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17 October 2013

Sharing Experiences Key to Improving Understanding of Ethnic Groups

Issues surrounding how the legal community engages and communicates with ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland were amongst a number of issues discussed at a unique seminar taking place in Belfast today.

The seminar on ‘Racial Groups’ had been organised by the Law Society of Northern Ireland as part of its ‘Diversity and the Law Series’ which was launched at the start of this year to examine the contribution and impact of the law towards creating a more diverse and pluralist society.

Today's’ seminar provided a platform for the legal profession and ethnic minorities to meet discuss and share best practises on how best to promote a greater understanding of ethnic groups and their interaction with the legal profession in Northern Ireland.

Representatives from various interest groups, Government agencies and members of the legal profession attended the seminar at Law Society House.

Commenting on the seminar the President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Michael Robinson said:

“This is the penultimate seminar in a series of events which the Law Society has run over the last year and which have focused on providing a platform for engagement between the legal profession and various representative groups.

Today’s seminar and panel discussion on race clearly shows that there is a need for proactive engagement and greater understanding of ethnic communities in Northern Ireland.

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