Free Victims’ Directive MOOC


A free online course offers expert guidance for solicitors on the EU Victims’ Directive.

Applying the EU Victims Directive

The Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017 was signed into law on 5 November 2017, legislating for the EU Victims Directive. Key sections of the Act are due to be commenced over the coming weeks

The rights introduced by the Act will also create new responsibilities for solicitors working with victims of crime.

Free online course

The Law Society Diploma Centre, Bar of Ireland and Irish Council for Civil Liberties have together developed a free Victims’ Directive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), co-funded by the European Commission.

Delivered over four weeks online from 28 November 2017, the course brings together experts working with victims of crime at a domestic and international level. Modules will cover:

  • Introduction to the Victims’ Directive.
  • The Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017.
  • Vulnerable Victims & Testimonial Aids.
  • Compensation, Complaints & Best Practice From Abroad.

The foundation of each week's release of materials will be a combination of approximately one hour of recordings, mixing interviews and presentations. Further reading materials will be posted to support independent learning and to promote peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.

If you would like to take part, please email