Annual Doctoral Seminar

The Irish Centre for Human Rights runs a Doctoral Seminar every year.

Annual Doctoral Seminar (2015)

 The 14th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights will take place from 27 April – 1 May. We are very pleased to have confirmed the participation of Professor Yutaka Arai of the University of Kent, Dr Annyssa Bella, Legal Adviser to Geneva Call and Dr Jeroen Temperman from the Erasmus University. For further information please contact Mesenbet Tadeg (

Past Annual Doctoral Seminars

13th Annual Doctoral Seminar (2013)
The 13th Annual Doctoral Seminar took place from 22 to 26 April 2013 at NUI, Galway. Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Professor William Schabas, Honorary Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dr. Michelle Farrell, Senior Lecturer at Liverpool University, served as academic experts for the week. Current PhD students, conducting research in public international law, were afforded the opportunity to present their doctoral projects before the experts and to receive feedback and suggestions. The doctoral seminar included social activities providing an opportunity for informal talks and networking.

Our thanks go to all the visiting experts and the supervisors, as well as to Tanja Florath for organising the event.

12th Annual Doctoral Seminar Program

Doctoral Students & Experts on Inchgoill Island
The Irish Centre for Human Rights held its Annual Doctoral Seminar from April 30th to May 4th 2012. During the week our four visiting experts gave morning presentations on a range of topics, from caste and descent based discrimination, to reform of the UN treaty body system. This year’s experts were Professor Michael O'Flaherty (Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham), Professor Suzannah Linton (Bangor University, Wales), Dr. David Keane (Middlesex University, London), and Professor Koen De Feyter (University of Antwerp, Netherlands).

In the afternoons PhD candidates from the Centre as well as other institutions presented an area of their research to the experts and their peers, receiving feedback and comments. In the middle of the week a short trip was planned to Inchgoill Island on nearby Lough Corrib. Fortunately the sun was shining as the seminar’s participants were taken on a guided walking tour, taking in St. Patrick’s monastic site dating back to the 5th century amongst other historic landmarks.

Our thanks go to all the visiting experts and the supervisors who travelled to meet with and support their students over the week, as well as to Helen McDermott and Alexis Bushnell for organising the event.