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Elizabeth Farries, Information Rights Project Manager

Elizabeth is the Information Rights Project Manager for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties together with the International Network of Civil Law Organizations. She is called to the bar in British Columbia, and has a practice background in litigation, intellectual property, and human rights. She additionally has policy experience with the Canadian provincial government; provided legal services to indigenous and impoverished clients in criminal, family law, and human rights matters; and has published work with and sat on the executive board of several NGOs. Elizabeth has a BSc and JD from the University of Victoria, a SSHRC funded Masters from the School of Information at the University of Toronto, and is a Frances E. Moran PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin’s School of Law. Her research interests focus on how women’s privacy rights are encroached online. On this and other topics, she has numerous trade, academic, and community publications.


Maeve O’Rourke, Senior Research and Policy Officer

Maeve O’Rourke, Senior Research and Policy OfficerMaeve O’Rourke is Senior Research and Policy Officer for the ICCL. She is called to the Bar of England and Wales and the New York Bar, and has practised in human rights, family law and international mass tort/environmental claims. Maeve has worked for Equality Now and as a researcher at Harvard Law School and the University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center. She also provided pro bono legal support to the Justice for Magdalenes/JFM Research group from 2010 to 2017 and co-founded the ‘Clann Project’ with JFM Research and Adoption Rights Alliance in 2015. Maeve teaches regularly on university human rights-related courses. She graduated from University College Dublin with a BCL and from Harvard Law School with an LLM. She is in the final stage of PhD research at Birmingham Law School, focusing on the potential for the rule against torture and ill-treatment to more effectively protect older people.

Liam Herrick, Executive Director

Liam Herrick was appointed to Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in November 2016.  Prior to his appointment, he worked as Advisor to President Michael D. Higgins for almost three years. Liam was Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) between 2007 and 2014. He has also worked as the first head of legislation and policy at the former Irish Human Rights Commission and with the Law Reform Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), a former Board member of the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Minister for Justice and Equality’s Strategic Review Group on Penal Policy (2012-2014). Liam graduated from University College Cork with a BCL and LLM and from University College Dublin with a Diploma in Human Rights Law.