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

  "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

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:          

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!         

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