Thursday, 7 December 2017

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland7th of December 2017                                  Congratulations to Dr Amina Adanan on the award of her PhD on universal jurisdiction. The title of her thesis was ' Allies and enemies, past and present: An analysis of the rationale for the development of universal jurisdiction over serious crimes under international law'. In the photo following today's viva are Prof Donncha O Connell, Prof Mohamed Badar, Dr Noelle Higgins, Dr. Amina Adanan, Prof. Ray Murphy and Dr Anita Ferrara.  

Friday, 1 December 2017

On November 10th, Professor Siobhán Mullally was invited to present to the Senate of the Republic of Mexico on the work of the Council of Europe on combating human trafficking. The Senate hearing was organised by the National Commission on Trafficking of the Senate, and the National Commission on Human Rights, Mexico (CNDH), and chaired by Senator Adriana Dávila, President of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Commission at the Senate of the Republic. In addition to Senators participating,  the presentation was attended by representatives of the General Attorneys Office, the National Prosecutors office, National Migration office, the US Embassy and the Irish Embassy in Mexico. Professor Mullally also presented on November 9th, at an international conference co- hosted by UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and the National Commission on Human Rights, on the subject of human rights monitoring and combating trafficking in human beings in the context of global migration. And to complete a busy few days, on Monday November 13th, she met with Commissioners of the National Commission on Human Rights, and spoke about the work of Ireland’s NHRI, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Friday, 1 December 2017

 The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Global Campus of Human Rights, Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and the Kingdom of the Netherlands cordially invite you to flm screenings, presentations and discussions on African cinema and human rights. Date:  Monday 4 December 2017Time:  09:00 – 17:30Venue: SRC Chambers, Conference Centre, University of PretoriaEnquiries: About the seminar on African cinema and human rightsIn all its forms African cinema is an essential cultural and political resource, as there is a widespread commitment amongst practitioners to pursue flmmaking and flm-related activities with the capacity to spur the development of inclusive, just, and sustainable societies. The aim of this seminar is to explore the wide variety of ways in which flmmaking and flm culture on the African continent interact with human rights discourses, broadly construed, including those refecting the complexity and specifcity of cultural traditions that pre-date, yet resonate with the formulation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its spin-of treaties.            

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Professor Siobhan Mullally chaired the 30th plenary session of the Council of Europe treaty monitoring body, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, from Nov 20-24th. The full list of decisions adopted can be viewed at: These include discussion on the urgent procedure in relation to Hungary, the Final Report (2nd evaluation) on Serbia, the Draft Report on Sweden (2nd evaluation)and the Draft Report on Spain (2nd evaluation).  Exchanges of views were also convened with the Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL, on the links with human trafficking, money laundering and financing of terrorism. Discussion was also held with Katherine Bryant of Walk Free on the monitoring methodology of the Global Slavery Index Government responses and reports. Professor Mullally is President of the Council of Europe body, GRETA, and is one of the Rapporteurs for the urgent procedure in relation to Hungary. Further information on the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking work and all country reports can be viewed at:    

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Dr Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona, the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will give a lunchtime seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights on Monday 11 December at 1pm. Dr Sepulveda will speak on "The obligation to mobilise resource for the realisation of human rights".  Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (formerly Independent Expert) between May 2008 and June 2014. She is currently based at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. Sepulveda is a Chilean lawyer who holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands; an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a post graduate diploma in comparative law from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.  Ms. Sepulveda has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also served as a consultant to the Division of International Protection of UNHCR and to the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia. More recently she has been Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva and Associate Research Fellow at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights.                                                                                                         All welcome!         

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a book launch and panel discussion on Human Rights, Inclusion and the Future of Global Society: A Sociological Perspective with Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko of the Irish Centre of Human Rights who recently published a book on the topic with Cambridge University Press and Professor Chris Thornhill of Manchester University, a world leading scholar in sociology of law. Date: 16 January 2018 at 3pmVenue: THB-G010 (The Hardiman Building)  Chris Thornhill is Professor in Law at the University of Manchester, UK. He has previously held professorial positions in different disciplines at Kings College London and Glasgow University and visiting Professorships in Chile and Brazil. His work is positioned in the interstices between Law, Sociology, Politics and History.  In recent years, he has conducted extensive research on the sociology of constitutional law and the sociology of democracy. He has published a number of monographs and articles on these topics, which have been translated into many languages, and which have helped to establish the sociology of constitutions as an important and rapidly expanding field of legal research. A central aspect of his current research is a concern with the formation of the global legal system, in the context of which he examines processes of democratization. In this respect, his work is driven by the methodological endeavour to link the sociology of law with global sociology, and to articulate the importance of legal sociology for the comprehension of global society more broadly.  All Welcome!            

Thursday, 5 October 2017

  "Rethinking Human Rights and Global Constitutionalism"  New book by Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko 'Are human rights really a building block of global constitutionalism? Does global constitutionalism have any future in the theory and practice of international law and global governance? This book critically examines these key questions by focusing on the mechanisms utilised by global constitutionalism whilst comparing the historical functioning of constitutional rights in national systems.' Rethinking Human Rights and Global Constitutionalism  2017 Cambridge University Press  

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    Prof Ray Murphy assesses Mladic trial and likely outcome Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 Piece is now live -   Image: ("Former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic (centre) at his first appearance before the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague in 2001")                

Thursday, 16 November 2017

  "Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems"  Peter Gallagher, PhD candidate attending the meeting discussing "Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems" (LAWS) at the UN in GENEVA from 13 to 17 November 2017              

Friday, 10 November 2017

 Prof Ray Murphy and former LLM students Ulic Egan and Mercedes Melon Ballesteros at  the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) in the Hague where Prof Murphy was discussing modes of liability under international criminal law as part of the Criminal Investigators Course.             

Thursday, 26 October 2017

  "The challenges to humanitarian action in North East Nigeria due to the Boko Haram Insurgency "  Presentation by Daniel Sheeran, Field Security Advisor, United Nations  Monday 13th November, 12.45pm  - 2pmSeminar Room, ICHR, NUI, Galway Daniel currently works for the UN as a Field Security Adviser in Maiduguri, Borno State in NE Nigeria in the Lake Chad basin region. The area has suffered from an Islamist Insurgency since 2009 by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa insurgent groups. In Aug 2016 the region was declared a level 3 humanitarian emergency by the UN. Daniel has also worked in the Central African Republic with the UN and is a former Officer in the Irish Army having served in Liberia, Chad and Lebanon. He is also an LLM graduate (Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict).   All welcome!         

Thursday, 9 November 2017

  "The mission and work of the ICRC" By Michael Mazliah Friday 10th of NovemberSeminar room, Irish Centre for Human rights, 11.30-12.30 pm The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence. Michael Mazliah is currently the legal and protection officer at the UK and Ireland delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. His work covers issues including dialogue with state and non-state actors as well as work around the interaction between domestic and international law. He is a qualified UK solicitor specialising in human rights law with an LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy.     All welcome!         

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Lunchtime Seminar Series:    "Climate Change in the European Court of Human Rights"   Monday 6th of November, 1-2pm, Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights     Talk by Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Gerry Liston of the Global Legal Action Network     Climate change is increasingly recognised as one of, if not the greatest threats to human rights. With governments the world over failing to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to levels anywhere near what the climate change science indicates is necessary to prevent dangerous climate change, citizens are increasingly turning to courts to force these governments into taking the necessary action. And legal action has so far proven itself to be a tool with potential. In 2015, the Urgenda Foundation and over 800 Dutch citizens succeeded in securing a court order requiring the Netherlands to significantly cut its greenhouse gas. In the U.S. 21 youth recently defeated an attempt by the Trump administration to have their federal court climate change case struck out, with the judge concluding that she had “no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society”.    Against the backdrop of these successes, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) has begun preparing a case on behalf of seven Portuguese youth against up to 47 European countries to the European Court of Human Rights. Working with a team of barristers from London's Garden Court Chambers, they intend to bring their case directly to the Strasbourg Court to seek a decision that States must adopt reasonable measures to cut their emissions and thereby protect the human rights of the Portuguese applicants. Their case will be the first climate change legal action in which multiple States are sued at the one time.   Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn is the director of GLAN and Academic Fellow at Lancaster University Law School; Gerry Liston is a Legal Officer with GLAN and a former LLM student and current PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.   All welcome!      

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) is grateful for Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Gerry Liston for their insightful talk titled "Climate Change in the European Court of Human Rights". In the picture Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn (middle left), Gerry Liston (right) are pictured with staff members Dr Shane Darcy (left) and Director and Professor Siobhán Mullally (middle right).              

Thursday, 26 October 2017

    Silvia Gagliardi, Irish Research Council (IRC) Scholar/PhD Candidate ICHR, presents an academic paper entitled "Who is violating indigenous people's rights in Morocco"  October 2017 Silvia Gagliardi presented an academic paper entitled “Who is violating indigenous people’s rights in Morocco? The limited impact of human rights reforms on Morocco’s Amazigh women” at the “10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conference to review progress and challenges”, held by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, October 2017.  **********  Article  "Violence against Women"  Silvia Gagliardi recent article entitled “Violence against women: The stark reality behind Morocco’s human rights progress” was published in the peer-reviewed academic Journal of North African Studies (August 2017). Link available here:    Image caption: ("Tea and pastries in a rural Amazigh home in the Moroccan countryside")           

Friday, 20 October 2017

  "Joint Council of Europe - UNHCR"  Professor Siobhán Mullally presented at a joint Council of Europe - UNHCR 16th October 2017, Madrid   Marking EU anti-trafficking day, Professor Siobhán Mullally presented at a joint Council of Europe – UNHCR conference held in Madrid, on sexual and gender based violence. Professor Mullally’s presentation focused in particular on states’ obligations of identification and assistance in the context of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.             

Thursday, 17 August 2017

QCEA Study Tour   LLM students Maha Abdallah and Tom Wilkinson were fortunate to travel on a study tour of the EU and Council of Europe institutions, from 24 June - 1 July 2017, with a group from the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA). Their tour included receiving extensive briefings at the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union in Brussels, and at the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.   “The study tour was both educational and enlightening, allowing us to develop our understanding of the structure and workings of the European institutions. We were able to get a sense of how the European political and human rights institutions work from the inside, in addition to learning about the QCEA and its role in EU diplomacy, research, and advocacy on issues of concern to Quakers, including the environment, the arms trade, and refugee protection and migration policy.”   The study group benefitted from numerous informational sessions with QCEA staff members and representatives from NGOs working within the EU, including the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office. In particular, the group were honoured able to meet and have Q&A sessions with both Helena Jäderblom (the Swedish Judge of the European Court of Human Rights), and Molly Scott-Cato (Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar), among meetings with many other expert insiders.   Maha and Tom would like to express their immense gratitude to the organisers of the tour; Andrew Lane (QCEA Director) and Martin Leng (QCEA Communications Coordinator) for providing such a stimulating and valuable week. Information about QCEA and the valuable work they do can be found at

Friday, 20 October 2017

    "21st Meeting of the Committee of the Parties" "Professor Siobhán Mullally presented to the 47 States Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking"  Friday 13th October in Strasbourg Professor Siobhán Mullally presented to the 47 States Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking, at the 21st meeting of the Committee of the Parties held in the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, October 13. The Committee adopted recommendations under the second evaluation round of the Convention addressed to the Governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Ireland and Norway. Further, the Committee adopted a recommendation under the first evaluation round of the Convention addressed to the Government of Belarus. Full news item available at:  Professor Siobhán Mullally is currently President of the anti-trafficking monitoring body, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2017-19)               

Thursday, 19 October 2017

    "Collaborating with the Enemy during Armed Conflict -  Does International Humanitarian Law have a Blind Spot?" A Whitaker Ideas Seminar Presentation by Dr Shane DarcyIrish Centre for Human Rights Wednesday 25th October 1pmCA110 (SAC Room), Cairnes Building, NUI, Galway The use of informers and other collaborators by parties to an armed conflict has been a constant yet oftentimes concealed practice in wartime. Informers may provide valuable intelligence which assists with military and security operations, while various forms of collaboration, whether military, administrative or economic, can further a number of aims of parties to an armed conflict. Collaborators might be considered indispensible for the pursuit of certain wartime objectives, both lawful and otherwise. Despite the prevalence of such activity during wartime, and the serious and at times fatal consequences that befall those who collaborate with an enemy, international law applicable in times of armed conflict does not squarely address the phenomenon.   Informers and other collaborators do not feature amongst the categories of persons which international humanitarian law formally recognises during armed conflict, principally combatants, civilians, prisoners of war, spies and mercenaries. The recruitment, use and treatment of informers and collaborators is addressed only indirectly by international humanitarian law. This paper considers this potential blind spot of international humanitarian law when it comes to collaborating with an enemy and assesses how recent developments in human rights law and the law of war crimes might be brought to bear in this context.          

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

  "Election Monitoring Mission"  Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) October 2017 Prof Ray Murphy and colleague in Federal Republic of Macedonia as part of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Election monitoring mission          

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

"Opinion: the United Nations' lengthy mission in Haiti has featured serious controversy, including an outbreak of cholera an a poor response by the organisation to events"  News article by Professor Ray Murphy Thursday 12th October 2017  Piece is now live at      

Thursday, 5 October 2017

  "Prosecuting the genocide at Srebrenica"  Presentation by Peter McCloskey International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Thursday 19th of October 7.30pm Tyndall Theatre, Main Concourse, NUI, Galway Peter McCloskey is a senior trial attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). McCloskey has been working on Srebrenica related cases since 1996. He has worked on the prosecution of twenty individuals indicted by the ICTY for crimes committed in Srebrenica, including Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić and General Ratko Mladić.  All welcome!         

Friday, 6 October 2017

"Presentation by Professor Siobhán Mullally" Wednesday 4th of October 2017 Professor Siobhán Mullally delivered a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment on behalf of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, with Chief Commissioner Emily Logan. The full text of the oral statement and the policy document published on a legislative and policy framework on abortion is available at:          

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

"Human rights and exploitation of natural resources in the Golan Heights"  Presentation by Nizar Ayoub Advocate/Founder and Director of Al-Marsad  Monday 9th of October 1-2pm,  Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Al-Marsad | Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights is an independent, not-for-profit national human rights organisation located in Majdal Shams, in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The centre was founded in October 2003 by a group of lawyers and professionals in the fields of law, health, education, journalism and engineering, along with human rights defenders and other interested community members.  Nizar is the principal founder of Al-Marsad and has served as Al-Marsad’s Director since 2012. Nizar obtained an M.A in International Law from the Institute of Foreign Relations and International Law, at Kiev National University in 1992, and a Ph.D in International Law from the Institute of State and Law, at the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow in 1998. Nizar specializes in legal research and training in the fields of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. He worked with ‘Al-Haq’, a leading Palestinian human rights organization in Ramallah from 2000-2011, as a lawyer and legal researcher. Nizar has published several studies on the legal status of the occupied Arab territories since 1967 with a special focus on Jerusalem. In 2014 Nizar served as a consultant to the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  All welcome!         

Thursday, 21 September 2017

ÖCALAN’S BOOK: “CAPITALISM THE AGE OF UNMASKED GODS AND NAKED KINGS. MANIFESTO FOR A DEMOCRATIC CIVILIZATION”  Presentation by Havin Guneser  Journalist and Activist  Thursday 21st of September 2017, 1-2pm Room 101, Bridge Room, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG   This presentation will focus upon the Kurdish struggle, the PKK (Kurdistan's Workers Party) and Abdullah Öcalan, who is the founding political leader of the PKK. Öcalan has been imprisoned since 1999 on Imrali Island, and from prison he has published several books on the Kurdish struggle. As an example, Öcalan's thought has been the platform upon which the democratic confederalism in Rojava (West Kurdistan/Syrian Kurdistan) has been built.     In this presentation, Havin Guneser, will speak on Öcalan's most recent book "Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings", which is the second book in a new five-volume work called Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization. Together, they present a synthesis of Öcalan’s political thinking. This volume completes his journey through the history of civilizations, preparing the ground for the upcoming volume entitled "The Sociology of Freedom".   Havin Guneser is an engineer, journalist and a women‘s rights activist. She is one of the spokespersons of the International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan” and the translator on Abdullah Öcalan’s books.  All welcome!   

Friday, 1 September 2017

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University Galway Friday 14th of September 2017 Viva Success!    Hugh congratulations to Mesenbet Tadeg successfully defended his thesis entitled 'Freedom of Expression and the Contours of Political Speech in Ethiopia: Lessons from a Comparative Study'. The thesis was supervised by Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko. Profesor Thomas Healy of Seton Hall Law School acted as the external examiner, Dr Shane Darcy acted as an internal examiner. Professor Siobhan Mullally chaired the viva. Mesenbet is pictured here with his supervisor Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, internal examiner Dr. Shane Darcy, and external examiner Professor Thomas Healy of Seton Hall University School of Law. Thomas Healy is a law professor at Seton Hall University. He is the author of “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was selected as a New York Times Book Review  editor’s choice.  Professor Healy's lecture took place in the Irish Centre for Human Rights on Thursday 14th of September. The title of his lecture was "The Birth of Free Speech in America" the photo of his book is here: . Well done Mesenbet! We wish you the very best in your future career!                  

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Lecture by Thomas Healy, Law Professor at Seaton Hall University Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12 – 1 pm, Seminar Room Irish Centre for Human Rights The Birth of Free Speech in America   The American system of free speech is widely regarded as one of the most protective in the world. Yet for much of its history, the United States legal system did little to protect the right of free expression. It wasn’t until the searing experience of World War I, when thousands of dissenters were jailed for criticizing the government, that a genuine appreciation for the right of free speech took hold. And even then, it took a series of extraordinary events – and a highly unusual lobbying campaign targeted at a Supreme Court justice – to usher in the modern era of free speech. In this lecture, Professor Thomas Healy will discuss the evolution of free speech in the United States and explain how legal concepts developed by American judges a century ago – such as the “marketplace of ideas” and “clear and present danger” – continue to be relevant around the globe today.  Thomas Healy is a law professor at Seton Hall University. He is the author of “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was selected as a New York Times Book Review  editor’s choice.  All are welcome

Thursday, 17 August 2017

THE COLOMBIAN PEACE PROCESS AND THE RIGHT TO AMNESTY Presentation by Professor Kai Ambos University of Göttingen   Boardroom, Human Rights Centre, NUI Galway Thursday 24 August 2017 at 1.00 p.m.   After many years of negotiations, the Colombian government and FARC, the oldest rebel organisation in Latin America, agreed on the “justice limb” as the fourth and most important part of their negotiations. After a negative referendum (the “Columbian Brexit”), a revised version of the agreement was finally adopted, and approved by Congress at the end of 2016. The legislative process to implement the agreement is now well underway. This presentation will focus in particular on the amnesty legislation, especially Law 1820 of 30 December 2016 and the complexities surrounding its implementation. Kai Ambos is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law at the University of Göttingen in Germany, as well as a judge of the recently created Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC). Previously, he served as a part-time judge of the Göttingen District Court. He is also the Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) of Göttingen University. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and currently a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s College Oxford. He has also acted as defence lawyer, e.g. as a member of the Gotovina defence team at ICTY and the Bemba appeals defence team at the ICC. He is on the ICC defence counsel list. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, in several languages, on German, comparative and international criminal law. Particularly noteworthy among his publications are his Treatise on International Criminal (3 volumes published by Oxford University Press, 2013-2016), the third edition of his Commentary on the ICC Statute (co-edited with Otto Triffleter and published by Hart Publications, Oxford in 2016). He  also has a forthcoming book on European Criminal Law, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Summer School will discuss prosecuting the most serious crimes known to humanity and will include a special session on corporate crimesThe Irish Centre for Human Rights at the School of Law in NUI Galway will host its 18th Summer School on the International Criminal Court for five days from 19-23 June.The International Criminal Court in the Hague is the world’s only permanent judicial body tasked with prosecuting persons for the most serious crimes known to the international community, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Court has been operational since 2002 and has tried individuals from a number of African countries, including Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, while the Prosecutor is currently examining potential crimes in Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq and Palestine.Since 2000 the Summer School at NUI Galway has welcomed leading international experts and practitioners to Galway to participate in this event and to analyse the progress of the International Criminal Court to date. During five days of intensive lectures delivered by leading specialists in the field, delegates are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its applicable law, structures and activities.Key speakers at this year’s Summer School include Professor William Schabas, of Middlesex University and Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, widely regarded as the foremost academic expert on the International Criminal Court. From 2002 to 2004 Professor Schabas served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Don Ferencz, a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and a Research Associate at the Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology, who is the Convener of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression; and Dr Fabricio Guariglia, the Director of the Prosecution Division at the International Criminal Court and a highly experienced prosecutor who has been involved in numerous serious crimes cases. In October 1998 Dr Guariglia joined the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.According to Dr Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway: “The International Criminal Court is the world’s principal court for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and it is important that it can hold to account all those who may contribute to the commission of international crimes. Ending impunity and deterring future atrocities requires bringing the law to bear not only on the planners and perpetrators, but also those who benefit from serious human rights abuses.”The 2017 Summer School on the International Criminal Court includes a special session on corporate crimes, which will consider the prospects for corporate accountability at the Court, examine crimes such as pillage during times of armed conflict and assess the potential liability of those that finance or profit from international crimes.For further information on the Summer School visit:

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

NUI Galway has announced the appointment of Professor Siobhán Mullally as the Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. Professor Mullally will take up her post in September 2017.Professor Mullally is currently a Professor at the School of Law, UCC where she also holds the position of Vice-Head of the College of Business & Law. She was recently elected President of the Council of Europe expert group on human trafficking, GRETA. Professor Mullally is also a Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission and a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.Professor Mullally has worked as an adviser and consultant on human rights, migration and asylum law, gender and justice sector reform for UN bodies and international organisations in many parts of the world, including in Ethiopia, Timor-Leste, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kosovo.  In 2009, she was appointed by the International Bar Association to an inquiry team, examining the independence of the judiciary in Pakistan. As President and member of the Council of Europe anti-trafficking body (GRETA), she has been rapporteur for several country reports, including Hungary, France, Italy, UK and Sweden. Professor Mullally is the Irish member of the Odysseus European network of experts on Asylum and Migration Law.Prior to her appointment at UCC, Professor Mullally held lecturing posts in the UK and Pakistan. She has held visiting positions at several leading universities, including at Harvard Law School, Cornell University, Sydney Law School, National Law School of India, Bangalore. In 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fellow in Residence at Columbia University, Gender, Sexuality and Law Centre, and inn 2011-2012, she was awarded the prestigious Senior Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence. Welcoming the appointment, Prof. Ray Murphy said “I am delighted to have a person of such renowned scholarship and advocacy in the field of international human rights take up the post of Director.  We look forward to working with Siobhán in building on the reputation and activities of the Irish Centre for Human Rights in the years ahead”.  Professor Mullally said: “The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway is one of the world’s premier human rights centres, with an outstanding track record of research, post-graduate teaching and doctoral education in the field of human rights law. Uniquely situated at the cross-roads of practice, policy and academia, the Centre brings together human rights practitioners and scholars from across the world in a dynamic intellectual environment. At this critical time for human rights globally, I look forward to working with colleagues at the Centre and School of Law, to contribute to informed policy debates on many pressing human rights challenges  - from gender equality, women’s human rights and social justice, to refugee and migrant protection.”

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars, and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence. This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on Corporate Crimes and the International Criminal Court. The list of speakers at the 2017 ICC Summer School includes the following: Professor William Schabas (Irish Centre for Human Rights/Middlesex University); Professor James Stewart (University of British Columbia); Dr. Fabricio Guariglia (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court); Professor Megan A. Fairlie (Florida International University); Professor Michael A. Newton (Vanderbilt University); Professor Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr. Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court); Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy (International Criminal Court); Professor Donald M. Ferencz (Middlesex University); Dr Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University); Mr. Richard J. Rodgers (Global Diligence LLP; Dr Noelle Higgins (Maynooth University); Dr Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights). An early bird registration fee of €400 is available for delegates who register before 1 April 2017, with the fee after that date being €450. Scholarships are also available, with the closing date being 15 March 2017. The registration fee includes all conference materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of Professor William Schabas' book 'An Introduction to the International Criminal Court'. The closing date for registrations is 1 June 2017. To register and for more information regarding the 2017 ICC Summer School, please visit our website  and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Should you have any queries, please email us.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

'Exploring Litigation as a Business and Human Rights Remedy'The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce this one-day conference which will examine the opportunities, challenges and barriers to pursuing cases in Irish courts against companies implicated in serious human rights abuses. It is especially timely in the context of Ireland’s commitment to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, which emphasise the importance of remedies for victims of human rights violations connected with business activities. The conference will bring together legal experts, practitioners, academics and advocates to explore civil litigation for serious human rights harms in the Irish context. Further information and registration details are available on the University’s conference website:

Saturday, 16 January 2016

11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy The call for applications for the 11th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school, co-organized by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in NUIG, is now open. More info at: Apply at: Email us a query at: 11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy 16-25 June 2016, Galway, Ireland   This Summer School programme has for the last 10 years attracted young talented filmmakers and professionals from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights.   Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway. This, the 11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy will run at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media in Galway from 16th to 25th of June 2016.   The Summer School is led by Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings.   Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched.   APPLY NOW! Deadline for application is 30th April 2016. For more information please visit or email to You can also follow our FB page at