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SWAMH event - Law for Social Workers

  • St Patrick's Hospital
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • 22 Nov 2013
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Price €8 IASW Members Non Members €10 Students €2

Social Workers in Adult Mental Health (SWAMH) will host this event. Topics include 'The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 - How Will it Work in Practice?' and 'The Law and Asylum Seekers'






Tea Coffee


Welcome & Introduction to day


Frank Browne



Recent Case Law and the Mental Health Act, 2001

Dr Darius Whelan,

Lecturer, Law Department, University College Cork

11.35 12.45

'The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 - How Will it Work in Practice?

Dr Eilionoir Flynn

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway


Lunch (Not provided)



SWAMH Business

Update of recent & relevant  service developments

By Chair and Executive


Seeking Asylum in Ireland: Law, Policy & Practice 


Dr Liam Thornton

Lecturer, UCD School of Law




Cost: 8 Euros IASW Members: 10 Euros Non IASW Members: 2 Euros Students.  

Venue: Lecture Theatre, St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin 8

(Short walk from Heuston Station behind Dr Steevens Hospital)

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Background Information about Speakers

Dr Darius Whelan B.L. is a lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law, University College Cork. His research interests include Mental Health Law and Internet Regulation.  His book, Mental Health Law and Practice, was published by Round Hall in 2009.  He is President of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association, the members of which represent patients admitted to approved centres under the Mental Health Act 2001.

Dr Eilionóir Flynn is the Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland Galway. She completed her PhD research on advocacy for persons with disabilities in Ireland and Australia. She published her first book with Cambridge University Press in 2011, entitled ‘From Rhetoric to Action: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’ This work was based on her postdoctoral research on comparative National Disability Strategies, conducted at the CDLP. Eilionóir’s current research priorities which include legal capacity, advocacy, access to justice, and the intersectionality of disability, gender and ageing.

Dr Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in the School of Law, UCD. Liam has a strong interest in social justice and law, and researches and publishes in areas relating to immigration law, social security law, European law and human rights law. Liam’s monograph, The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in International and European Law, will be published by Routledge in early 2015.


3.5 CPD points have been awarded for this event