Conference: Legislating for personal insolvency in Ireland

19 April 2012

FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) cordially invites you to attend its forthcoming conference on

Legislating for personal insolvency in Ireland:
International developments and domestic issues

from 8:30am to 4pm on Thursday 19 April 2012
in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8 (behind Dublin Castle).

The conference will feature distinguished international and Irish speakers and voices representing a range of local perspectives. It springs from the recent publication of a draft personal insolvency scheme together with FLAC's experience over 15 years of campaigning and analysis to reform Ireland's Dickensian laws on personal debt.

A full conference programme is available in PDF format. The event will look outwards to explore initiatives tried and tested in other jurisdictions as well as discussing the potential consequences of personal debt write-off in the Irish context, ahead of the publication of the government's Personal Insolvency bill at the end of April.

We have assembled an array of speakers addressing various aspects of this complex issue.

  • International inputs include Professor Jason Kilborn of John Marshall Law School, Chicago, who will compare and contrast European systems based on his detailed study of thirty years of consumer insolvency; Egil Rokhaug of Norway's Ministry of Children and Family Affairs, who will address two decades of Norwegian experience of including mortgage debt in its personal insolvency regime; and Melina Mouzouraki, an Athens-based consumer lawyer, who will elaborate on developments in the Greek 2010 debt adjustment legislation.
  • From the Irish perspective, the event will also consider the constitutional and economic ramifications of personal debt write-off with interventions from Professor Gerry Whyte of TCD Law School and TASC economist Tom McDonnell. FLAC's Paul Joyce will critique the draft scheme of Irish legislation.
  • A diverse panel of Irish and international contributors will debate the future of personal insolvency in Ireland in an extended session open to questions from the floor.
  • The day will conclude with a reception for all attendees at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided.

Attendance at the conference is free but numbers are limited so pre-registration is essential. If you wish to attend, please reply by phone to 01- 887 3600 (ask for Rebecca) or by e-mail before Friday 13 April.

You can read more about FLAC's research into personal debt, including legal information, analysis and campaign work.

We look forward to exploring this important and highly topical issue with you on 19 April!


Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

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