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Grainne McMORROW
Senior Counsel


  • Human Rights Lawyer and International  Jurist
  • Professor of Law, National Universiy of Ireland, Galway. School of Law, Centre for Disability Law and Policy (Adjunct)
  • Senior Counsel, PracticIng Barrister, (1985- to date ). Member of the Irish, United Kingdom and New South Wales Australia Bars, Member of the Law Library, Four Courts Dublin
  • Visiting Fellow in Comparative Human Rights LaTrobe University Melbourne 1992
  • Chair of the International Association of Irish Lawyers, London 1996
  • Mental Health Act Commissioner (Inspectorate Role) at Broadmoor Special Hospital, UK 1994-1998
  • Chair of the National Practitioners Group for Mentally Disordered Offenders, UK,  1994-95
  • Sole Member of the McMorrow (Douch) Statutory Commission of Investigation into the killing  in Mountjoy Prison of a young prisoner (Gary Douch) by a mentally ill cellmate – (Ireland) Report Published May 2014
  • Member ( Alternate) of the Council of Europe, Venice Commission
  • Member of the Venice Commission Sub-Commissions on the Rule of Law, Fundamental Rights, Gender Equality,Constitutional Justce, International Law Protection of Minorities, Judiciary, Latin America, and Democratic Institutions
  • Member of the National Crime Council Ireland 2007-2009 co- authored Problem Solving Justice - Alternatives to Custody - the Case for Community Courts
  • Member of the Professor Genevra Richardson Expert Scoping Group UK reviewing the operation of the 1983 UK Mental Health Act 1994-98
  • Chair of the Mental Health Commission Review  Tribunal reviewing the legality of detained patients (Ireland) 2006-2010
  • Shortlisted for the Times, Justice Human Rights Award, UK, 1994
  • Founder Member of the Irish Women Lawyers Association
  • Legal Expert and international consultant  on Prison law and Penitentiary systems, Mental Health, Human Rights.



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