Specialist Law Panels

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is establishing  two Specialist Law Panels of suitably qualified barristers with relevant experience and expertise from which litigation and advisory briefs will be awarded.

The panels will be:

  • Specialist Equality Law Panel
  • Specialist Human Rights Law Panel

The Specialist Law Panels are open to practicing barristers enrolled on the Legal Services Regulatory Authority’s Roll of Practising Barristers. The panels will operate for a period of two years from the date of establishment.

We invite barristers with the relevant expertise who wish to confirm their availability and willingness to be briefed to apply.

How to Apply

Please carefully read the Information Notes for each panel before you apply.

Fill in the Expression of Interest Form for the panel you wish to apply for and email it to procurement@ihrec.ie by 5pm on Friday 15th of July.

Please include the name of the panel and your name in the subject line, eg: “Specialist Equality Law Panel – John Smith”

Information Notes and Expression of Interest Forms

Closing Date

Friday 15 July 2022 at 5pm – Late submissions will not be accepted

Disability Advisory Committee Membership

Be part of progressing the human rights and equality of disabled people in Ireland

We are seeking to appoint 5 new members to our Disability Advisory Committee and are inviting expressions of interest.

What is the Disability Advisory Committee?

In March 2018, Ireland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), as Ireland’s National Human Rights and Equality Institution, is the independent monitoring mechanism.

IHREC’s Disability Advisory Committee was established in 2019 to assist and advise the Commission on the adequacy and effectiveness of law and practice in Ireland relating to the protection of people with disabilities; and to advise the Commission on the fulfilment of its CRPD independent monitoring role.

The Committee includes members of the Commission and external members appointed by the Commission.

These new appointments will bring the external membership of the Committee to thirteen. At least 75% (10 members) of the of the external members of the Disability Advisory Committee will be disabled people.

The Commission’s definition of disability in this regard is aligned to CRPD Article 1, which states:

“Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

The Commission aims to ensure that the membership of the Advisory Committee will, as far as possible, represent the diversity of Irish society, including the diversity of disabled people and that there will be equality of representation of women and men.

The Commission also aims to ensure that the membership of the Advisory Committee includes expertise in the following areas:

  • Participation of disabled people within society;
  • Awareness raising;
  • Research, data and measurement;
  • Knowledge of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the United Nations system pertaining to the Convention; and
  • Intersectionality across the grounds in the Equality Acts, and the experience of poverty.

How to apply:

This process is being run by Osborne Recruitment on behalf of the Commission and all queries should be directed to ihrec@osborne.ie or speak to Olivia Adams of Osborne Recruitment.

The full information booklet and application forms are available on the Osborne Website

Closing date: 1pm on the 30th June

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity and encourage applications under all nine grounds of the Employment Equality Act

Information documents

For more information about CRPD, the Disability Advisory Committee and this appointment process please visit https://www.ihrec.ie/crpd/ 

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (“the Commission”) recruits under licence from the Commission for Public Service Appointments (CPSA) and all recruitment competitions are organised in compliance with the CPSA Code of Practice for Appointment to Positions in the Civil Service and Public Service.

The Commission undertakes all recruitment with the assistance of the Public Appointments Service (PAS) or a listed recruitment agency. The Commission is an equal opportunities employer.