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Court Interpretation and Procedural Justice issues in Wales and the Republic of Ireland

Event date: Friday, 10 November 2023

Online Event - Microsoft Teams

The first in this seminar series funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council explores the constitutional and procedural justice aspects of multilingualism within an official language context both in Ireland and Wales. The seminar brings together experts on the legal and constitutional status of Irish and Welsh, to develop a better understanding of language as a fair trial issue (and what this means), language as an equality issue, and language as a freedom of expression entitlement.

Programme of Events

11:00 - 11:15 Introduction - (Dr. Catrin Fflûr Huws/Dr Róisín Costello)
11:15 - 11:30 The Status of Minority Languages in the Republic of Ireland and Wales
Status of Irish - constitutional and official languages legislation – Dr Séan Ó Conaill (UCC)

Status of Welsh – Yr Athro Emyr Lewis, Aberystwyth University


The right to interpretation in EU and ECHR Law - Dr Nikos Vogiatzis (Essex)

13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 15:00 Courtroom Interpretation and Language Rights in Irish and Welsh Courts

Language Rights – Gwion Lewis KC


Fair trial rights and interpretation in Ireland - TBC


Welsh – Arranging bilingual trials in the courts in Wales Hywel Hughes - HMCTS

15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 17:00

Procedural Rights and Courtroom Interpretation


Jury selection in Ireland - Daithí MacCárthaigh BL (Bar of Ireland)


Procedural and fair trial issues in Wales - TBC


Freedom of expression and court interpretation -Dr Róisín Costello, Trinity College Dublin


Event registration can be completed here