Preliminary Programme

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 – Arrival of guests

19:00 Pre-conference reception is being hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The event will take place in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 (Space Limited and allocated on a first subscribed basis)


Wednesday, 17 May 2017 – Conference day 1


08.30 Registration, coffee and tea
09:00 Word of Welcome

João Lázaro – President Victim Support Europe

Maria McDonald BL– Victims Rights Alliance Founding Member

09.10 Opening Speech

Frances Fitzgerald TD Tánaiste and Minister for Justice & Equality



Plenary Session – Panel 1 – Supporting victims across borders

Karen Joyce-McMahon, Deputy Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Office for Victim Assistance: Supporting victims of crime across borders

Victim of Crime who has been victimised abroad

Mrs Tereza Sernets, Europol: receiving support when abroad: the Canadian experience

Mark Castle – Chief Executive, Victim Support (UK) – Supporting British victims abroad TBC

11.00 Coffee break
11:15 Workshop series A
12:45 Lunch
14:00 Workshop series B
15:30 Coffee break



Plenary Session – Panel 2 – Victim oriented criminal justice

–       TBC – victim oriented criminal justice

–       Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, Bedfordshire Police: Victim focused Police Investigations

–       Helgard van Hullen, Weisser Ring Germany: Training of judges: understanding victims needs in court

17:00 End of day 1
19:30 Conference dinner (reservation required, VSE AGM participants included in conference fee, other participants need to pre-pay at registration)


Thursday, 18 May 2017 – Conference day 2


09:30 Keynote speech : Michele Colbourne QC : Supporting vulnerable victims
09:50 Plenary Session – Panel 3: Supporting vulnerable victims and helping them come forward

–       Judith Thompson, Commissioner for victims and survivors, Northern Ireland: Supporting victims of the conflict

–       Paul Giannasi, Head of the Cross-Government Hate Crime Programme UK: Victims of hate crime

10:50 Coffee break
11:10 Workshop series C
12:40 Lunch
14:00 Plenary Session – Panel 4 – Supporting victims of terrorism

–       Tiina Astola, Director-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission, DG Justice: EU actions for victims of crime and terrorism TBC

–       Levent Altan, Executive Directive, VSE: Focusing on victims after terrorist attacks

–       Sophie Linden, London Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Local planning and response to support terrorism victims and victims of hate crime

15:00 Coffee break
15:20 Workshop series D
16:50 Plenary closing:
17:10 End of day 2
19:00 Post-conference event on the Boat and Restaurant  MV Cill Airne (reservation required, paid by participant)


Friday, 19 May 2017 – Annual General Meeting VSE


09:30 Start Annual General Meeting (VSE members only)
12:30 Lunch to go