Date Posted: 11th January, 2016

Key Speakers for ELI Conference announced

Parosha Chandran 


Early Legal Intervention Conference Dublin, 2016


  Parosha Chandran is a world leading, multi award-winning human rights barrister based in London whose work and cases have significantly shaped the development of anti-trafficking law and policy. In July 2015 she received the “Trafficking in Persons Hero Award’’ from US Secretary of State John Kerry in recognition of her work in ‘developing the rule of law for trafficking victims in the UK and abroad’ and ‘for providing unparalleled legal services to victims of modern slavery’. She is a trafficking expert for the UN, the OCSE and the Council of Europe.

With nearly 20 years’ practice at the Bar she has set leading trafficking precedents in diverse fields including refugee law [SB (Moldova), 2007], the first non-punishment criminal appeal [R v O, 2008), the first trafficking-related civil action against the Police (‘Patience’s case’, 2009) & the first trafficking case to be taken to the European Court of Human Rights against the UK (M. v UK, 2009). In 2013 she acted for two of the appellants in the landmark case of R v L and Others in which the Court of Appeal quashed the cannabis cultivation convictions of trafficked Vietnamese minors. She is the General Editor of “The Human Trafficking Handbook: recognising trafficking and modern day slavery in the UK”. Parosha advised on the free-standing slavery and forced labour offence under s71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and from 2013-2015 was consulted on the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and on the trafficking and exploitation bills of Scotland & Northern Ireland. She also provides training for members of the judiciary & prosecutors on behalf of the Council of Europe & OSCE.


Other Speakers Include: (in alphabetical order)

Esohe Aghatise is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) and she is the founding Executive Director of Associazione Iroko Onlus, which provides services to victims of trafficking in Italy. She was appointed a United Nations Expert on Trafficking in 2002 and subsequently honoured in 2007 by the US State Department and nominated a “hero in the fight against modern day slavery”. In 2005, the University of Messina awarded her recognition as winner of the “Premio di Donna nel Terzo Millenio: Madre Teresa di Culcutta” (Mother Theresa of Calcutta ‘Prize for Women in the Third Millenium’) for her work against trafficking, in the XVIII Edition of the “ELIO VITTORINI” Literary and Artistic Prize Awards. She was also awarded a Service to the Nation Prize by the Nigerian Government through the Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). In 2013, she was honoured by the European Institute for Gender Equality as one of the ‘Women and Men Inspiring Europe in the promotion of Gender Equality 2014’.

Ms. Aghatise is frequently invited by various local government, provincial and regional councils, national, international and private organizations such as the Women’s Front of Norway, the Norwegian Police and The Nigerian National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to hold conferences, seminars and to advise them on the handling of victims of trafficking.

 Anne Marie Cagney is a Detective Superintendent attached to the Garda National Protective Services Bureau since March, 2015 with national responsibility for Human Trafficking Investigations, Organised Prostitution Investigations and the Garda Victims Liaison Office. She is the holder of a degree in Law and an honours BSc degree in Police Management from University College Dublin. She joined An Garda Síochána in 1989 and has worked in the operational field for the majority of her service before joining the National Protective Services Bureau. 

Kevin Hyland OBE is the first UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, as appointed by the Home Secretary. The creation of the Commissioner role is one of the key provisions of the landmark Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2015.

In his new capacity, Mr. Hyland will spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery, with a concerted focus on strengthening law enforcement efforts in the UK and internationally, ensuring that public authorities identify and support victims effectively, and working to prevent modern slavery crimes from occurring in the first place, both in the UK and other source countries.

Prior to undertaking this role, Mr. Hyland was head of the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit, which was internationally recognised for developing best practice in anti-trafficking operations. He has over 30 years of experience investigating organised crime and has been successful in securing convictions in some of the most challenging cases of slavery and trafficking.

Mr. Hyland was also instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and civil society, which was launched at the Vatican by Pope Francis in 2014.

 for Support to Victims and Witnesses (2016-2020).


John McDaid is the Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Board in Ireland. Mr. McDaid joined the Board as a solicitor in 1993 and after a brief period working in Clondalkin Law Centre, he worked as a Managing Solicitor in Longford Law Centre, Navan Law Centre and in the Board’s Refugee Legal Service in Dublin. In 2005 he took up a senior management role as the Professional Liaison Officer before becoming the Director of Civil Legal Aid, a position he held until his appointment as Chief Executive. Mr. McDaid is a “designated public official” for the purpose of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

Holding a degree in law, Mr. McDaid is qualified as a solicitor since 1988 and after working in private legal practice in Australia and Dublin, he joined the Board in 1993 where he has continued to work since. He worked as a managing solicitor in a number of the Board’s law centres for the first 12 years of his career, including over three years in Board’s Refugee Legal Service, before taking up a senior management role on the operational side. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive in December 2014, he held the role of Director of Civil Operations. Mr. McDaid is currently working towards a Master’s degree in business.


Siobhán Mullally is Professor of Law and Vice Head of the College of Business and Law at University College Cork.  She is the Director of Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights at U.C.C., which she co-founded in 2006, with Professor Caroline Fennell. Ms. Mullally is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. She serves as Vice President of GRETA in the Council of Europe Group of Experts on ‘Action against Trafficking in Human Beings’. In 2014, she was appointed by the President of Ireland as the Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission which she will serve until 2019.

Ms. Mullally has held visiting positions at several leading universities in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Pakistan  and India . In 2009-10, she was a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fellow in Residence at Columbia University, School of Law. In 2011-12, she was awarded the prestigious Senior Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. 


Ms. Mullally has worked as an adviser and consultant on human rights, migration and asylum law, gender and justice sector reform for UN bodies and international organisations in many parts of the world.  She is the Irish Member of the Odysseus European network of experts on Asylum and Migration Law. Ms. Mullally was previously the Irish member of the EU Network of Experts on Free Movement of Persons. She has published widely in the field of migration, asylum, gender and human rights law.





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