Justice, addiction, and the criminal law system

Judge Craig D. Hannah of the Opioid Intervention Court, New York to address Annual Human Rights Lecture.

The Law Society of Ireland will host the Honourable Judge Craig D. Hannah of the pioneering Opioid Intervention Court in Buffalo City Court, New York at an event at Blackhall Place on Wednesday 12 June.

The Law Society’s Annual Human Rights Lecture, Justice and Addiction – intersection of drug policy and human rights, will explore an innovative approach to tackling the serious societal issue of drug addiction. It will also provide an insight on the intersection of drug policy and human rights protection.

Judge Hannah presides over an Opioid Intervention Court, which is recognised for its unusual and pioneering approach on how it seeks to balance the rights of all stakeholders affected by crimes involving drug addiction issues. 

Her Honour Judge Ann Ryan of the District Court and Special Criminal Court will chair the event. Judge Ryan has been involved with the Drug Treatment Court for nearly 10 years.

Director General of the Law Society Ken Murphy said, “We are delighted to host the 14th Annual Human Rights Lecture.”

“This lecture brings insightful and pioneering ideas from Judge Hannah and Judge Ryan. It will also provide enlightening and thought-provoking discussion on human rights and the rights of criminals with addictions,” said Mr Murphy.

Event invitation

  • The lecture takes place from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7.
  • The Honourable Judge Hannah is available for interview on Wednesday 12 June.
  • Journalists with an interest in attending, or interviewing Judge Hannah, should contact Kathy McKenna, Public Relations Executive.
  • For more information, see: Annual Human Rights Lecture

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