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ICCL/CAJ 2024: ‘Police Reform in a Changing Ireland – Next Steps After the Commission on the Future of Policing’
(Ended 16th May 2024)


16th May 2024 to 16th May 2024

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ICCL, in partnership with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), will host its inaugural annual policing conference ‘Police Reform in a Changing Ireland: Next Steps After the Commission on the Future of Policing’ on Thursday 16 May in the Renehan Hall, Maynooth University.

More than five years on from the publication of the final report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (CoFPI) and with appetite for police reform appearing to wane, this conference will take a past, present and future view of human rights-based policing on the island of Ireland.

Speakers include:

  • Conor Brady, former editor of the Irish Times and founding commissioner, Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission
  • Alyson Kilpatrick, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
  • Andy George, President, National Black Police Association (UK)
  • Helen Hall, Chief Executive Officer, Policing Authority
  • Prof. Donncha O’Connell, former member of CoFPI and Professor of Law, University of Galway
  • Martin Collins, Co-Director, Pavee Point
  • Emily Williams, Policing and Justice Policy Officer, ICCL

The conference will demonstrate the need for human rights-based reform of policing, with a discussion of the historical context, human rights law framework and lived experiences of affected communities engaging with An Garda Síochána.

Panel discussions will consider the experience of implementing police reform; assess the impact and implementation of CoFPI and its recommendations; and deliberate on what the future holds for policing, including potential challenges arising from a changing Ireland and world, and rapidly evolving technology.

At the conference, ICCL will also present the findings of new research exploring the implementation of CoFPI’s recommendations.


The conference will run from 10am to 5pm. A full agenda will be available shortly.


We look forward to hopefully seeing you in Maynooth on Thursday 16 May.

The conference is free to attend.

ICCL’s ‘Policing for Peace’ project is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

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