Invitation to International Symposium on Constitutional Convention

Date for your Diary: Thursday 21 June 2012

International Symposium on the
Constitutional Convention:
Best Practice and Guiding Principles for Reform

9am-1pm, Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Great Hall
Tailors Hall
Back Lane, Christchurch, Dublin 8

(see map below)

Next week, on Thursday 21 June 2012, theIrish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will host an International Symposium in Dublin on the Government’s recent proposals to establish a Constitutional Convention for Ireland.

The keynote speaker will be Michele Brandt, international expert on constitutional reform, former Director of Interpeace’s ‘Constitution-making for Peace’ programme and co-author of the Interpeace handbook for policy makers, Constitution Making and Reform: Options for the process.

Michele has spent over a dozen years directly assisting constitutional reform processes worldwide. She was the full-time constitutional advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the Afghan Constitutional Commission. In Timor-Leste, Michele served with the United Nations Transitional Administration as a judicial affairs officer and was a member of the Transitional Judicial Service Commission as well as the Cabinet Legislative Committee and later directed the Asia Foundation’s Constitutional Development program. In Cambodia, Michele co-founded the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center and directed an eleven-office legal aid association. She has published numerous articles on human rights, capacity development, gender, peace building, and the rule of law, including a study of the United Nations’ constitutional assistance efforts.

She and other speakers at the Symposium will consider the potential of the Constitutional  Convention, as it is currently proposed,  to foster a sense of participation, inclusion and national ownership in the process of reforming the Irish Constitution.

Participants will be invited to consider international best practice on methods for constitutional reform with a specific focus on the model/process proposed by Government and to consider what we can learn from recent experiences in other countries.

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Who should attend?


Anyone who is interested in proposals to reform the Irish Constitution will have an interest in the Symposium.  It will draw together decision makers, legal and constitutional experts, voices from civil society and other relevant stakeholders to engage in a robust debate on important issues in relation to the process and likely outcome of the proposed Constitutional Convention.

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Tailors Hall, Back Lane, Christchurch, Dublin 8

Click map for directions

The Tailors Hall is the last remaining Guildhall of the city and one of the oldest continuously used secular buildings in Ireland.  Today, it is one of 46 historic structures in the care of An Taisce, The National
Trust for Ireland.

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