Welcome to the Irish Centre for Human Rights

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is one of the world's premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. Since its establishment in January 2000, the Centre has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, which has enabled the institution to attract high quality students to its acclaimed masters and its undergraduate programs as well as to build a thriving community of doctoral researchers. 


The Centre currently has eight academic faculty members, comprised of three Professors and five lecturers. Fifteen additional lecturers also serve in an adjunct or visiting capacity. A total of two project staff, three administrative assistants, a post-doctoral fellow and seven doctoral fellows also play a key role in carrying out the work of the Centre. Whilst the Centre is autonomous in both its physical location and day-to-day operations, its academic staff are members of the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with which the Centre is linked and maintains a close cooperative working relationship. 

Latest News


Public lecture: International Action Against Torture

Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, will be giving a public lecture on "International Action Against Torture" on 27th November, 3-5pm at the MRI Annex- MRA201. 

International Action Against Torture Poster


Symposium: "The Human Rights Scholar-Activist or Activist-Scholar" and launch of the Prof. Kevin Boyle Archive

28 November 2014, NUI Galway

The family of the late Prof. Kevin Boyle, co-founder of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, has deposited the Kevin Boyle archive at the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. This important archive has much to say about the pursuit of human rights in Ireland, the UK and internationally. The Archive will be launched at a series of events at NUI Galway on the 28th of November 2014. A day- long symposium, organised by the ICHR and the School of Law, will bring together leading human rights scholars and activists to address the theme “The Human Rights Scholar-Activist or Activist- Scholar" and will also explore issues of human rights, archives and memoralization. The keynote speaker will be Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee. All are welcome to register for the event. Following the symposium, the archive of the late Professor Boyle, catalogued and available at the Hardiman Library of NUI Galway , will be officially launched by Máire Whelan, S.C., Attorney General.

For further information: humanrights@nuigalway.ie

For symposium booking: www.conference.ie

Kevin Boyle Archive Launch poster