Amicus Curiae

The Commission’s legal powers include the power to apply to the High Court, Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court for liberty to appear before the courts as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in proceedings that involve or are concerned with  human rights or equality.

Recent submissions

Here are some of the cases that the Commission has sought liberty of the Superior Courts to intervene as amicus curiae.  These cases relate to important matters of human rights and equality including data privacy remedies, prisoners’ rights, children’s rights, the rights of asylum seekers and non-EU nationals to live/work in Ireland and the bringing of complaints pursuant to the Employment Equality Acts 1998–2015.

Right to Private and Family Life Cases

Latest update: November 2017

Human Rights and Equality Commission Appears in Supreme Court Right to Private and Family Life Cases

Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Latest update: November  2017 

Proposals on Right to Work of People in Direct Provision

Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Latest update: October 2017

Human Rights and Equality Commission Granted Liberty to Appear Before Court of Appeal in Mental Health Hospital Detention Case

Right of Access to Effective Remedy in Discrimination Cases

Latest update: March 2017

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Welcomes Judgment Clarifying Right of Access to Effective Remedy in Discrimination Cases

Human rights of children in detention

Latest update: January 2017

Applicant v The Director of Oberstown Detention Centre and Another – Jan 2017