In 2008 the International Council of Advocates and Barristers will host the Fourth World Bar Conference in Dublin and Belfast between Friday 27 June and Monday 30 June 2008. Very successful conferences have already been held in Edinburgh, Cape Town and Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Those who have attended have had the benefit of hearing from a wide range of speakers such as Mary Robinson, the former pPresident of Ireland and former UN commissioner for human rights, the Hon Anthony Gubbay (the former chief justice of Zimbabwe), Param Cumaraswamy, UN special rapporteur on the independence of the judiciary, Justice Ian Callinan and Justice Dikgang Moseneke (Constitutional Court of South Africa).
Attendees in 2008ï¿½will be addressed by many eminent speakers including:
â¢ President of Ireland, Mary McAleese
â¢ John Cooke, judge of the European Court of First Instance
â¢ Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent, Independent Newspapers UK
â¢ Paul Gallagher SC, attorney general of Ireland
â¢ Prof. Conor Gearty, director of Centre for the Study of Human Rights
â¢ Barry Macdonald SC, chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Northern Ireland Bar
â¢ Justice Ruth McColl,ï¿½New South Wales Court of Appeal judge
â¢ Prof. Monica McWilliams, chief commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
â¢ Senator George Mitchell
â¢ Ms Beatrice Mtetwa, president of the Zimbabwe Law Society
â¢ Michael OâBoyle, registrar, European Court of Human Rights
â¢ Colm OâCinneide, senior lecturer in laws, University College London
â¢ Pierce OâDonnell, US attorney
â¢ Justice Kate OâRegan, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Download a conference brochureï¿½, fill in a registration form, or visit the World Bar Conference web site.