UKICJCN Webinar - Common Law and Prisoner Transfer in a post-Brexit Europe

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"Common Law and Prisoner Transfer in a post-Brexit Europe" is the second webinar in the Autumn series of seminars from the UKICJCN.

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The UK-Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Northumbria University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD). The network aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics to consider the implications of Brexit for criminal justice cooperation between Ireland and the UK.

The webinar "Common Law and Prisoner Transfer in a post-Brexit Europe" will take place online from 4pm to 5.30 pm (IST/BST) on Thursday, 12th November, 2020.

This event will feature academic presentations followed by practitioner discussant responses.

Presentation One: Dr. Liz Heffernan, Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin, will speak on "The Irish Common Law Trial and European Legal Culture". This paper will consider aspects of the Irish common law trial tradition in the framework of European criminal justice and against the backdrop of Brexit.

Practitioner Discussant One: Ray Briscoe currently holds the role of Deputy Chief Prosecutor working in the Directing Division, of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Ray qualified as a solicitor in England, working for a number of years as a criminal defence practitioner in the United Kingdom, including representing clients as part of the Duty Solicitor Scheme. Ray joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2001 and has enjoyed working in the Superior Courts Section, the International Section and prior to his current position, Ray was Head of the District Court Section. He has worked in this jurisdiction and abroad, undertaking criminal litigation from the differing perspectives of being both a defence / prosecution solicitor. Ray has enjoyed working as a tutor / lecturer with the Law Society from 2004, assuming the role of Chief Internal Legal Examiner with the Law Society from 2014, onwards. He has delivered a number of different legal papers in Ireland and the EU. He has a particular aptitude in the following legal areas; extradition law, international legal co-operation and combatting domestic violence.

Presentation Two: Professor Tim J Wilson, Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, Northumbria University Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne, will speak on “Prisoner transfers within the Common Travel Area after Brexit”. Prisoner transfer may have a significant impact on the nature and stability of future criminal justice cooperation within the Common Travel Area. Irrespective of the legal arrangements in place (or not) on 1st January, 2021, this issue offers scope for Irish-UK collaboration in (a) addressing dysfunctionality within the AFJS acquis and (b) encouraging greater realism about Art. 3 ECHR and penal reform.

Practitioner Discussant Two: Gerry McNally is President of the Confederation of European Probation (CEP). CEP ( is the network of probation and community sanctions bodies in Europe. Gerry is also Assistant Director in the Probation Service in Ireland ( During his career with the Probation Service, he has worked all areas of the Service, in prisons, courts and community supervision, as a probation officer and as a manager. He is currently responsible for research and related initiatives. Gerry is also a member of the ACJRD council.

Gerry McNally has published papers and made conference and workshop presentations on probation related issues and topics over many years. He has been also been joint-editor of the Irish Probation Journal (Published by the Probation Service and ‎Probation Board for Northern Ireland). His most recent publication ‘James P. Organ, the ‘Irish System’ and the Origins of Parole’ is in Irish Probation Journal, Volume 16. He has particular interest in the facilitating of the transfer of supervised community measures and sanctions in Europe and the implementation of EU Framework Decision 947/2008.

The UK-Irish Criminal Justice Cooperation Network is grateful to the School of Law, Northumbria University, for facilitating this webinar via Blackboard Collaborate.

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