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David Leonard BL: Internal relocation and external challenges — the issue of reasonableness.

International Day of the Endangered Lawyer


The Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Bar Association presented a cheque for €2,000 to the Afghan Justice Appeal.


To find more information on the Irish Justice Community Response to Afghan Crisis, and to donate see here.

2022 IACBA Bursary: Open for Applications 

IACBA would like to invite applications from IACBA members to apply for a scholarship place to attend the King’s Inns Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum Law, starting on 12th October 2022. 


Bursary details:

This bursary will cover the full Diploma course fee.


Course format & duration:

This course will take place in an online format only, by way of a combination of pre–recorded lectures and live, unrecorded sessions.  Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place over 20 weeks with lectures from 8.30am to 10am on Wednesdays during the academic term.  The course concludes with an evening live round–table discussion.  Full course details can be found here


How to apply:

Applications should be emailed to by 1pm on 30th September 2022.  Please include IACBA Bursary/ Scholarship in the subject line, when submitting your application. 


In your application, please include;

  • Full name;

  • Your year of call

  • Email address/ contact details

  • An outline of your experience both in the area of asylum and immigration and/or in general

  • Your Master’s name

  • An indication of why you would be the worthy recipient of the bursary. This should include how the course should be of benefit to you and how you have contributed and/or can contribute to IACBA. 

The criteria to apply is;

  1. You must be a current IACBA member for the 2021/22 legal year and remain so for the 2022/23 year. 

  2. Be practicing at The Bar of Ireland for less than 10 years. 

  3. The successful applicant, via their participation on the course as a result of the bursary, will be in a unique position to have up to date knowledge of all of the Superior Court judgments delivered over the course of the year, in particular in the Appeal Courts. The successful applicant agrees to gather and present on recent case law to the membership at the end-of-year CPD for IACBA members (July 2023) (a 20 min presentation or so).

ERA Annual Conference on European Asylum and Migration Law 2022

Key Topics Include: 

  • Reform of the Common European Asylum System 

  • Harmonisation of protection standards in the EU 

  • Challenges in policy management at European and national levels 

  • Asylum procedures 

  • Detention and alternatives to detention within the CEAS 

  • The European Courts’ contribution to shaping the CEAS 

  • Protection of vulnerable groups in European asylum policy


The conference will take place in Trier & Online from 29-30 September 2022.


The aim of this conference is to provide legal practitioners with an update on the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the efforts undertaken to implement New EU Pact on Migration. Recent developments related to activation and implementation of the Temporary Protection Directive in Europe, together with the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights, will also be addressed. Additionally, this year we will tackle challenges related to the digitalisation of asylum procedures. 

For further information and registration click here.

2021 IACBA Bursary Recipients

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The Immigration Asylum Citizenship Bar Association are delighted to award the 2021 IACBA Bursary for the Advanced Diploma in Immigration and Asylum law at King’s Inns to Mariana Verdes BL. In this inaugural year, after Covid delays last year, the committee decided to award a second bursary as an exceptional measure, which was won by Olaniyi Oriade BL.  Both recipients demonstrated excellent commitment to this area of law and to IACBA.  The Association wishes them well in their studies. Both are pictured being awarded their bursary by Denise Brett SC, Chair of IACBA.

2019 Conference


Brian Kennelly QC, Denise Brett SC, Chair, IACBA, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, and The Honourable Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell.


Nuala Butler SC and Brain Kennelly QC.


The Honourable Mr. Justice Richard Humphreys and Denise Brett SC, Chair, IACBA.


Patrica Brazil BL, Committee Member, Michael Conlon SC, Committee Member, Denise Brett SC, Chair, IACBA, Niamh O'Sullivan BL, Committee Member, Aoife McMahon BL, Committee Memember, with Keynote Speaker Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston.


The Honourable Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell delivering the Chairs address.


Denise Brett SC, Chair, IACBA delivering opening remarks. 

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