ICM Certificate in Public Law – 2-Day Programme

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Day 1: Thursday, 11th April 2024

Day 2: Friday, 12th April 2024

Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Method of Delivery: Online

Fee: €1,325

Course Overview

The law is steeped in tradition, but is also an ever evolving field which impacts on everything that we do. This is no more apparent than in the function and work of public sector bodies, many of which are created and regulated under statute and subject to special legal principles and rules which are loosely known as public law. Knowledge of the key principles and rules of public law is critical for all public administrators, who need to be versed on the rules and principles that apply to public administration in Ireland.

This programme has been specifically designed for the public sector in Ireland. The case studies which have been prepared for attendees to work with are based on the real-world experiences of those working in a public sector environment. A key aim of the course is the delivery of a practical awareness and understanding of the public service’s roles and obligations arising under Irish law.

How will this Programme help?

The aim of this course is to provide public servants with the information, knowledge and competencies in the area of public law so that they have the ability to fulfil their roles and securing an accredited qualification following a condensed and focused course. The course will take a practical approach, focusing on the key legal principles, but applying them to everyday situations. Delegate participation and interaction will be encouraged by way of group exercises and discussion.

Why is this relevant?  

For organisations in the public sector, there are special rules concerning access to the documentation and materials on which key decisions are taken as they affect the delivery of public services or key policy and legislative decisions. The Freedom of Information Acts and Data Protection Acts provide an additional mechanism for securing access to documents that are generated by prescribed bodies. There are also special rules that apply to the giving and receipt of legal advice by public bodies with specific types of legal privilege that only apply to public sector bodies. Recent court decisions have also clarified the extent to which legal professional privilege attaches to advice provided by in house counsel within organisations.

Public bodies exercising regulatory or prosecuting functions also encounter the issue of legal professional privilege in the context of document disclosure and seizure of documents, particularly electronic documents. There are also certain principles that underpin how public bodies must conduct themselves in their decision making functions. Issues such as constitutional justice, fair procedures and legitimate expectation are an important backdrop to how public administration is delivered.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this 2-day course, participants will have developed a deeper and more comprehensive knowledge of the following elements of public law:

  • The different sources of law in Ireland
  • Irish Constitutional Law (an introduction)
  • The powers of the Legislative, the Judiciary and the Executive arm of government
  • The personal rights under the Constitution
  • The principles of constitutional justice
  • The judicial review process
  • Public Law Doctrines
  • The issues that arise for the state as defendant
  • Vicarious liability and its implications
  • Different types of damages
  • Different types of privilege and when it arises

Who Should Attend:

The course will be of direct interest to lawyers and non-lawyers working in the public service. For lawyers it will provider a useful refresher and update to the key principles of public law, in a manner which fulfils CPD requirements and provides an accredited qualification. For public servants who do not have a legal qualification, the course will provide a useful and practical understanding of this complex area, which has an impact on their working lives.

Assessment and Certification:

This programme provides for continuous assessment based on in-class participation and group engagement. To achieve the programmes aligned ICM certificate participants will be required to demonstrate their uptake of skills and knowledge gained from all of the course’s modules with a short MCQ (Multiple Choice Questionnaire) and two essay style questions (500 words x 2) assignments.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM).


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