MLRC delivers training on advanced housing law

As part of MLRC’s work, we provide training in housing law to organisations and individuals working in the field of homelessness. In January, MLRC held a training session in advanced housing law for staff of Crosscare.

Our training session gave practical advice and information, with a focus on:

  • An overview of housing law and the law relating to homelessness, including relevant fair procedures principles
  • Overcoming specific barriers to getting on the housing list – including the local connection test; ownership of property; and requests for evidence proving non-ownership of property
  • The application of the law regarding non-nationals accessing the housing list and/or emergency accommodation

The aim of the session was to help attendees deal even more effectively with clients’ housing issues, both directly themselves and in referring to MLRC as is useful for them. In their feedback, attendees noted that the training session will make a large difference in their work, and described the session as “excellent and very useful”, and in particular that the session shed useful light on issues including:

homeless assessment and how it differs from housing list assessment, how judicial review works”,

clarification on the eligibility of non-EEA nationals to access housing list/emergency accommodation…[and] European Convention on Human Rights relevance to applications

Information regarding the Ombudsman [and] European Convention on Human Rights Article 3 [prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment]”, and “housing circulars”.

If you are interested in organising a training session by MLRC, please contact Danielle on 01 4537459 or at danielle@mercylaw.ie. We would be very happy to hear from you and discuss the training that would be most useful for you.

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Conference – Making Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Meaningful, Wednesday, 29 March 2017, Mansion House, Dublin

Mercy Law Resource Centre is a member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative (ESCRI). ESCRI is a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations that support strengthening the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the Irish Constitution. On 29 March, ESCRI is holding a conference on economic, social and cultural rights (ESC rights). ESC rights include the right to housing.   This event will bring together a range of speakers to discuss the impact that enforceable ESC rights would have for people in Ireland. The presentations and discussions will draw on experiences from other European States where ESC rights have been given legal protection.

The details of the conference are:

What: Conference – Making Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Meaningful

When: 10.30 am to 3:30pm, Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Where: Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson St., Dublin 2.

Keynote address: Jamie Burton – Public Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers, London. Jamie Burton is a public lawyer with expertise in judicial review and human rights.  He acts for claimants and defendants and regularly advises public authorities on their policies and procedures in relation to their statutory and human rights obligations.  Mr Burton is also Chair and co-founder of ‘Just Fair’, a registered charity that works exclusively on human rights issues, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. He is also a member of the Expert Panel of ‘Housing Rights Watch’ – a pan-European think-tank that works on housing and homelessness rights across Europe.  It has brought collective complaints to the Council of Europe against France, Netherlands and Ireland.

Contributors:

  • Helen Johnston – National Economic and Social Council
  • Professor Colin Harvey – Queen’s University
  • Professor Gerry Whyte – Trinity College Dublin
  • Siobhan Curran – Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
  • Eoin Carroll – Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
  • Dr Austin O’Carroll
  • Debbie Mulhall – Dolphin House Community Development Association and founding member of Rialto Rights in Action
  • Dr Mary Murphy – Maynooth University and Member of IHREC
  • Eilis Barry – FLAC
  • Dr Padraic McKenna – NUI Galway
  • Michael Farrell

 

Places are limited for the conference and so for more information on the conference and how to register, please click here.

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