigrant Support Centre)

13:00 – 13:45  Lunch (provided)

Panel 3: Specific Issues – 13:45 – 15:45    

Chair:  Brian Collins (Irish Refugee Council, Independent Law Centre)

The RCD and the rights of child asylum seekers in Ireland   
Dr Samantha Arnold (European Migration Network, Ireland)

Addressing the special reception needs of vulnerable asylum seekers
Luke Hamilton (Irish Refugee Council, Independent Law Centre)

Effective access to the Irish Labour market for asylum seekers 
Dr Liam Thornton (School of Law, University College Dublin)