Annual Doctoral Seminar

The 15th Annual Doctoral Seminar took place at the Irish Centre for Human Rights on 18-22 April 2016. The Seminar is the highlight of the calendar for our PhD students, and comprises a vibrant and engaging event that brings together visiting experts, academic staff and doctoral researchers. The following visiting experts joined us for this year's doctoral seminar:

  • Professor William Schabas, Middlesex University
  • Professor Surya Deva, City University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Fiona de Londras, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Brian Farrell, Associate Director, Center for Human Rights, University of Iowa

Annual Doctoral Seminar 2015

The Irish Centre for Human Rights hosted its 14th Annual Doctoral Seminar from 27th April to 1st May 2015. During the week, doctoral students had an opportunity to present their research projects and to receive feedback from visiting experts, Centre staff and fellow students. Last year’s Doctoral Seminar saw three distinguished experts invited to Galway: Prof. Yutaka Arai (University of Kent, Brussels), Dr. Jeroen Temperman (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and Dr. Annyssa Bellal (Geneva Call). As part of their engagement, each presented on a current piece of research. Professor Arai presented on ‘The Relationship between IHL and International Criminal Law – Salutary Osmosis’ and Dr Bellal, spoke on the ‘Challenges for Compliance by Non-State Armed Groups’. Dr Temperman gave a presentation on on ‘Religious Hatred in International Law’. The Honorary Chair of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor William Schabas, gave a lecture on the ‘Customary Law of Human Rights’. Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh and Dr Shane Darcy led workshops on research methods and publishing.


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.