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Thursday, 19 November 2020
We are pleased to invite you at the webinar taking place on Monday November 23rd: ‘Knocking down the walls of secrecy:The information and privacy rights of those affected by so-called‘historical' institutional and family separation abuses in Ireland’ Dr Maeve O’Rourke&Dr Barry Houlihan Time: 1pm-2pmDate: 23 November 2020 Join Zoom Webinar https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/j/97755307978?pwd=QTJQS3dxZjQ3OFk1WVI4MnpsSkJ2UT09 Webinar ID: 977 5530 7978Passcode: 954483 About the Speakers Dr Maeve O’Rourke, PhD (Birmingham), LLM (Harvard), BCL (University College Dublin) is Lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR). She is Programme Director of the BCL Law and Human Rights, a newly established undergraduate degree programme at NUI Galway. She is also Director of the LLM Human Rights Law Clinic at the ICHR. Since 2010 Maeve has provided pro bono assistance to the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ and she is currently a member of the research group ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research'. She is co-director of the evidence-gathering initiative with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. She is also a lead lawyer on the case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland, currently awaiting judgment on the merits by the UN Committee Against Torture following a landmark admissibility decision in December 2019. Maeve’s legal research and advocacy concerning Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries abuse and the forced separation of unmarried families in Ireland during the 20th century has received international and national recognition; awards include UK Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2013), Ireland Fund of Great Britain ‘Forgotten Irish’ Award (2013), University College Dublin Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award in Law (2014), Ireland/United States Alumni Association Inaugural Emerging Leader Award (2015), Lord Mayor of Dublin Award (2016), and PILnet Local Pro Bono Impact Award (2018). Dr. Barry Houlihan is an Archivist at NUI Galway. Barry teaches in disciplines of History, Children's Studies, and Digital Cultures. Barry is project archivist for the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Oral History Project.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Press Release: New Complaint at the European Court of Human Rights- A.N. v. Greece A complaint has been filed by Flip Schüller, Itamar Mann, Niamh Keady-Tabbal and Lisa-Marie Komp with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of A.N., an asylum seeker who was the victim of a violent maritime expulsion by Greek officials near the island of Samos on 13 May 2020. The submission raises violations of Article 2 (Right to life), Article 3 (Prohibition of torture) and Article 13 (Right to an effective remedy) of the European Convention on Human Rights. It challenges Greece’s now widespread policy of “pushbacks” in the Aegean Sea, and the pattern of sending asylum seekers adrift in non-navigable rafts, which we argue amounts to torture. The applicant, who fled persecution in his home country, was travelling to Greece on a rubber dinghy, carrying around 30 people, to apply for international protection. Before reaching the island of Samos, the Greek Coast Guard violently intercepted the dinghy then took the applicant and other asylum seekers onto a Coast Guard ship. Onboard, the Greek personnel beat them and confiscated their phones, money, and other personal belongings. This was all done in close proximity to a German Frontex vessel, which may have turned a blind eye to the violations. The applicant, and the other asylum seekers he was travelling with, were forced into two inflatable life rafts, repurposed for expulsion. Both of the rafts, which are rescue equipment only to be deployed in emergency situations, without engines and non-navigable, were damaged. Though the rafts quickly took on water, the Hellenic Coast Guard towed the rafts towards Turkish waters before cutting the rope and leaving them adrift at sea. Eventually, members of the Turkish Coast Guard rescued the applicant and other asylum seekers and returned them to Turkey. Throughout these events, the applicant and the other asylum seekers involved were barred from applying for international protection, despite attempts the applicant made to explain that he had suffered from persecution Not only did the applicant’s treatment constitute an illegal pushback, in violation of the principle of non-refoulement, the pushback practice itself, now widespread on the Aegean, amounts to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment. The Court has, in the past, recognised that ill-treatment by public officials during the deportation process may amount to inhuman and degrading treatment. However, the applicant’s complaint that the treatment amounts to torture, is unprecedented. The significance of the present case extends beyond the experience of the individual applicant, who was subject to severe mental and physical suffering as a result of the deliberate actions of Greek officials. “The violence the applicant suffered at the hands of Greek officials is part of a systematic practice of maritime pushbacks that we have observed since March, and the result of the underlying deterrence policy pursued by Greece and the EU”, said Niamh Keady-Tabbal, a member of A.N.’s legal team. Two of the applicant’s representatives, Keady-Tabbal and Itamar Mann, documented the practice in May, and exposed it in an investigation published in Just Security. As these pushbacks have continued, a number of media outlets, including The New York Times and Der Spiegel, have documented the violent and life-threatening pushback of well over a thousand asylum seekers using this method. The United Nations have urged Greece to “refrain from such practices” and “seriously investigate these reports.” They have, however, continued with impunity. “As the Greek legal system is not available for the applicant, the appropriate and indeed indispensable forum for accountability is the European Court of Human Rights,” said Mann. “It is striking that the EU with all its institutions turns a blind eye to the lack of access to territory and thus also to rule of law, particularly when it comes to sea push backs. Yet I am confident that this case will raise awareness both at international level and hopefully in Greece as it needs to be addressed”, said Flip Schüller, Legal Representative. For more information, please contact: Flip Schüller email@example.comItamar Mann firstname.lastname@example.org,Niamh Keady-Tabbal email@example.com,Lisa-Marie Komp, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Seven of our LLM graduates have today launched a report entitled ‘Direct Provision’s Impact on Children: A Human Rights Analysis’, which they researched and authored during their partnership with the Movement of Asylum Seekers (MASI) through the Irish Centre for Human Rights’ Human Rights Law Clinic. The report analyses how children’s human rights are being impacted upon by Ireland’s reception system for asylum seekers, known as ‘Direct Provision’. The authors, Róisín Dunbar, Lauren Burke, Neasa Candon, Meghan Reid, Sien Crivits, Stacy Wrenn and Angelica Shilova, presented their report to the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, Roderic O’Gorman yesterday, on 11 November, with the aim of assisting him to end the discrimination that segregates and demeans children seeking asylum in Ireland, violating their rights guaranteed under international, European and national frameworks. The report’s foreword is written by Emily Logan, Adjunct Professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, and former Ombudsman for Children and Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Logan notes that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and she states: ‘It is heartening to see young people taking such a genuine interest beyond their immediate scholarship to seek to influence and vindicate the rights of children in this state’. The report highlights the wide-ranging rights violations caused by the system of Direct Provision and the related ‘emergency accommodation’. The students argue that children’s rights are breached where, for example: Accommodation in isolated areas creates barriers to accessing specialist services, including mental health services and social care. Lack of proper food and nutrition in centres where self-catering facilities are unavailable hampers children’s health and development. The prohibitive cost of educational materials, the lack of study spaces and the inability to engage with extracurricular activities create barriers to accessing education. Family life is inhibited by communal settings which disempower parents in their child-rearing, and there are limited opportunities for children to learn about their culture from their parents. Vetting procedures lack transparency, there is inadequate regulation of staff training in child protection and Tusla’s lack of involvement fails to properly address potential risks to children. According to the NUI Galway students, the incoming National Standards for Direct Provision (to be enforced from January 2021) will not fully protect children’s rights because: They do not apply to emergency accommodation, where living standards and access to services are even worse than Direct Provision centres. They do not provide strict guidelines to ensure the protection of asylum-seeking children from abuse whilst in Direct Provision. They fail to acknowledge the unsuitability of communal education for children and do nothing to remedy the structural poverty enforced by the system. The students submitted an earlier version of their report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, influencing the Committee’s recently published List of Issues Prior to Reporting. The Committee has requested that Ireland provide information to it on special protection measures for asylum-seeking, refugee and migrant children, including to replace the system of Direct Provision. Sociologist and activist Evgeny Shtorn, who conceived of the research idea stated: "This was one of the most useful collaborations I've had in the years of campaigning against the segregation which is Direct Provision. What has been done here, is an elaboration of a solid, robust and well-grounded argument as to why Direct Provision needs to become a matter of the past. This is a fruitful collective action, where our expertise as activists has been fiercely supported by scholars of the Irish Centre for Human Rights." This report forms part of a larger project by the LLM students during the 2019-2020 academic year to raise awareness about the Direct Provision system. The project ‘Ask about Direct Provision’ was conducted to make Direct Provision a key issue for the General Election 2020. The aim was to gather responses from election candidates on their position on Direct Provision. Responses are documented on our website: https://askaboutdirectprovision.wordpress.com/. These projects were conducted under the supervision of Dr Maeve O’ Rourke through the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. The Human Rights Law Clinic introduces master’s students to the concept of ‘movement lawyering’ and allows students to contribute their skills to community-based movements for social change. About MASI, in their own words: ‘MASI is the collective Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, a platform for asylum seekers to join together in unity and purpose. As a group of people directly affected by the system of direct provision and as people who are currently undergoing the international protection application process, we, unlike experts and NGOs, are uniquely placed to offer direction to the Committee on Justice and Equality on these issues.’ More on MASI’s work and how to support can be found at: https://www.masi.ie/.
Friday, 2 October 2020
Dates for your Diary 2020 Dates for your Diary 2020**All of the below are online via Zoom** 12th Oct - Gerry Liston, Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) “Climate change and the European Court of Human Rights: the Portuguese Youth4ClimateJustice case” Read more at: https://www.glanlaw.org/ and at: https://youth4climatejustice.org/ Climate Justice Lecture Series: Irish Centre for Human Rights Time: 1pm – 2.15pm 13th Oct - Aonghus Kelly, ‘From Galway to Dublin, via Basra, Bosnia, Belfast and Benghazi: the wanderings of an Irish lawyer’ Time: 1pm - 2pm 19th -30th Oct Human Rights Law Clinic ‘Community Organiser Lecture Fortnight’, with evening presentations and Q&A from 5 to 6.30pm on up to 7 evenings. Speakers to include Mary Harney (Adoption Rights Alliance), Saoirse McHugh (Talamh Beo), Evgeny Shtorn (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), Clare O'Connor (Inner City Helping Homeless) and Johnny McElligott (Safety Before LNG). More details to follow. These evening events will be online and open to all ICHR students. Time: 5pm – 6.30pm 22nd Oct - Ambassador Michael Gaffey, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN and other International Organisations at Geneva ‘Multilateralism and Human Rights: Engaging with the UN Human Rights Council and the Security Council’Time: 1pm - 2pm 29th Oct - Dr Michelle Farrell, ‘The UK, International Law and International Crimes: Interrogating the Overseas Operations Bill’Time: 1-2pm 03rd Nov – Amal de Chicera, Statelessness Institute ‘ Statelessness, Trafficking and Rohingya communities’Time: 5 – 7pm 05th Nov – Prof Beth van Schaack ‘Imagining Justice for Syria’.Time: 4 – 5pm 9th Nov - Irene Khan, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression ‘Freedom of Opinion and Expression: Contemporary Challenges for a UN mandate’ Time: 4pm - 5.15pm 12th Nov - Professor Mark Drumbl, ‘Exposing Collaborators: Stories and Sentiments Starting in Communist Prague’Time: 1pm - 2pm 13th Nov - Dr Sharifa Sekalala, Warwick University ‘The human rights impact of increased digital public health surveillance measures during the COVID-19 crisis’ Time: 1pm - 2.00pm 19th Nov - Prof. William Schabas, ‘The War Crime of Unfair Trial’ Time: 1pm - 2pm 24th Nov – Dr Olufemi Amao, Reader, Sussex University ‘African regional/sub-regional courts’ emerging jurisprudence on free movement’ Time: 1pm – 2.30pm 26th Nov- Dr Sharon Weill, ‘The Prosecution of Hissene Habré’Time: 1-2pm 3rd Dec - Dr Edel Hughes, ‘Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Invisibility on Conflict-Related Male Sex Violence in Syria’Time: 12 noon 8th Dec - Dr Marica Moscati, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex will give a presentation on LGBTI Persons and Access to Justice Time: TBC Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 5 October 2020
Publication of new working paper: ‘The Istanbul Convention’s monitoring mechanism: a preliminary assessment of the process, and best practice in GREVIO’s monitoring reports’. This short working paper, authored by Judit Villena Rodó, PhD researcher and incoming Irish Research Council scholar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, is based on the findings of a research project commissioned by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) and conducted as part of the ICHR’s Human Rights Law Clinic 19-20. At an especially relevant time to undertake research on the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the Istanbul Convention), this paper contains a first insight into the Convention’s monitoring process, particularly in relation to State’s obligations relevant to the provision of services to women survivors of violence. The first part details GREVIO's (Group of Experts on Action on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence) country monitoring procedure, and briefly examines the content of the questionnaire which GREVIO provides to States Parties to aid in the preparation of their country reports. This part includes information on the potential role of NGOs in the reporting process. The second part presents key findings, and good practices as found within GREVIO’s country monitoring reports under the Convention, adopted until February 2020. The reports examined, sorted by date, are: Austria, Monaco, Albania, Denmark, Turkey, Montenegro, France, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Italy, The Netherlands and Serbia. Finally, the third part offers concluding thoughts. Although the original report contained a proposal for potential further research, this has been deleted as it was intended solely for the DRCC’s use. To view this paper please click on the following link - **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 2 October 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce that Beatrice Canossi and Judit Villena Rodó have been awarded IRC Government of Ireland PhD scholarship "Beatrice holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Milano Bicocca (2016) and she is a graduate from the ICHR LL.M programme in International Criminal Law (First Class, 2019). Beatrice has significant legal practice experience and passed the Italian State Bar Exam in 2019. Her PhD research project is focused on the transitional justice framework defined by the peace agreement concluded between the Colombian Government and the FARC-EP in 2016. Her work looks at the fundamental premises of truth-seeking mechanisms and prosecutions as applied in the context of the Colombian Integrated System of Truth Justice Reparation and Non-Repetition. The aim of Beatrice's project is to highlight key themes and challenges of the collaboration between judicial and extra-judicial components of the integrated system assessing also their short-term outcomes. Beatrice is supervised by Dr. Anita Ferrara who has a longstanding scholarship within the field of transitional justice and extensive experience within the Latin America region. Judit holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Stirling (First Class, 2017), and is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights LL.M. in International Human Rights Law (First Class, 2019). Judit’s PhD research examines the concept coercive control as a gendered phenomenon, and its conceptualization in international human rights law, with emphasis on the Istanbul Convention’s monitoring and implementation of article 33 on psychological violence. More particularly, her project focuses on migrant women’s ability to seek remedies from the state for coercive control in Ireland and Spain. Her research aims to evaluate the significance of migration status to the concept of coercive control and its implementation; to explore structural factors shaping migrant women’s effective access to remedies and their position as right-claimants; as well as to critically evaluate the limits of possibilities of law in combating all aspects of intimate partner violence. She is supervised by Professor Siobhán Mullally. " Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 17 September 2020
The Irish Centre of Human Rights has submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Committee to inform its List of Issues Prior to Reporting for Ireland’s next examination. The report focuses on various areas of concern: non-ratification of the OP to the CAT Convention; Direct Provision; Human Rights Protections in Residential Care Contexts; ‘Historical’ Institutional and Adoption-related Abuses; Traveller Housing and Institutional Racism; Undocumented Migrants’ Access to Basic Services to Enjoy the Right to Life in Dignity; Denial of Leave to Enter the State; Human Trafficking; Hate Crime Legislation; Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities; and Business and Human Rights. https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CCPR/Shared%20Documents/IRL/INT_CCPR_ICO_IRL_42951_E.pdf **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 3 April 2020
The editors of the Irish Yearbook of International Law welcome expressions of interest from persons interested in taking on the role of Editor in Chief. Since its foundation, the Yearbook has always had two Joint Editors in Chief, supported by an editorial board, book review editor, and advisory committee. Professor Siobhán Mullally has edited the Yearbook since its inaugural volume (2006 Yearbook, published 2008), and Prof. Fiona de Londras has acted as Joint Editor in Chief since the 2011Yearbook (published 2013). The primary responsibilities of the Editors in Chief are to liaise with the publisher (Hart Bloomsbury), generate and manage article submissions, oversee the commissioning and editing of correspondents’ reports, liaise with the book review editor to oversee generation of book reviews, and identify and collate the key documents on Ireland and international law that are published in each volume. The IYIL is published once per year, and the new Editors in Chief should be in place to take the lead on the 2020 Yearbook (to be published in 2021). The outgoing Editors in Chief will provide transitional support. Expressions of interest in the form of a cover letter and CV should be sent to the outgoing editors, Prof Siobhan Mullally (Siobhan.email@example.com) and Prof Fiona de Londras (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 30th, 2020. Decisions will be communicated by mid-September. We welcome combined expressions of interest from persons proposing to act as Joint Editors in Chief, or expressions of interest from individuals. In the latter case, we may propose the role be shared between two or more persons who express an interest. **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 20 July 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights would like to congratulate Yassin Osman who has recently been awarded a position as an intern with the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute. Yassin is an LL.M student, and Kader Asmal fellowship awardee, studying international human rights law at the ICHR, researching internet shutdowns impact on civil and political rights.The internship is open to law students and newly qualified lawyers. Interns at IBAHRI’s London office support the aim of the institute in promoting and protecting human rights through capacity building and advocacy projects on pertinent human rights issues. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 17 July 2020
Professor Siobhán Mullally appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children. Professor Siobhán Mullally, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights has been appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children. The position will focus on the human rights of victims of trafficking in persons. Professor Mullally was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, following an open competitive selection process. As Special Rapporteur Professor Mullally will be responsible for taking action on human rights violations committed against trafficked persons and on situations in which there has been a failure to protect their human rights and to take effective preventive action. She will undertake country visits in order to study the situation in situ and formulate recommendations to prevent and/or combat trafficking, and protect the human rights of victims of trafficking in specific countries and/or regions, and will also submit annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. She will also present to the UN Security Council on the links between human trafficking and armed conflict. Commenting on the appointment, Professor Mullally said: Human Trafficking is a serious violation of human rights, often targeting people living in poverty, victims of discrimination, and people fleeing situations of armed conflict or persecution. COVID-19 has limited access to critical support services for victims of trafficking, and deflected resources away from preventive action. Closures of borders and limited access to safe, regular migration, combined with increases in unemployment and poverty, all increase risks of sexual, labour and other forms of exploitation. Children who are increasingly in online environments and not attending school regularly, are particularly at risk of trafficking. It is critical now that effective protection measures are taken to vindicate the human rights of victims of trafficking, and that Governments and the international community take seriously their obligations to prevent human trafficking. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 16 July 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights would like to congratulate Dr Jia Wang on her appointment as Assistant Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Macau University of Science and Technology. Jia recently completed her PhD dissertation titled "Revolution and International Criminal Law: the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia" under the supervision of Prof Shane Darcy and Prof William Schabas in 2020. She will be teaching two master courses at Macau University of Science and Technology during the upcoming semester, one on International Crimes and Transnational Crimes and the other on Comparative Law. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is very pleased to announce that Kelsey Rhude will be joining the Centre as a Hardiman Scholar. Kelsey is a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, LL.M. programme in International Human Rights Law. Her PhD research project explores early applications of informal, non-adversarial transitional justice mechanisms in contexts without transition where armed conflict is protracted. The project aims to clarify the link between transitional justice and peacebuilding by confronting the limitations of the current framework for transitional justice. She will begin her doctoral studies at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in September 2020 under the supervision of Dr. Anita Ferrara. We look forward to welcoming Kelsey to our community of doctoral students at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and School of Law. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 12 June 2020
“The Irish Centre for Human Rights is very pleased to announce that Rania Muhareb will be joining the Centre as a Hardiman Scholar in September 2020. Rania is a graduate of Sciences Po in Paris and is currently a legal research and advocacy officer with Al-Haq in Ramallah. Her doctoral research considers the implications of applying the apartheid framework to modern contexts of institutionalised racial discrimination and oppression. Her supervisor is Prof Shane Darcy. We look forward to welcoming Rania to our community of doctoral students at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and School of Law”. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 12 June 2020
This week, LLM students Colin Carney, Sophie Fitzpatrick and Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux published an episode of the Irish Centre for Human Rights’ Human Rights Podcast investigating the anti-fracked gas movement in Ireland and on the international stage. The episode, entitled ‘But Ireland Banned Fracking? Why we still Need to Talk about Fracked Gas’, is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcast and through the ICHR website, . In 2017, Ireland became the third European country to ban onshore fracking. Pervasive public concern about the environmental and health risks were the catalyst for the ban along with a relentless campaigning by grassroots movements throughout Ireland. Despite this crucial turning point, the anti-fracking movement is by no means at rest with the planned siting and construction of LNG terminals throughout Ireland. This podcast episode features interviews with key campaigners, one of whom is Johnny McElligott of Safety Before LNG. Safety Before LNG is an organisation based in North Kerry which is advocating to ban the importation of fracked gas into Ireland and to prevent the construction of a planned LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) terminal on the Shannon Estuary. In the podcast, Johnny speaks about his experience and work to date with Safety Before LNG and explains that his motivation is to protect the environment and sensitive ecosystems in the Shannon Estuary. He also highlights the damaging effects that fracking has for the health of communities in surrounding areas. Other guests on the podcast episode include Brian Cuthbert and Jessie Dolliver, activists from Not Here Not Anywhere, a nationwide, grassroots group campaigning to end fossil fuel exploration and the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure in Ireland (including a further planned LNG terminal in Cork Harbour). They provide insight into the science behind LNG and Ireland’s prospects for a just transition. They also explain the European-wide anti-fracked gas movement. Sophie, Cassie and Colin also speak to Tammy Murphy, Medical Advocacy Director for Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania. Tammy informs listeners about the harms that fracking inflicts on local communities in the US and explains why the issue is both transnational and urgent. This podcast episode accompanies the LLM students’ work, with Johnny McElligott and Safety Before LNG as part of the Human Rights Law Clinic, to draft and explain the EU and international law justifications for a legislative ban on importing fracked gas into Ireland.
Friday, 5 June 2020
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Emily Logan, Adjunct Professor to the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Commenting on her appointment, Ms Logan said: "With such a strong global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, it is indeed a great honour to join the Irish Centre for Human Rights". Emily Logan previously served as Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, appointed by President Michael D. Higgins, from 2014 to 2019. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, a fifteen member Commission, is Ireland’s national human rights institution and national equality body, accounts to the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) and is accredited by the United Nations as an ‘A’ status institution. In October 2018, she was nominated by her peers across Council of Europe member states as Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions. Prior to this, she served as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children from 2003 to 2014, appointed by President McAleese and accounting to the Oireachtas (Irish parliament). In 2008 she was nominated by her peers to the position of President of the European Network of Ombudsmen for Children. Emily’s contribution to the rights of the children of Ireland, in particular children without parental guardianship, children in the care of the State, separated children or those deprived of their liberty, is widely acknowledged. She has for many years appeared in multiple national and international fora, including before the Oireachtas for sixteen years and regionally and internationally at the Council of Europe and across all United Nations Treaty-based bodies, UN Charter-based bodies and engaging with Special Procedures mandate holders.
Friday, 5 June 2020
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Guénaël Mettraux as Adjunct Professor (International Criminal Justice and International Criminal Law) to the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Professor Mettraux commenting on his appointment said:"I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to contribute to an institution that has done so much to keep the light of human rights alive in an increasingly complicated time. I hope to contribute to a new generation of young women and men committed to the ideals of human rights." Prof. Dr. Guénaël Mettraux is a Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. He is Presiding member of the European Union's Human Rights Review Panel. He appears as Defense counsel before international criminal jurisdictions. Over the past decade, he has represented several high-ranking military and civilian leaders accused of international crimes, including General Sefer Halilović (former Commander of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ljube Boškoski (former Minister of Interior of the Republic of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), General Ante Gotovina (General in the Croatian Army) and Assad Hassan Sabra (Special Tribunal for Lebanon – Rafik Hariri assassination). He also acts as a consultant before the International Criminal Court (including in the case Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (including in the case The Prosecutor v Mico Stanišić), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (for former Head of State, Khieu Samphan). Dr Mettraux is a Professor of Law at Dickinson Law School, PennState, a guest lecturer at SciencePo, Paris, and a guest lecturer at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He has published extensively in the field of international criminal law. His scholarly works include three books: "International Crimes and the ad hoc Tribunals (OUP, 2005), "Perspectives on the Nuremberg Trial" (OUP, 2008) and "The Law of Command Responsibility" (OUP, 2009), which was awarded the Lieber Prize from the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Board of Editors of the International Criminal Law Review.
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Students in the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights have created a website to help former residents of Ireland’s industrial schools and reformatories to use the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to access their personal records that are now held by various state and charitable agencies. The website, www.mydatarights.ie, contains two written Information Guides which can be downloaded and used by anyone who was in an industrial or reformatory school. The first Guide helps former residents of the schools through the process of accessing their records using the GDPR. It also provides information for relatives of those who were formerly detained and are now deceased. In addition, it contains template letters of request. The second Guide helps people to navigate the website of the Data Protection Commission in order to register a complaint where they have encountered delays or difficulties in accessing their records. This Guide also contains the wording of potential arguments that can be made. The My Data Rights project was created in collaboration with the voluntary groups, Justice for Magdalenes Research and Adoption Rights Alliance, under the supervision of Dr Maeve O’Rourke. It is not intended as legal advice but rather as public information. Speaking about the website's launch, LLM candidate and qualified solicitor, Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux, said: Data protection and the right of data access are fundamental rights protected under EU and Irish law. Unfortunately, survivors of ‘historical’ abuses in Ireland face many barriers when they attempt to access their information, including information which has been given to Commissions of Inquiry or Redress bodies. Through the My Data Rights Project, I hope we can empower survivors of 'historical' abuse in Ireland to use the GDPR to access their personal data. LLM Candidate, Mary Harney, who is herself a survivor of both a Mother and Baby Home and an Industrial School, said: "The Department of Education’s Retention of Records Bill, proposed in 2019, would have prohibited all access to every document contained in the archives of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, and the Residential Institutions Redress Board and its Review Committee for 75 years. A concerted campaign by lawyers, academics, former residents and advocates halted the progress of that Bill in November 2019. My hope now is that the My Data Rights project helps survivors to take control of their own records and testimony. As I said to the Oireachtas Education Committee in November: When I testified before the Residential Institutions Redress Board I did so in good faith. I was not informed that my statement was to be sealed for 75 years. The Government’s Bill would create another generation of the disappeared of Ireland."
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
This week saw the publication of a new website dedicated to reaching a shared vision for, and ensuring the development of, the site of the last Magdalene Laundry to close in Ireland: at Sean McDermott Street in Dublin. The Open Heart City website was created by LLM students, Kelly Ledoux, Cécile Harrault, Rebecca Naous and Sara Alerr, and Dr Maeve O'Rourke, as part of the work of the Irish Centre for Human Rights’ Human Rights Law Clinic and specifically as a result of the students’ pairing with the voluntary group, Justice for Magdalenes Research. The website outlines a plan by a group of architects convened under the name ‘CoLab’ to consult with the local community and also with abuse survivors, academics, activists and others, leading to the production of a Vision Document for the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site and a temporary Pavillion where members of the public can view and discuss the contents of that Vision Document. CoLab are also making efforts with others to bring the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site back into temporary use as soon as possible. The Open Heart City project is being assisted not only by the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway but also by the Centre for Ethics in Public Life and the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin, and the School of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast. Over the past semester, LLM students from the Irish Centre for Human Rights have collaborated closely with M.Arch. students from both UCD and Queen’s University, demonstrating the value of discussion, investigation and creative endeavour crossing disciplinary boundaries. Key to our LLM students’ work on creating the Open Heart City website was the gathering and communication of a range of efforts that have been ongoing to bring about truth-telling and memorialisation regarding Ireland’s 20th century institutional and gender-based abuses and their continuing effects. The website contains a useful list of numerous previous official consultation reports and statements at the conclusion of inquiries regarding memorialisation. The website contains information for the general public about the possible meanings of memorialisation, and states’ legal obligations to ensure memorialisation in contexts of gross and systematic human rights violations, according to international law. The website also provides an introduction to the Sites of Conscience movement worldwide. At www.openheartcitydublin.ie you will also find a summary of the LLM students’ efforts during and after the 2020 General Election to ascertain the views of elected representatives regarding a public call by a coalition of survivors, academics and practitioners, including several NUI Galway staff members, for the establishment of an independent national repository of historical care-related records in order to enable truth-telling and other forms of accountability for ‘historical’ abuses. This work complements the efforts of other students in the LLM Human Rights Law Clinic, who are working with Adoption Rights Alliance and with several survivors of residential schools and Magdalene Laundries to progress the campaign for access to information concerning ‘historical’ abuses in Ireland. You can read more here, and we look forward to posting further updates on the LLM students’ clinical work in due course.
Friday, 24 April 2020
Huge congratulations to our PhD student Jia Wang on her successful viva this morning: 'Revolution and International Criminal Law: The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia' **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 3 April 2020
'The ICHR has submitted an amicus curiae before the Constitutional Court of Colombia in the case of a woman trafficked from Venezuela into Colombia for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The amicus highlighted the following key issues: the gender dimension of trafficking and the principle of non-discrimination, and States’ due diligence obligations in the context of trafficking in persons, including the positive obligation to identify victims and to effectively investigate trafficking cases. The amicus was co-authored by Prof. Siobhán Mullally, and PhD researchers Judit Villena and Noemi Magugliani.' **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 3 April 2020
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the life and rights of people worldwide, and Europe is one of the most affected regions. At the beginning of March, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) asked the Irish Centre for Human Rights to collect relevant data and information on possible impact of state measures on the fundamental rights of people in Ireland. This piece of research, prepared by Dr Stefano Angeleri (NUI Galway) and Ms Hannah Grene (Barncat Consulting) contributed to the drafting of the first in a series of three-monthly FRA reports on the impact of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the 27 European Union Member States during the first weeks of the pandemic. The FRA Report, which highlights rights-based approaches to public health emergencies across the EU member states, is available at: https://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_uploads/fra-2020-coronavirus-pandemic-eu-bulletin-1_en.pdf . The country study prepared by the Dr Angeleri and Ms Grene, on the impact of the Irish government measures in place until 24 March, is available at: https://fra.europa.eu/sites/default/files/fra_uploads/ireland-report-covid-19-april-2020_en.pdf . Further data collection and analysis is currently ongoing at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and will be published in May and June. If you wish to report any situation of particular concern or any important information for us to focus in our future reports, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Stefano Angeleri (email: email@example.com). **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 3 April 2020
NUI Galway has a generous package of scholarships, taught and research, across all disciplines. Expand the menus below to find out more. http://www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate_scholarships/ **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 3 April 2020
Please check the following link for update: https://www.glencree.ie/news/joint-academic-journal-update/ CALL FOR PAPERS Dealing with the Legacy of Conflict in Northern Ireland through Engagement & Dialogue Peace IV Project Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation in association with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG Check out the following link for all the relevant information or see below: Calling for Papers The Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation Peace IV Project, in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), will host a one-day Conference at NUI Galway in mid-November 2020 in conjunction with the launch of an Academic Journal. The conference will explore political, social and cultural developments in contemporary Northern Ireland post the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement of 1998. In particular, the Academic Journal will focus on Addressing the Legacy of Inter-Communal Violence through Facilitated Dialogue, which is the focus of the Peace IV Project. This is a key thematic debate encapsulated within the ongoing Peace Process as to how meaningful engagement, dialogue and perspective sharing with groups and individuals on the legacy of violence as a consequence of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ may in turn contribute to both official and unofficial legacy processes in Northern Ireland and the British Isles as a whole. Papers are invited for submission across a broad multi-disciplinary spectrum and also from within the wider community of both academics and practitioners who are involved in fostering and developing inter-communal relationships and those that seek to address ongoing legacy issues of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Submissions are invited to address the following key themes/questions that are important to explore within this context, including inter alia; • The Language, Discourse & Identity around the issue of dealing with the legacy of intercommunal violence. • Reconciliation, the obstacles to same and how it might be achieved. • The Role of Geography whereby narrative and political memory is deeply embedded into the local landscape. • The Impact of Gender and how Women’s Groups contribute to possible reconciliation in a post-conflict environment. • How the experience of Victims and Survivors Groups can inform international audiences and other postconflict environments in developing transitional justice models. This bespoke 2020 Academic Journal will be published in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. All articles will be peer reviewed by the joint Editorial Team: Prof. Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights; Professor Patricia Lundy and Dr. Niall Gilmartin, both of Ulster University, Jordanstown. The Editorial Team are inviting contributions, in the first instance of 300 word Abstracts which should be submitted no later than 15th February 2020. Based on the review of Abstracts, the Editorial Team will invite final contributions. Final submissions should not exceed 3,000 words, should be referenced in accordance with the Chicago Referencing Style, be in Word (.docx) or equivalent format, and are due no later than 01 June 2020. Final contributions will be subject to a full peer review process and the Editorial Team will make final editorial decisions. All abstracts and subsequent final submissions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the stated deadlines. **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Rights and Rightlessness in Contemporary Migration The Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, is hosting a conference on the theme of Rights and rightlessness in contemporary migration on May 14th and 15th 2020. The event will take place in NUI Galway and will bring together academics, practitioners, policymakers, and students working in the field of migration and asylum law and policy. Confirmed keynote speakers include Professor Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Itamar Mann (University of Haifa). The themes that will be discussed at the conference include, but are not limited to, rights and extraterritorial migration control, rights and rightlessness at sea, climate change and contemporary migration, migration and gender, rights at borders, forced displacement, conflict and exploitation, SDGs and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees. Further information on the conference and tickets are available at https://ichr-rightlessness-migration-conference.eventbrite.ie/, while the call for papers is available at https://bit.ly/379Hagl - deadline for submissions of paper proposals is February 29th, 2020. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 9 March 2020
"The right to health of Venezuelan irregular migrants and human rights law: The case of Colombia" Date: Wednesday 11 MarchTime: 1:00 - 2:00 pmVenue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Dr Stefano Angeleri is a postdoctoral researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights - School of Law, NUI Galway, and his research explores the relationships between human rights and sovereign powers in the area of migration and health at different levels of law (national, regional and international). Dr Angeleri has recently extended his research focus to the inter-American human rights system and to Latin American constitutionalism (under which social rights are largely justiciable and migration policies are overall less strict than in Europe). This seminar will overview how the Colombian legal system has responded to the health care needs of (a large number of) migrants fleeing from Venezuela,and whether compliance with international human rights law is achieved. The findings of this research constitute the background of a to-be-realised field-work on the complementary role of civil society and international actors in ensuring the health rights of Venezuelan irregular migrants in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Picture above: Paddy Dowling - The Independent/Care International All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
Brexit, Northern Ireland and Human Rights – the role of the Joint Committee on Human Rights with Emily Logan, first Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and first Ombudsman for Children (Ireland) jointly hosted with the Department of Sociology and Political Science, NUI Galway Date: March 4th Time: 1-2pm, Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Promoting Children’s Rights, nationally and internationallywith Emily Logan, former Ombudsman for Children (Ireland) Date: March 4th Time: 5-6pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 28 February 2020
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED Book Launch: Are you with me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement Please join us for an event to celebrate the launch of Are You With Me? Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement with author Mike Chinoy, in conversation with Professor Donncha O’Connell, School of Law, NUI Galway. Introduction and welcome, Professor Siobhán Mullally, Established Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. This book tells the remarkable story of the late Prof. Kevin Boyle, one of the world's great human rights lawyers, scholars and activists. Kevin Boyle was Professor of Human Rights Law at NUI Galway, where he was the founder of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Kevin devoted his life to fighting for human rights, equality and justice, in Northern Ireland and internationally, working with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and litigating before the European Court of Human Rights. Kevin guided Amnesty International’s campaign against apartheid in South Africa, and spearheaded efforts to defend Salman Rushdie as Director of Article 19, an international NGO dedicated to the fight for freedom of expression. He highlighted the abuses perpetrated by the British army and Northern Ireland police in a landmark case on behalf of seven Irish men who were interned without trial, beaten and tortured. Event is free but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/book-launch-tickets-97306282711 Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Lunchtime Seminar Command Responsibility after Bemba By Judge Mettraux Friday 28 February Seminar Room ICHR – 12 to 1 pm Prof. Guénaël Mettraux Prof. Dr. Guénaël Mettraux is a Judge of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. He is Presiding member of the European Union's Human Rights Review Panel. He appears as Defense counsel before international criminal jurisdictions. Over the past decade, he has represented several high-ranking military and civilian leaders accused of international crimes, including General Sefer Halilović (former Commander of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ljube Boškoski (former Minister of Interior of the Republic of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), General Ante Gotovina (General in the Croatian Army) and Assad Hassan Sabra (Special Tribunal for Lebanon – Rafik Hariri assassination). He also acts as a consultant before the International Criminal Court (including in the case Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (including in the case The Prosecutor v Mico Stanišić), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (for former Head of State, Khieu Samphan). Dr Mettraux is a Professor of Law at Dickinson Law School, PennState, a guest lecturer at SciencePo, Paris, and a guest lecturer at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He has published extensively in the field of international criminal law. His scholarly works include three books: "International Crimes and the ad hoc Tribunals (OUP, 2005), "Perspectives on the Nuremberg Trial" (OUP, 2008) and "The Law of Command Responsibility" (OUP, 2009), which was awarded the Lieber Prize from the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Board of Editors of the International Criminal Law Review.
Thursday, 20 February 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway, is pleased to offer one doctoral scholarship in the field of transitional justice, examining the role of truth commissions and their relationships with criminal trial processes. (Further details on the research project are set out below). The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr Anita Ferrara, with the support of a Graduate Research Committee. The scholarship is valued at a total of € 16,000 per year, (inclusive of fees and stipend). The scholarship is tenable for a maximum duration of four years, renewable each year subject to satisfactory progress and recommendation by the Graduate Research Committee. The scholarship is available to full time students commencing their doctoral studies in the Irish Centre for Human Rights in April 2020. A limited amount of teaching and related duties will be required of scholarship holders, in fulfilment of duties under the scholarship award. The scholarships are open to Irish, other EU, and international applicants. The deadline for application is 8 March 2020. No late applications will be accepted. Research project aims and objectives: The aim of this research is to investigate the evolution of the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between truth commissions and criminal prosecutions and look at their practical implications through the study of selected and relevant case studies. In the last decade, truth commissions (TRCs) have been increasingly implemented in combination with other transitional justice mechanisms, including domestic and international human rights trials. Despite the growing simultaneous use of TRCs and trials, their relationship remains an understudied field of inquiry. There is now an emerging body of literature analysing the interaction between truth commissions and trials at a national, regional and international level (Ferrara 2015; Bisset 2011; Sikkink 2011; Schabas 2003-2004-2017; Flory 2015 and Minow 2019). More studies are needed to investigate how the sequencing and functioning of these two transitional justice mechanisms can be strengthened, so that one process does not hamper the effectiveness of the other, in terms of the objectives pursued. Operational arrangements between these two mechanisms need to be further explored as well as potential areas of conflict including: Information-sharing, confidentiality, witness protection and right to a fair trial. While UN agencies and international NGOs have strongly argued in favour of complementarity, further investigation is needed to examine how the division of labour can be effectively carried out between the two mechanisms and to identify the implications of other factors, such as the legal context, sequencing and timing. The research will explore in further details some of the challenges arising from the cooperation between these two mechanisms such as: Evidence-sharing: to understand opportunities and limitations of an information-sharing between truth commissions and prosecutions, looking in particular at the existing case law; Analysis of the larger implications of the judicialization of TRCs for future TRCs. Analysing the tension between right to truth/right to justice How to apply: Please send a CV and a cover letter and supporting documentation to email@example.com , with email subject marked “PhD scholarship application.” If you have queries on the scholarships please contact Dr Anita Ferrara firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to the above, you must submit the following documents: 1. An outline of the proposed research methodology (how the applicant intends to carry out the proposed research), max 2 pages; 2 Two academic references: Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your referees to ensure that references are received before the closing date/time for this scholarship. 4. All academic transcripts. 5. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e., overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) 6. Fluency in Spanish (both oral and written) is highly desirable. All applicants will be notified of the final decision. Decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into about the decision. Applicants not awarded a scholarship may nevertheless be offered a place on the PhD programme. Recipients of the scholarship award are required to apply for external scholarship funding to the Irish Research Council or other funding bodies as directed by the PhD supervisor. If an external scholarship is awarded, the Irish Centre for Human Rights scholarship funding will cease from date of commencement of the external award.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
UN Committee Against Torture delivers landmark admissibility decision in case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has issued a landmark Admissibility Decision in the case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland. The CAT has found that it has full jurisdiction to decide Elizabeth Coppin’s complaint alleging that Ireland has failed to investigate or to ensure accountability or comprehensive redress for the abuse that she suffered in three of Ireland’s Catholic Church-run ‘Magdalene Laundries’ from 1964 to 1968. Ireland now has four months to respond to the substance of Mrs Coppin’s complaint. The CAT’s Admissibility Decision can be accessed here. Dr Maeve O’Rourke is a leading member of the legal team that filed the Individual Communication with the CAT in July 2018. She has advocated for many years before international and domestic human rights bodies regarding Ireland’s obligations to ensure accountability and comprehensive reparation, including truth-telling and guarantees of non-recurrence, in relation to the Magdalene Laundries and similar systematic institutional and gender-based abuses in Ireland. Dr O’Rourke co-directs the award-winning voluntary evidence-gathering and advocacy initiative in partnership with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. In December 2019 she convened a preliminary workshop at the Irish Centre for Human Rights examining the need and potential legislative basis for a national archive of historical care-related records. Read more about this initiative here. Several of the current projects in the ICHR’s LLM Human Rights Law Clinic focus on issues of access to information and truth-telling regarding Ireland’s legacy of social care-related abuse. Grounds of Mrs Coppin’s substantive complaint Elizabeth Coppin’s Individual Communication contends that Ireland has been on notice for decades that torture and ill-treatment occurred in Magdalene Laundries and that Mrs Coppin was so abused. The complaint draws attention to the State’s extensive involvement with the Magdalene Laundries between 1922 and 1996, and to Elizabeth Coppin’s vulnerability as a child who had been removed from her family in infancy and detained in an Industrial School, where she was subjected to vicious assault and prolonged neglect, prior to her transfer to a Magdalene Laundry aged 14. The complaint describes Elizabeth Coppin’s extreme suffering while she was involuntarily detained in three Magdalene Laundries and forced into constant, unpaid work in commercial laundry operations. Mrs Coppin states that in St Vincent’s Magdalene Laundry, Peacock Lane, she slept in a cell bolted from the outside with bars on the window. She states that throughout her detention she was denied any education and was ritually humiliated and denigrated, including through a prohibition on speaking, the imposition of a new name which was that of her tormentor from the Industrial School, and lack of access to adequate food, warmth and sanitation. Mrs Coppin recalls being subjected to punishments including solitary confinement, and states that for years she never knew if or when she would be released and feared that she would die in detention and be buried in a mass grave. Elizabeth Coppin’s Individual Communication alleges continuing violations of the following provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (UNCAT), which Ireland ratified in 2002: Article 12 of the Convention, alone and in conjunction with Article 16, on the basis that Ireland has never held a prompt and impartial investigation into the complaints of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment in the Magdalene Laundries. Mrs Coppin’s complaints to the police have not been investigated and Ireland has refused to establish the statutory investigation into systematic abuse in the Magdalene Laundries that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has been calling for since 2010. The only official investigation into the Magdalene Laundries was conducted by an Inter- Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen laundries, established in 2011. This Inter- Departmental Committee was not independent of the Government and had no mandate or powers to investigate allegations of human rights violations. Ireland’s official position is that there is no factual evidence to support allegations of systematic torture or ill treatment of a criminal nature in the Magdalene Laundries, and that in the absence of such evidence it does not propose to set up a specific Magdalene inquiry or investigation. Furthermore, despite the findings of the Inter-Departmental Committee, Ireland continues to insist that the Magdalene Laundries were institutions of a private nature and that the State has no liability in the matter. Article 13 of the Convention, alone and in conjunction with Article 16, on the basis that Ireland has failed to ensure that Mrs Coppin and other survivors of the Magdalene Laundries have the right to complain to and have their cases examined by the competent authorities. Her complaints to the police have not been investigated. The civil proceedings she brought against the religious orders in 1999 were dismissed on the grounds that the passage of time meant that the nuns would not receive a fair trial. No other mechanism of complaint or examination is available to her domestically. On the contrary, the State has forced her to sign waivers of her rights of action against the State and the relevant religious congregations in exchange for receiving ex gratia payments from the State. Article 14 of the Convention, alone and in conjunction with Article 16, on the basis that Ireland has failed to ensure that Mrs Coppin and other survivors of the Magdalene Laundries can obtain full redress for the violations suffered, including the means for as full rehabilitation as possible. In February 2013, the Taoiseach issued an official apology to women who had spent time in Magdalene Laundries, including Mrs Coppin, “for the hurt that was done to them, and for any stigma they suffered”. Following the apology, the State established a scheme to make financial awards and confer other benefits on survivors of the Magdalene Laundries on an ex gratia basis. Mrs Coppin accepted a financial award under the Scheme. However, the Scheme did not constitute full redress as described in the Committee’s General Comment No 3. The Scheme acknowledged no liability on the part of the religious congregations or the State and awards were contingent on waiver of all rights of action against the State. Moreover, Ireland has not honoured its representations to Mrs Coppin and to other survivors regarding several of the rehabilitative and restorative measures on offer under the Scheme. Article 16 of the Convention, on the basis that Ireland’s failures and the resulting impunity of the State and relevant religious congregations constitute an affirmation by Ireland, by act and by clear implication, of Mrs Coppin’s treatment in the Magdalene Laundries. Mrs Coppin complains that this deliberate affirmation debases and humiliates her in a manner so severe as to amount to at least degrading treatment. In effect, Mrs Coppin complains that she is experiencing a ‘continuing situation’ of dignity violations sufficient to violate Article 16, commencing with her treatment in the Magdalene Laundries and continuing on account of the State’s treatment of her since that time. Admissibility arguments and decision Arguing against the admissibility of the Individual Communication, Ireland maintained that the CAT lacked temporal jurisdiction over Elizabeth Coppin’s complaint because the complaint ‘raises issues that relate to a period prior to the entry into force of the Convention for the State party’. Ireland further argued that Elizabeth Coppin had failed to exhaust domestic remedies because she had not complained domestically about the State’s alleged failure to investigate or provide redress; rather, her complaints to the police in 1997 and 1998, and her attempted civil proceedings in 1999, were concerned with the substantive abuse in the Magdalene Laundries, and happened prior to Ireland’s ratification of the Convention. Ireland acknowledged that it had required Mrs Coppin to sign a waiver of her legal rights against the State and had therefore barred her from bringing civil proceedings, as a condition of receiving ex gratia payments from two prior schemes for survivors of Industrial Schools and Magdalene Laundries (in 2005 and 2014 respectively). However, Ireland argued, ‘the redress schemes operated on an entirely voluntary basis and she had an option to refuse the awards and bring proceedings before domestic courts.’ In its Admissibility Decision delivered on 20 January 2020, the CAT found Elizabeth Coppin’s Individual Communication to be admissible in full, for reasons including that: ‘The Committee can examine alleged violations of procedural obligations under the Convention that occurred before a State party’s ratification or accession to the Convention or recognition of the Committee’s competence through its declaration under article 22, and of other obligations that have similar legal effect under the Convention.’ (para 6.3) ‘A State party can violate article 14 of the Convention, which requires States parties to ensure that victims of torture obtain redress, through a failure to investigate, criminally prosecute, or to allow civil proceedings related to allegations of acts of torture.’ (para 6.4) Mrs Coppin’s Individual Communication alleges that Ireland has affirmed its violations of Articles 12, 13 and 14 UNCAT on many occasions since the entry into force of the Convention for the State party and its declaration under article 22. (para 6.5) ‘The waivers signed by the complainant as a condition of participation in two domestic ex gratia schemes cannot alleviate the State party of its obligation to investigate allegations of continuing violations of the Convention brought to its attention, including the procedural aspects of the right to justice and to the truth (general comment No. 3, paras 16-17), and they do not impair the complainant’s right to bring an otherwise admissible communication to the attention of this Committee.’ (para 6.7) Further information Elizabeth Coppin’s legal team comprises Wendy Lyon, Solicitor, Abbey Law, supported by Hogan Lovells International LLP; and barristers Michael Lynn SC, Colin Smith BL, Lewis Mooney BL, Dr Maeve O’Rourke (Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway & 33 Bedford Row, London) and Jennifer MacLeod BL (Brick Court Chambers, London). Elizabeth Coppin was invited to speak at the Oxford Union in May 2019 about her experiences in the Magdalene Laundries and her decades-long search for justice. The recording of Mrs Coppin’s speech is available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOAFgXcJkZ2xjH4u9_KbkkePU96qO5pdR Media interviews with Elizabeth Coppin and further coverage of her Individual Communication to the CAT include: Kitty Holland, ‘Magdalene survivor: ‘It feels like Ireland is abusing us again’ The Irish Times (17 February 2020) Kitty Holland, ‘Magdalene survivor’s UN case of key importance, lawyer says’ The Irish Times (17 February 2020) Kitty Holland, ‘Magdalene survivor takes case to UN torture committee’ The Irish Times (17 February 2020) Elizabeth Coppin, Newstalk Radio, The Pat Kenny Show (17 February 2020) Maeve O’Rourke, RTE News, Six One News (17 February 2020) Rónán Duffy, ‘The door to her cell was bolted’: Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’ Thejournal.ie (17 February 2020) Jess Casey, ‘Irish woman forbidden to speak during time at Cork Magdalene Laundry takes case to UN torture committee’ The Irish Examiner (17 February 2020) Allison Bray, ‘Survivor of Magdalene Laundries to have her case heard by UN torture probe’ The Irish Independent (18 February 2020) Elizabeth Coppin, BBC Radio, Outlook, ‘Confronting the Nun Who Despised Me’ (14 November 2018) Ed O’Loughlin, ’50 Years Later, a Victim of Ireland’s ‘Laundries’ Fights for Answers’ The New York Times (26 October 2018)
Friday, 7 February 2020
Statelessness, Rights and Deprivation of Citizenship: Case-studies from India and Myanmar Date: Thursday 13th of February 2020 Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Time: 4pm to 6pm Amal de Chickera is the co-founder and co-Director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI), which is the first and the only human rights NGO dedicated to working on statelessness at the global level. ISI is engaged in research, training and human rights advocacy in more than 50 countries worldwide, to highlight the issue of statelessness as a human rights concern. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 20 January 2020
Researchers in the Masters of Law programme at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway have launched a project entitled ‘Ask About Direct Provision’ where they will publish election candidates’ views on Direct Provision using a twitter page and the hashtag #AskAboutDP. Update: A website has also been created which provides information to the general public about Direct Provision and suggests questions to ask election candidates and their canvassers. The 'Ask About Direct Provision' website also records the responses received. This project is part of the new Human Rights Law Clinic in the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG, where students work in partnership with voluntary, community-based groups to achieve human rights-based social change. Stacy Wrenn, one of the group of LLM researchers who created the #AskAboutDP project, said: ‘Ask About Direct Provision is a project coordinated by a group of LLM student researchers in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. We are working in partnership with the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), to put a spotlight on the direct provision system for the 2020 General Election.’ She continued: ‘As the twentieth anniversary of this supposedly ‘temporary’ system looms over us, we feel it is more important than ever that election candidates are held to account on their promises. Housing and healthcare are rightly dominating election discussion at the moment. Appropriate housing and healthcare are hugely important for people who come to Ireland seeking international protection, as is their right under international and European law.’ The aims of this project are to: Encourage people to ask candidates about Direct Provision Make Direct Provision a key election issue Inform the public of candidates’ stances on Direct Provision Highlight some key human rights issues regarding Direct Provision To achieve this, the NUIG group is contacting candidates nationwide to establish their position on the direct provision system, and making their responses publicly available on our Twitter page [@AskAboutDP]. The researchers will not be endorsing any candidates or political parties. They will share candidates’ responses without redaction. The researchers will also be providing information on both the lived experiences of asylum seekers in Ireland and the human rights-related impacts of Direct Provision, giving the public access to existing reports on the system in an accessible manner. Read more: Sorcha Pollak, 'NUIG researchers call on election candidates to lay out direct provision plans' The Irish Times (27 January 2020)
Friday, 24 January 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights & The Fulbright Commission In Ireland Present Lunchtime Seminar Urban Space and Political Protests: Insights from the Middle EastDr. Jillian SchwedlerHunter College, CUNY Date: Friday, 7 February 2020 Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Time: 1pm – 2:30 Abstract Urban development can have a major impact on political protests, primarily in terms of visibility and the ability to be disruptive. Drawing on original research in Amman, Jordan, and elsewhere in the Middle East, this talk will examine the ways in which the built environment shape the possibilities for political protests and the kinds of political work that they do. About the Speaker Dr. Jillian Schwedler is Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Crown Center at Brandeis University. During the Spring 2020 semester, she will be Visiting Professor and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Global and International Studies at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Dr. Schwedler’s books include the award-winning Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen (Cambridge 2006) and (with Laleh Khalili) Policing and Prisons in the Middle East (Columbia 2010). Her articles have appeared in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Middle East Policy, Middle East Report, Middle East Critique, Journal of Democracy, and Social Movement Studies, among many others. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript titled Protesting Jordan: The Time and Space of Political Dissent. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights in conjunction with the International Law Association (Irish Branch) invite you to attend Lunchtime Seminar: Beyond Food as a Weapon of War: Conflict, Hunger and Strategic Violence in Crisis With Dr Caitriona Dowd, Dublin City University Date: Monday 17 February 2020 Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Time: 12 noon to 1pm Short Abstract Violent conflict is the single greatest driver of acute food crises. This study analyses records of food-related violence in Africa over the past 20 years to identify patterns in the leveraging of food and food systems in contemporary conflict. Preliminary findings indicate that this violence is i) both common and increasing over time; ii) disproportionately directed at civilians; and iii) perpetrated by a diverse, and increasingly fragmented, range of (often informal) armed actors. The preliminary findings suggest the value of exploring continuities between atrocities and more quotidian acts of political violence, and point to potential challenges and opportunities for the application of international law in fragmented conflict environments. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 3 February 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights has submitted a report to the UN Commitee against Torture to inform Its List of Issues Prior to Reporting for Ireland's next examination. Please click on the following to read the report - Report to the UN Committee Against Torture
Friday, 31 January 2020
Reflections on Practising Queer Legal Theory and ‘Is Black Marriage Queer?’ Professor Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Law and Culture, Columbia Law School Date: Tuesday, 11th February Time: 4pm -5.30pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights About the speaker: Kendall Thomas is the Nash Professor of Law and co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. His teaching and research interests include U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, legal philosophy, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and law and sexuality. His past appointments include visiting professor at Stanford Law School and visiting professor in American studies and Afro-American studies at Princeton University. Thomas has taught or lectured in France, the Netherlands, England, The Czech Republic, Germany, Haiti, and South Africa. His writings have appeared in several academic journals and volumes of collected essays. Thomas is a co-editor of Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Founded the Movement, The New Press, 1996, and What's Left of Theory?, Routledge Press, 2000. Thomas was an inaugural recipient of the Berlin Prize Fellowship of the American Academy in Berlin and a member of the Special Committee of the American Center in Paris. He is the past chair of the jurisprudence and law and humanities sections of the Association of American Law Schools. Thomas is a founding member of the Majority Action Caucus of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, Sex Panic! and the AIDS Prevention Action League. He is also the former member and vice chair of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis board of directors. ALL WELCOME! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
Lunchtime Seminar The Current Crisis in Nuclear Arms Control Law by Prof Dan Joyner, University of Alabama Wed 18 March 2020, Venue: ICHR seminar room Time: 1 to 2 pm There is a crisis in modern nuclear arms control law. With the demise of the 1987 INF and the uncertainty surrounding extension of the 2010 New START treaty, there is a real danger that, as of 6 February 2021, there will be no bilaterally agreed international legal limits on either the U.S. or Russia’s stockpiling and fielding of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. In this lecture, Professor Joyner will discuss and contextualize this crisis, consider its implications, and explain how the recently adopted Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons fits into it. Dan Joyner is the Elton B. Stephens Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. He writes primarily on international nuclear energy and nuclear weapons law. He has written three monographs: International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (OUP 2009), Interpreting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (OUP 2011), and Iran’s Nuclear Program: From Confrontation to Accord (OUP 2016). He is currently writing a fourth monograph entitled The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in its Context within Modern International Nuclear Weapons Law (OUP, anticipated 2021).
Friday, 10 January 2020
The Irish Centre for Human Rights and An Cumann Staire/History Society, NUI, Galway invite you to the Holocaust Memorial Event for 2020 Tomi Reichental A survivor of the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp, will discuss his experience of the Holocaust with Ben Barkow, former Director of London's Wiener Library - the world's oldest institution created for the documentation of the Holocaust. Wednesday 29 January, 2020 at 6 pm sharp Venue: Human Biology Building, NUI Galway (near the O'Donoghue Centre) Tomi Reichental was born in 1935 in Piestany Slovakia. In 1944 at age nine, he was captured by the Gestapo in Bratislava and deported to Bergen Belsen concentration camp with his mother, grandmother, brother, aunt and cousin. When he was liberated in April 1945, he discovered that 35 members of his extended family had been murdered. His grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins all died in the Holocaust. Recounting the sights and smells at the concentration camp Tomi said: “Typhoid and diphtheria were the biggest killers, but people were dying of starvation and cold in their hundreds. First the bodies were removed and burned, but later they were just piling up in front of our barracks, there were piles of decomposing bodies. The soldiers who liberated Belsen in April 1945 said they could smell the stench for two miles before they reached the camp. In the camp I could not play like a normal child, we didn’t laugh and we didn’t cry. If you stepped out of line, you could be beaten up even beaten to death. I saw it all with my own eyes.” Tomi Reichental has lived in Dublin since 1959. In 2004, for the first time in 60 years, he broke his silence and began to speak about his experiences during the Holocaust. Thousands of students in schools all over Ireland have heard his story, and an RTÉ documentary film called I Was a Boy in Belsen was based on Tomi’s life. The film was directed by the Emmy award winning producer Gerry Gregg and retraces the events that swept away the Jewish presence in Central Europe from the point of view of a boy who couldn’t understand why. To mark his 80th birthday on the 26 June 2015, the Board of Trustees of HETI (Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland) established a scholarship in Tomi Reichental’s name. It will be awarded annually in perpetuity to a deserving candidate to enable her or his participation in one of the Holocaust education programs. The scholarship is in recognition of Tomi Reichental’s immense contribution to Holocaust awareness and education over many years. Tomi has received many awards, most recently the Bar Councils Human Rights Award for 2019. The discussion at NUI Galway will be followed by a Q&A session. Ben Barkow recently retired from London's Wiener Library - the world's oldest institution created for the documentation of the Holocaust - where he had worked for 32 years, 20 of them as its Director. Today he is chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, which is creating Britain's national Holocaust memorial next to the houses of Parliament. He is also on the advisory board of the Imperial War Museum's planned new permanent Holocaust exhibition and is a trustee of a number of a number of Holocaust-related charities. He has written and edited several books and will this year publish with Granta a translation of two texts by the Library's founder:The Crisis of Antisemitism: Two Pamphlets by Alfred Wiener, 1919 & 1924. Admission is free but early arrival is advised. ALL WELCOME! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 20 January 2020
Seminar UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MINORITY ISSUES Professor Fernand de Varennes Adjunct Professor of Human Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway ‘MIGRATION, LANGUAGE AND HUMAN RIGHTS’ Tuesday 21 January 12-1pm Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights About the speaker Fernand de Varennes is Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (Ireland), and Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (China). He was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed his functions on 1 August 2017. Fernand de Varennes’ work and commitment focusses on the human rights of minorities, as well as the prevention of ethnic conflicts, the rights of migrants, the relationship between ethnicity, human rights and democracies, and the use of federalism and other forms of autonomy arrangements to balance competing cultural interests. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Watch the Philip Alston Public Lecture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfNoIdsipuw Public Lecture "What does Climate Change really have to do with Human Rights?" Jointly organised by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway, Ryan Institute, NUI, Galway and the Human Rights Committee, Bar of Ireland Thursday 19th December 2019 Venue: Atrium, Distillery Building, The Bar of Ireland, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7 Time: 12.30-2pm Chair: Hon. Mr Justice Frank Clarke, Chief Justice of Ireland CPD 1.5 points available Event is free but you must reserve your place on Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/climate-change-poverty-and-human-rights-by-philip-alston-un-sr-tickets-83586610803 BIO: Philip Alston was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights in June 2014, by the Human Rights Council. He is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and has previously taught at various law schools around the world, including the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Law School, Australian National University, and the European University Institute. Professor Alston has also served the United Nations in various capacities since the 1980s. He was the first Rapporteur of the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights from 1987 until 1990, and then chaired the Committee for eight years until the end of 1998. During this period, he played a central role in efforts to reform and streamline the U.N. treaty body system and, as an Independent Expert appointed by the U.N. Secretary-General, he reported to the General Assembly on measures to ensure the long-term effectiveness of the U.N. human rights treaty bodies (reports in 1989, 1993 and 1997). Between 2002 and 2007, he served as Special Adviser to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals, and between 2004 and 2010, as Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. He was also Unicef’s legal adviser throughout the process of drafting the Convention on the Rights of the Child. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 21 November 2019
Lunchtime Seminar ‘Safe Zones: An International Lawyer's Perspective’ Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Faculty of Law, Masaryk University Monday 25th November 2019 Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Time: 1-2pm About the seminar:As the numbers of displaced persons generated by the Syrian conflict rises, and the political will to accept refugees falls, it is unsurprising that Turkey is moving towards the establishment of a safe zone in Syria. This seminar will introduce the project ‘Safe Zones and International Law’, a two-year research project, which aims to provide the first comprehensive legal analysis of safe zones in international law. It will identify how and when safe zones can be legally established; their relationship with refugee, human rights, and international law; and how states’ legal obligations can be monitored and enforced in safe zones. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil, Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway Date: Tuesday, November 26thTime: 1pm-2pmVenue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights The triadic relationship between poetry, human rights and literary translation is at the heart of the research project Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry upon which this presentation is based. Cognisant that Percy Bysshe Shelley claimed that “poets were the unacknowledged legislators of the world”, this presentation will critically examine the relationship between poetry, human rights, and activism in an interconnected world. What is the role of the poet in times of great crises? To what extent, if at all, have Irish poets engaged critically with the concept of human rights itself? What is the relevance of the national paradigm in an era of global networks where information, capital, goods, and discourse transverse geographical and political borders? This presentation will also include a discussion of the opportunities inherent in, and the challenges posed by, interdisciplinary research of this type. Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil is a lecturer in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published extensively on twentieth-century Irish poetry and literary translation and is the author of Briathra, Béithe agus Banfhilí (2008), a monograph on the poetry of Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Eavan Boland. She is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal LÉANN and of a forthcoming special edition of the international journal Translation Studies titled Translation in Ireland: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Rióna was the principal Irish-language researcher on the AHRC-funded project, The Representation of Jews in Irish Literature. In 2018 she was awarded substantial research funding under the prestigious IRC Laureate Award scheme for her project Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry. She is also co-director of the interdisciplinary project Aistriú, funded by Galway 2020 as part its European Capital of Culture programme. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter:https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
A Briefing by Khaled Quzmar Director General. Defense for Children International (Palestine) Date: Monday 25th November Time: 5 – 6pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Khaled Quzmar did his Masters at the Human Rights Centre in NUIG, after which he went on to work as a defense lawyer, advocating for children facing Israeli military courts. He has gone on to undertake a variety of legal, research and managerial roles, working to defend and promote the human rights of Palestinian children who are living under a military occupation inflicted on them by Israel. Defense for Children International operates all over the world, and Khaled is the General Commissioner in eight sections in N. Africa and the Middle East. He is also Vice President and Advisor to the Pacific and Asian sections of the organisation. He will participate in the Global Child Forum, which promotes children’s rights primarily by focusing on the business sector, promoting evidence based best practice developed through research needs identified in regional forums. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Refugee and Migration Law Seminar Series ‘Seeking Sustainable Social Change through the use of the Law – More Rights for More Women’ Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI GalwayDate: Tuesday 26th November 2019Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm Gema Fernandez is a Managing Attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that uses the power of the law to promote social change that advances the human rights of women and girls, especially those facing multiple inequalities. At Women’s Link she has litigated cases before national, regional and international courts related to human trafficking, sexual and reproductive rights and discrimination against women. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 11 November 2019
Public event with the UN Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio Venue: The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, (16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7) Date: Friday, 29th November 2019 Time: 10.30 am to 1pm Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio was appointed as Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children by the UN Human Rights Council in May 2014, and her mandate was renewed in March 2017. She served as Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe between 2002 and 2012. Ms de Boer-Buquicchio spearheaded the adoption of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. She is the President of the European Federation for Missing and Exploited Children. The Rapporteur will discuss her recent country report on Ireland from March 2019, which assessed the situation regarding the sale and sexual exploitation of children and evaluated the national child protection system in Ireland. One area of concern highlighted was the human rights abuses arising from “historical precedents of illegal and irregular adoptions in Ireland that impact the situation today”. Following her presentation, there will be a roundtable of views presented by human rights advocates, including Dr Maeve O’Rourke (the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUIG), Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (School of History, NUIG), Mary Harney (LLM Candidate in International Human Rights Law / ReSister), Claire McGettrick (co-founder of Adoption Rights Alliance and JFM Research / IRC postgraduate scholar, UCD School of Sociology), and Patrick Corrigan (Head of Nations & Regions / NI Programme Director, Amnesty International UK). This event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/public-event-with-the-un-rapporteur-on-the-sale-and-sexual-exploitation-of-tickets-80438348265 All welcome!
Friday, 22 November 2019
Live Screening: Ireland’s examination by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human RightsWhen: Monday 2nd December, 2 – 6pm Tuesday 3rd December, 9am – 1pm On 2nd and 3rd December, the Irish Government will be examined before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva. Numerous civil society groups, including the Irish Centre for Human Rights, have made submissions to the Committee. The Irish Centre for Human Rights is organising a live screening of the examination. The screening will run from 3pm - 6pm on Monday, December 2nd, and 10am - 1pm on Tuesday, December 3rd. This event is free, open to all members of the public, and will have refreshments provided. Please register your attendance here. Attendees are welcome to join for all or part of the event, and to come and go throughout each day. The Shadow Report submitted by Irish Centre for Human Rights to the Committee highlighted (among other issues) the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees with disabilities, discrimination against Traveller communities, domestic violence and migrant status, the rights of mixed race survivors of ‘historical’ abuse in institutional settings, and climate justice. The full report can be found here: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CERD/Shared%20Documents/IRL/INT_CERD_NGO_IRL_38607_E.pdf All other reports to the Committee, by civil society, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and the Irish State are available here: https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/15/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1338&Lang=en Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/live-screening-irelands-examination-before-the-cerd-committee-tickets-82866111771 All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 15 November 2019
Lunchtime Seminar "From casework to advocacy: Facilitating access to justice as an NGO" by Fiona Hurley, Policy and Communications Manager at Nasc Date: Wednesday, November 20th Time: 1pm-2pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Nasc, the Irish word for ‘link’, empowers migrants to realise and fulfil their rights. Nasc works with migrants and refugees to advocate and lead for change within Ireland’s immigration and protection systems, to ensure fairness, access to justice and the protection of human rights. Nasc's goal is to realise the rights of all migrants and refugees within Irish society. Fiona Hurley is the Policy and Communications Manager at Nasc. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree (BCL), a Masters in Laws (LLM) from University College Cork and a diploma in Leadership and Management. She has a particular interest in social justice and the protection of human rights and joined the Nasc team in 2010. Fiona worked for nine years in the Legal Service and most recently held the position of Legal Service Manager for 3 years. She has extensive experience in immigration and protection law as well as providing capacity building and training to organisations on immigration law and its intersection with housing, social welfare, education and health entitlements. All welcome!
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Caroline Sweeney, ‘Justice for Syria: Is the International Criminal Court now a Realistic Option?’ Date: Monday 18th November 2019 Time: 1pm to 2pm Venue: Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Syria has been engulfed in a brutal armed conflict for over seven years. Numerous internal and external actors have directly participated in the hostilities, which have been characterised by a blatant disregard for the rules of international law. Despite attracting virulent condemnation, apart from a few prosecutions in European states, there has been widespread impunity for international crimes committed in Syria since 2011. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is arguably the most suitable forum for prosecuting alleged perpetrators. However, the Prosecutor has yet to even open an investigation due primarily to the inability to establish a precondition for the exercise of jurisdiction. This presentation examines if this situation is now likely to change in light of a number of recent and controversial decisions of the Court, namely: (i) Pre-Trial Chamber I’s ruling that the Court may exercise jurisdiction on a territorial basis over the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar, a non-state party to the ICC Statute, to Bangladesh, a state party, because an element or part of the alleged crime took place on the territory of a state party; and (ii) Pre-Trial Chamber II’s refusal to authorise an investigation proprio motu into the situation in Afghanistan since May 2003 on the grounds that it would not serve the interests of justice. All welcome!
Thursday, 10 October 2019
An Evening with Sally, Hayden, Award-winning freelance journalist and photographer focused on migration, conflict and humanitarian crises Venue: AM200, Arts Millennium Building, NUI GalwayDate: Tuesday 12 November 2019Time: 6.15pm Sally Hayden is an Irish journalist and photographer focused on migration, conflict, and humanitarian crises. She has reported across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, for outlets including VICE News, BBC, the Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN International, Al Jazeera, the Irish Times, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, RTE, ELLE, Magnum Photos, and many others. She was a first prize winner at the European Migration Media Awards in 2018, for her work on Syrian refugee returns, and won 'foreign correspondent of the year' at the Irish Journalism Awards, for reports from Syria, northeast Nigeria, and Sudan. She was also a finalist for the Amnesty International, One World Media, Frontline Club and Kurt Schork International Journalism Awards, and sat on Transparency International's International Anti-Corruption Award committee. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 7 November 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Karen Hoffman, Attorney at Law Aldea – The People’s Justice Centre ‘Representing immigrant detainees and separated migrant families in the USA’ Date: Friday 15th November 2019 Time: 1pm to 2pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Karen Hoffman is a Philadelphia based attorney, with Syrena Law, specialising in the rights of refugees, migrants, detainees, communities and nature. She works with Aldea-The People's Justice Center and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, representing detained and separated immigrant families in the USA, and communities engaged in disputes relating to rights to water, land, air. She has worked extensively NGOs and pro-bono lawyers, as a lawyer and previously as a freelance journalist, focusing on human rights and environmental justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has lived and worked in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil, covering indigenous struggles, threatened human rights defenders, and police militarisation, and the rights of migrants and refugees, in Greece and the U.S. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 31 October 2019
The Sexual Politics of Freedom May 22nd & 23rd 2020 Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway Keynote speakers: Prof Ratna Kapur (QMUL) and Prof Linda Martín Alcoff (CUNY) At stake in framing the theme of this conference in terms of ‘the sexual politics of freedom’ as opposed to ‘the politics of sexual freedom’ is to draw our attention to the ways in which the politics of freedom has always been implicated in sexual politics (Bhattacharyya 2008, Butler 2016, Kapur 2018). Such a sexual politics is rooted in the histories of colonialism, secularism, and progress and attuned to a temporality and geography of European "civilization" and liberalism (Mohanty 1988, Spivak 1993). Such a political logic has onto-epistemologically placed limits upon our capacities to imagine a politics of freedom. The hegemonic account of liberal feminism which pervades discourse on human rights, justice and equality, both within and outside the academy, has meant that much of our scholarship and theorising has taken place in the shadow of, and in response to this liberal rendering of feminist politics. Such a fact has meant, we have engaged in a logic of self-sabotage, preventing us from thinking critically about and articulating, on our own terms, new forms of feminist struggle for freedom (Phillips 2019). With this conference, we hope to explore and begin to address this problematique, refusing the questions posed of women who do not conform to the liberal ideal of "female" freedom, as to why they would "subject" themselves to a life within a so-called "patriarchal order." Such an experience is one many of us who research and write about the lives of women living in the non European ‘World’ encounter on a regular basis in explaining and analysing why freedom for these women need not align with gender- and identity-neutral onto-political presuppositions of liberal subjectivity and the hegemonic paradigm of human rights discourse (Alcoff 2006). At stake, still, is the problem of subalterneity, and the location of such women in the place of "disappearance," which Spivak (1988) describes as ‘the violent aporia between subject and object status.’ Taking our lead from the work of Saba Mahmood and Lila Abu-Lughod, we raise the question of the sexual politics of freedom from a non-Kantian conception of ethics as Idea (Colebrook 1998), exploring rather, the ethical lives and practices of women struggling for freedom. Such an approach, inspired by Mahmood (2005/12) and Foucault (1988, 1989) opens up a space for us to understand more clearly how practices – ethical, religious, social, and political – are concerned not simply with the regulation of life, but the constitution of an embodied form of agency and subjectivity which is particular to its own contexts and conceptions of freedom. What can a feminist politics of freedom that centres and begins with the experiences, lives and struggles of women look like (Narayan & Harding 2000)? What would our thinking and research become if the work of post-colonial feminists and the experiences (cf. Alcoff and Potter 1993) of non-European women were not an afterthought (Bhambra 2014), a footnote, a feature of the Undercommons (Moten and Harney 2013), a final lecture to be rushed through before exam preparation? At stake in short, is an invitation to scholars and activists motivated by any of the concerns and provocations raised here, to assemble, accompany one another, think together, and engage in critique concerning the sexual politics of freedom. The Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the National University of Ireland - Galway, invites potential participants from across the disciplinary spectrum to submit papers of 20 minutes duration. Topics and themes which presenters may like to explore in their papers include, but are not limited to the following: •Frames of recognition and apprehension •Feminist Epistemologies •Epistemic injustice •The myth of "neutral objectivity" •Re-thinking the basis of feminist solidarity •Ethics, gender and embodiment •Feminism in and outside of the "teaching machine" •Challenges for contemporary human rights practice •The politics of sexual time •Feminist practice beyond Eurocentrism •Sec(x)ularism and Islamophobia •Theorising subject formation •Refusing subjecthood •Differential allocations of grievability •Feminist conceptions of freedom •Feminist solidarity •Sex, gender and rights Please submit abstracts (approx. 250 words) to email@example.com by the 21st of February 2020. The abstracts should be submitted as a world/pdf attachment, and contain the authors name, institutional affiliation, and a summary of the proposed paper. For further information or queries contact conference organiser Hasret Çetinkaya (firstname.lastname@example.org) A registration fee for attendance and participation will apply for The Sexual Politics of Freedom Conference. For more details see: https://thesexualpoliticsoffreedom.blogspot.com/p/registration.html Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Dr. Caroline Sweeney, University of Limerick, ‘Justice for Syria: Is the International Criminal Court now a Realistic Option?’ Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway Date: Monday 18 November 2019 Syria has been engulfed in a brutal armed conflict for over seven years. Numerous internal and external actors have directly participated in the hostilities, which have been characterised by a blatant disregard for the rules of international law. Despite attracting virulent condemnation, apart from a few prosecutions in European states, there has been widespread impunity for international crimes committed in Syria since 2011. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is arguably the most suitable forum for prosecuting alleged perpetrators. However, the Prosecutor has yet to even open an investigation due primarily to the inability to establish a precondition for the exercise of jurisdiction. This presentation examines if this situation is now likely to change in light of a number of recent and controversial decisions of the Court, namely: (i) Pre-Trial Chamber I’s ruling that the Court may exercise jurisdiction on a territorial basis over the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar, a non-state party to the ICC Statute, to Bangladesh, a state party, because an element or part of the alleged crime took place on the territory of a state party; and (ii) Pre-Trial Chamber II’s refusal to authorise an investigation proprio motu into the situation in Afghanistan since May 2003 on the grounds that it would not serve the interests of justice. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Irish Research Council PhD scholarships Three Irish Research Council PhD scholarships have been awarded to Irish Centre for Human Rights incoming, and current PhD students: Keelin Barry (Reception conditions for asylum seekers with disabilities), Noemi Magugliani (Male victims of trafficking and access to protection) and Sahara Nankan (Hardiman PhD Scholar) (Gender, Water and Sanitation rights). (Pictured here, L to R, Professor Eilionóir Flynn, Professor Siobhán Mullally, Noemi Magugliani, Keelin Barry, Sahara Nankan and Clíona de Bhailís). Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 4 October 2019
REFUGEE AND MIGRATION LAW SEMINAR SERIES 'The Dream of a Borderless Africa: Migration, Free movement & African Union Law' Date: Thursday 10th October Time: 3-4pm Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway About the speaker: Dr Femi Amao is a Reader in Law at the Sussex Law School. He is the author of African Union Law: The Emergence of a Sui Generis Legal Order (Routledge, 2019) and Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the Law: Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2011). His research has appeared in leading law journals including, Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Journal of African Law, Journal of Business Ethics, Dublin University Law Journal, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Journal of International Economic Law. He runs a database for Nigerian law (www.nlii.org), and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He is the PI for the AHRC funded African Union Law Research project. (http://africanunionlaw.org/) Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 23 September 2019
The Irish Centre for Human Rights welcomed the inaugural BCL Law and Human Rights 1st years to the centre, with Programme Director Dr Maeve O’Rourke and ICHR Director, Prof Siobhán Mullally.
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Biography Owen Moriba Momoh KaiCombey, a Sierra Leonean, and a law graduate from the University of Liverpool, UK. He is a first year Hardiman Scholar, pursuing a Structured PhD at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law under the supervision of Dr Kathleen Cavanaugh. PhD Topic Owen’s current research topic is "Constitutionalism and the Question of the 'Colonial Deficit' in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Examination of Selected African States". His research seeks to investigate the challenges to the development of legal accountability and good governance systems in Africa, using a multidisciplinary approach, and engaging both doctrinal and empirical research methods. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 19 September 2019
The Human Rights Podcast On 18 September we published the pilot episode of The Human Rights Podcast, a new podcast from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. It is available now on Soundcloud and will shortly be available on Apple Podcast and Stitcher. The purpose of the podcast is to share the work, ideas and debates that go on here in the ICHR and more broadly in NUI Galway with a wider audience. We look forward to publishing interviews with some of the world-leading academics, policy-makers and practitioners who visit us during the year, and with members of our staff and student community. In our pilot episode of The Human Rights Podcast, we speak to Professor Donncha O'Connell about Ireland's progress towards a human rights-based approach to policing. Among the many topics we discuss are community policing, state security and access to justice. This episode is published on the first anniversary of the publication of the Report of the Commission on the Future of Policing, entitled 'The Future of Policing in Ireland'. You can access the Report here: www.policereform.ie/ See Professor Donncha O'Connell's bio here: www.nuigalway.ie/business-public-…donnchaoconnell/ With thanks to Tom Felle, Head of Journalism and Communications at NUI Galway, for the use of the journalism recording studio at NUI Galway. Producer: Noemi Magugliani
Friday, 13 September 2019
Ryan Institute & Irish Centre for Human Rights Climate Justice Lecture Series 2019 - 2020 CLIMATE JUSTICE: WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT? An Evening with Activists On the occasions of the UN Climate Summit & Global Climate Strike Date: Monday 23 September 2019Time: 6pmVenue: Aula Maxima (Ground Floor), Quadrangle, NUI, Galway Speakers will include: Niamh Garvey (Trocaire)Bulelani Mfaco (Movment of Asylum seekers in Ireland)Saoirse McHugh (Green Party)Sadhbh O’Neill (Climate Case Ireland & Stop Climate Chaos)Eddie Mitchell (Save Leitrim & Love Leitrim Campaigns) NUI Galway Students THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBIC! Learn more and register here (tiny.cc/climatejustice) All welcome! Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Award of NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship in European Studies to Niamh Keady-Tabbal. Congratulations to Niamh, incoming PhD student and Hardiman scholar on the award of this prestigious NUI 4 year Travelling studentship to support her doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Siobhán Mullally. Niamh’s PhD project examines refugee status determination procedures and access to international protection following the EU Turkey deal.
Monday, 26 August 2019
Dr Maeve O’Rourke featured in leading Italian daily newspaper, La Repubblica, in a presentation of 100 women, changing the world. The article highlights Dr O’Rourke’s human rights advocacy work calling for justice for survivors of Magdalene Laundries, and engaging with UN Committee Against Torture.
Monday, 26 August 2019
Dr Shane Darcy is presenting on his forthcoming book, To Serve the Enemy (Oxford University Press) at the Centre for International Law, University of Singapore, August 26 2019. The event is co-hosted with the International Law Association.
Friday, 21 June 2019
Video of the Public Lecture by Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor 24th Jun 2019 Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to speak at 20th Anniversary Summer School at NUI Galway Ms Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will deliver a public lecture during this year’s annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court taking place at NUI Galway from 24-28 June 2019. This special event marks the 20th anniversary of this world-renowned Summer School hosted each year by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University’s School of Law. Prosecutor Bensouda will deliver a public lecture at 6pm on Monday 24 June 2019 in the Human Biology Building at NUI Galway. The title of the lecture is “Whither a ruled-based global order and the import of international criminal justice”. This event of jointly hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and will be chaired by Supreme Court judge Peter Charleton. The International Criminal Court seated in the Hague is the world’s principal court for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression. The Prosecutor plays a pivotal role in investigating and prosecuting serious atrocities and has overseen investigations of alleged crimes in countries such as Libya, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and Georgia. This year’s ICC Summer School will comprise a series of lectures and seminars by leading practitioners and experts on international criminal law examining the law, policy, challenges and achievements of the International Criminal Court since its establishment. “We are exceptionally honoured to welcome Prosecutor Bensouda to NUI Galway and to the 20th anniversary Summer School”, said Dr. Shane Darcy, Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. “We look forward to gaining her insights on the Court’s role in a rule-based global order and on the challenges currently facing international criminal justice”. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Biography Niamh Keady-Tabbal will begin her doctoral research in September 2019 as a Hardiman Scholar under the supervision of Prof Siobhan Mullally. Her research explores how the EU-Turkey Agreement has shaped asylum policy and practice on the Aegean Islands in Greece. It focuses on the exclusionary role played by ‘vulnerability’ assessments by exploring the impact intersecting discourse on humanitarianism and border security have had on access to asylum seeking. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and French, Niamh worked with a range of NGOs supporting refugees and asylum seekers in camps across Greece. She is currently completing an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Biography Parisa Zangeneh is a lawyer and is currently a consultant at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide. She has completed internships in Chambers at the International Criminal Court, the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. PhD Topic The present legal framework of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) depends on the participation of states for it to function, and it also seeks to place the primary responsibility for prosecutions of international crimes on states, which is also known as the principle of complementarity. However, the Rome Statute, the foundational document of the ICC, does not contain a definition of what constitutes a “state”. In the future, states will inevitably dissolve and re-form themselves, and the ICC will not be able to engage with all actors that are not clearly recognized as states. Also, indigenous groups, which may need to request the ICC’s assistance, do not clearly fall under the presumption of statehood upon which the ICC is based. This research seeks to fill the gaps in our knowledge regarding why and how the ICC has been designed to interact only with states and not with the multitude of actors that may need its assistance. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Appointment of UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Dr Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, as Adjunct Professor of Human Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, as an Adjunct Professor of Human Rights. This appointment further strengthens the Irish Centre’s engagement with and support for the UN Special Procedures and multilateral system for the protection of human rights. Dr Giammarinaro’s extensive experience at EU, OSCE and UN levels, promoting a human-rights based approach to trafficking in persons, will be of great benefit to our students working in the fields of international migration, refugee protection, peace operations and human rights law, in particular. Commenting on her appointment, Dr Giammarinaro said: “As UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, I’m aware that the protection of the human rights of its victims requires sustained and joint efforts involving institutions, civil society, media and academia. Trafficking implies severe exploitation, often amounting to slavery and forced labour, and frequently targeting migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, members of minorities, displaced persons, and people fleeing conflict, persecution and discrimination including gender-related discrimination. In many countries governments’ measures to counteract human trafficking have had negative impacts on trafficked persons’ rights. I’m proud and grateful for my appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. This connection gives me the opportunity to share my experience as Special Rapporteur, especially with a view to identifying the need for further reform of international standards, and their implementation. It will also provide an opportunity for exchanges of ideas and discussion on new strategies to combat this serious human rights violation, and to promote the social inclusion of trafficked and exploited persons as the ultimate goal of any legislation and policy.” Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro has served as a Judge in Italy since 1991. She previously served as a Pre-Trial Judge at the Criminal Court of Rome, and currently serves as a Judge in the Civil Court of Rome. From March 2010 to February 2014 she was the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe). In this position she hosted the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons, a platform for consultation and cooperation including UN Agencies, International Organizations and NGOs. She served from 2006 until 2009 in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security in Brussels, where she was responsible for combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. In this capacity, she led the drafting of the EU Directive on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.
Thursday, 30 May 2019
New England School of Law Summer Program Every year since 2001, the Irish Centre for Human Rights has hosted a summer programme in international human rights offered by a consortium of universities in the United States and led by the New England School of Law, Boston. As well as providing a venue for the programme, several members of the Centre’s faculty also deliver courses for the programme that are credited towards American Bar Association approved law degrees. Approximately 25 students from United States law schools attended the programme in 2019. The photo shows Prof Ray Murphy with a number students taking the 2019 summer programme at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 10 May 2019
'2019 Annual PhD symposium, Irish Centre for Human Rights and guests’ Here is a picture of our annual PhD symposium that took place in the Irish Centre for Human Rights on the 29th of April to Friday 3rd April 2019 The names of the external visitors in attendance was Professor Ratna Kapur (QMW / Harvard / Symbiosis, Pune); Professor Noam Lubell (University of Essex); Dr Lars Waldorf (University of Dundee).
Friday, 26 April 2019
"Education, the Rights of Linguistic Minorities, and the Irish Language: An International Human Rights Perspective". UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Professor Fernand de Varennes Friday May 3rd, 1.30pm – 3.30pm (Lecture Theatre, Roinn na Gaeilge, NUI Galway Panel discussion: Ronán Ó Domhnaill, An Coimisinéir Teanga |Language Commissioner Prof Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Roinn na Gaeilge | Dept of Irish, NUI Galway Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil, Roinn na Gaeilge | Dept of Irish, NUI Galway ALL WELCOME! Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 12 April 2019
If you missed the Annual Distinguished Lecture that took place on the Thursday 11th April 2019 in the Aula, you can now see it on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pgdxNoxXlc Pictured: Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Professor Siobhán Mullally Annual Distinguished Lecture Distinguished Lecture ‘Gendering Counter-Terrorism’ Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism Chair: Hon Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, Supreme Court of Ireland Co-hosted with the International Law Association (Irish Branch) April 11th 5pm to 6.30pm, Aula Maxima, NUI Galway CPD 1.5 points available Places are limited. Please register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/distinguished-lecture-gendering-counter-terrorism-by-fionnuala-ni-aolain-tickets-59319862305?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete Biography Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin was appointed to the position of UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, in August 2017. She is a University Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota; holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; and faculty director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is concurrently a Professor of Law at Queens University Belfast. Professor Ní Aoláin’s publications include: Law in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press); On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process (Oxford University Press, 2011); Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative and Policy Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict (2017). Ms. Ní Aoláin was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2011, she was appointed as consultant jointly by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UN WOMEN to prepare a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence. In 2015, she was appointed by the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims to lead an Expert Review on Reparations to victims in the Court’s first case. In 2000, she was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission and served until 2005. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR Date: Monday 8th April 2019 Time: 1-2 pm Location: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights. Dan Sheeran - The challenges of Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Daniel Sheeran is an LLM graduate from the Human Rights Centre. He currently works for the UN Peacekeeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) within the Mission's Joint Operations Centre. Daniel has also worked for the UN in the Central African Republic, Nigeria and most recently in Colombia. He is a former Officer in the Irish Army having served as a peacekeeper in Liberia, Chad and Lebanon. Daniel will discuss the challenges of Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping, especially in a time of profound cultural and budgetary change with UN peacekeeping. The focus of his talk will be on the UN Peacekeeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO). *** All Welcome Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 29 March 2019
Invitation: Open Day 2019 Date: Tuesday 9 April 2019 Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Irish Centre for Human Rights, Earl’s Island, NUI Galway On Tuesday 9 April 2019 the Irish Centre for Human Rights will host an Open Day at NUI Galway. If you are interested in visiting the Centre and hearing about the LLM programmes we offer at the Centre, please call in for a coffee, meet our staff and students, and learn more about our teaching, research and advocacy activities. The Irish Centre for Human Rights is currently accepting applications for the following programmes: LLM in International Human Rights Law LLM in International Criminal Law LLM in Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law & Conflict LLM in Migration and Refugee Law & Policy Full details on our programmes are available here: https://www.nuigalway.ie/irish-centre-human-rights/academics/llmprogrammes/ If you are not able to make it in person, feel free to contact us by phone 091-493948, e-mail or on social media. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Distinguished Lecture ‘Gendering Counter-Terrorism’ Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism Chair: Hon Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, Supreme Court of Ireland Co-hosted with the International Law Association (Irish Branch) April 11th 5pm to 6.30pm, Aula Maxima, NUI Galway CPD 1.5 points available Places are limited. Please register in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/distinguished-lecture-gendering-counter-terrorism-by-fionnuala-ni-aolain-tickets-59319862305?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete Biography Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin was appointed to the position of UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, in August 2017. She is a University Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota; holder of the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; and faculty director of the Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is concurrently a Professor of Law at Queens University Belfast. Professor Ní Aoláin’s publications include: Law in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press); On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process (Oxford University Press, 2011); Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative and Policy Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict (2017). Ms. Ní Aoláin was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2011, she was appointed as consultant jointly by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UN WOMEN to prepare a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence. In 2015, she was appointed by the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims to lead an Expert Review on Reparations to victims in the Court’s first case. In 2000, she was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission and served until 2005. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
Thursday, 4 April 2019
Dr Maeve O’Rourke appointed to Lectureship in Human Rights Law Dr Maeve O’Rourke has taken up a new position as Lecturer in Human Rights Law, and Programme Director of the Bachelor of Law and Human Rights degree programme. Dr O’Rourke will also lead the development of a new International Human Rights Law clinic and clinical training on our LLM programmes. Dr O’Rourke said: “It is a privilege for me to join this internationally renowned centre of academic excellence and commitment to justice. I’m eager to learn from colleagues and to work with them and our students to strengthen understanding and protection of human rights in Ireland and around the world. I am particularly looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of BCL Law & Human Rights students this September, and to establishing a Human Rights Law Clinic here at the Centre.” Welcoming Dr O’Rourke’s appointment, Professor Siobhán Mullally, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Maeve O’Rourke to the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law here at NUI Galway. Dr O’Rourke is a renowned advocate and teacher, and the recipient of many honours and awards for her outstanding contribution to human rights research and practice. We are particularly excited to be launching the new undergraduate BCL Law and Human Rights programme, under Dr O’Rourke’s leadership, and to the development of the Human Rights Law clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Dr O’Rourke’s appointment continues to build on our commitment to teaching and advocacy in the field of human rights, and to world-class research that contributes to law and policy reform.” Dr O’Rourke’s research interests lie primarily in the development of the rule against torture and ill-treatment in international human rights law, human rights protections for older people, access to justice and redress for systemic and so-called ‘historical’ human rights abuses, and human rights research and advocacy methods. She was awarded her PhD (entitled ‘Older People, Dignity and Human Rights: Towards the Development of the Rule against Torture and Ill-treatment in International Human Rights Law’) in 2018 from Birmingham Law School where she was supervised by Professor Fiona de Londras and Professor Rosie Harding. From October 2017 to January 2019, Dr O’Rourke held the position of Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Maeve is a barrister at 33 Bedford Row, London, and she is registered as an Attorney at Law in New York State. She has previously practised family law, and between 2013 and 2014 she worked with Leigh Day solicitors representing 15,000 claimants from Bodo, Rivers State, Nigeria in their claim against Shell Petroleum Development Company in the Technology and Construction Division of the English High Court. Since 2010 Dr O’Rourke has provided pro bono assistance to the voluntary advocacy groups, ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ and ‘Adoption Rights Alliance’, and she is currently a member of the research group, ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research’ (www.jfmresearch.com). She is co-director of the evidence-gathering initiative with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’ (www.clannproject.org). Maeve’s legal research and public advocacy concerning Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries and the forced separation of unmarried families in Ireland during the 20th century has received international and national recognition; awards include UK Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2013), Ireland Fund of Great Britain ‘Forgotten Irish’ Award (2013), University College Dublin Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award in Law (2014), Ireland/United States Alumni Association Inaugural Emerging Leader Award (2015), Lord Mayor of Dublin Award (2016), and PILnet Local Pro Bono Impact Award (2018). Dr O’Rourke has previously worked as a Consultant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Nils Melzer; Harvard Law School Global Human Rights Fellow at Equality Now; and researcher at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, the University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center and Just for Kids Law (UK).
Thursday, 21 February 2019
Annual Galway Business and Human Rights Symposium “Non-Financial Reporting: Implications for business and human rights in Ireland” A symposium organised by the Irish Centre for Human Rights Tuesday 2 April 2019 11am - 3pm, Room THB G011, Hardiman Building National University of Ireland Galway * * Registration closes on 28 March 2019 * * The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway will host a half-day symposium on Tuesday 2 April 2019 exploring the growing role of non-financial reporting in the context of international and national efforts aimed at advancing business respect for human rights. This event will explore recent international developments in this area and consider the implications in an Irish context of the EU laws requiring non-financial and diversity disclosures by certain business enterprises. The symposium will bring together a number of legal and policy experts, as well as practitioners. Register at www.conference.ie Registration rates (including a light lunch): · Professionals (3 CPD points available): €50 · University/civil society/unwaged: No charge
Monday, 25 March 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Series Human Rights and Development: Preventing Crimes Against Humanity in Myanmar Dr. Daniel Aguirre Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton London Wednesday 27 March, 1-2pm Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights The world was shocked by the crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar. The country's transition to 'open for business' had been promoted as the regional good news story. Yet human rights activists had were not surprised and had adopted a more 'gloomy' outlook: the transition was incomplete, basic human rights laws and protection mechanisms were not in place and violations continued with impunity. Legal and institutional reform were inadequate and into this regulatory gap flowed billions of dollars in investment. Despite the Rule of Law being put forward in the Sustainable Development Agenda, the international community insisted on legal protections for investor's interests while pursuing a policy of soft 'engagement' on human rights. The results showed that a failure to reform institutions, law and accountability mechanisms in transition results in a breakdown of the rule of law, and fosters a culture of impunity, emboldening human rights violators. This sets the stage for crimes against humanity. More must be done to prevent international crimes by ensuring that the rule of law and human rights are central to development. Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Friday, 22 March 2019
The Irish Centre for Human Rights launched the on Thursday, 28 February, 2019. Ms Gráinne O'Hara, Head of the Department of International Protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, gave the keynote address reflecting on her experience of working with refugees in Mexico, the former Yugoslavia, Burundi, Sudan (Darfur), the US, Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Ms O’Hara also spoke to the need for highly qualified postgraduates in the area of migration and forced displacement, both at the policy level and in the field: “At a time when human mobility, and forced displacement in particular, is to the forefront of so many highly charged political discussions, the value of academic discipline on the distinct but related issues of migration and refugee flight comes into its own. The LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy on offer from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI is a case in point. A clear understanding of the relevant legal frameworks, coupled with evidence-based analysis on field realities, is critical to good policy making.” The LL.M in International Migration and Refugee Law will commence in September, 2019 and is the only course of its kind on offer in an Irish university. The Irish Centre for Human Rights, as one of the world’s premier university-based institutions for the study and promotion of human rights, is uniquely placed to deliver this course. The programme enables the development of expertise in international, regional and domestic law, policy and practice in the areas of migration, human trafficking and refugee law. There is the opportunity to combine the study of international migration with specialised courses in international humanitarian law and peace operations, gender and law, child rights, and international criminal law.The core-teaching programme is supplemented with an exciting programme of guest seminars, workshops and conferences engaging with leading experts and practitioners in the field of refugee protection, human trafficking, international migration, human rights law and public policy.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR ‘Good Relations: A Rights-Based Approach to Kinship Care in Liverpool’ By Dr. Aoife Daly Date: 29th March 2019 Time: 1pm -2pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Kinship carers – family or friends who take on the care of children who cannot be cared for by parents – are the unsung heroes of the child care system in England and Wales. They are usually grandparents, frequently have health problems, and often live in poverty. They step in to care for children at a time of crisis. Yet they are primarily left by the state without financial or other support to provide this particularly vulnerable group of kinship children with what they need. Relevant rules are complex and unclear, and kinship carers are often unaware of their legal position. This seminar outlines how a project in Liverpool aimed to frame kinship care as a rights issue, using the framework of rights and law to progress understanding amongst authorities of the experiences and needs of kinship families, and to assist them in accessing assistance and entitlements. Professionals working with kinship families were asked their views on and experiences of kinship care as a rights issue. It is concluded that their views on rights are complex and often subtle, with varied understandings as to the meaning of rights and various degrees of ambivalence as to their legitimacy. This is considered in light of Klug’s framework of human rights as part law, part philosophy, and part political movement. It is finally concluded that human rights should be presented to professionals as both a journey and an end point towards and for better practice and outcomes. Dr Aoife Daly is Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Liverpool. She is also Deputy Director of the European Children’s Rights Unit which seeks to progress children’s rights through research. She recently published Children, Autonomy and the Courts: Beyond the Right to be Heard with Brill Nijhoff (2018). Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
“We tortured some folks”: The Legacy of US torture Dr Michelle Farrell Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool Irish Centre for Human Rights, Seminar Room Wednesday 20 March 2019, 1-2pm Co-hosted with the Whitaker Institute Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Cluster How do governments talk about torture - whether to deny having tortured, to justify a practice of torture, or to admit to a history of torture – without sounding tyrannical? In 2014, then President Barack Obama admitted to a history of torture. He did not use rhetorical techniques of denial, justification and qualification, the kind of techniques so commonly employed by governments in handling allegations of torture; indeed, techniques that were deployed as a matter of course during the Bush administration. “We tortured some folk”, said Obama, earnestly, candidly, and calm as you like. There was no effort to euphemise, no use of the passive voice, no shifting of blame on to any particular person, agency, or a few bad apples. Obama used these four little words in August 2014, at a White House press conference, in pre-emption of the publication of the damning Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture. The sentence is undoubtedly jarring. He admits to the commission of an international crime. He describes the victims, quite colloquially, in friendly terms, as 'folks'. He says 'we' did it. In this paper, I will examine this admission with a view to critiquing the US attitude to, and handling of, its post 11 September policy of torture. I will also use Obama’s words as a vehicle to explore the practice of torture beyond the strictures of the human rights and accountability frameworks, that dominate the discussion. In fact, I will use Obama's words to try to enrich our understanding of the act or practice of torture. These words can be interpreted to disclose, I argue, first, torture in all of its liberal democratic glory, second, torture as part of a civilising mission and, finally, torture as a sacrificial practice revealing a political theology of torture.
Monday, 11 March 2019
Lunchtime Seminar Series Human Rights & Exonerations: Is Innocence Enough? By Dr. Brian Farrell Lecturer in Law & Human Rights, University of Iowa College of Law and President of the Innocence Project of Iowa. Friday 15 March, 1-2pm Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights In many domestic legal systems, procedural barriers can preclude a wrongfully convicted person from being exonerated despite the existence of evidence of innocence. In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court joined a small minority of US jurisdictions in recognizing a freestanding claim of “actual innocence” (in a case in which Dr. Farrell was involved as an amicus curiae). Building on recent scholarship identifying an emerging international consensus on the right to claim innocence, this presentation will examine whether procedural barriers can be reconciled with human rights law, or if the incarceration of a factually innocent person is inherently contrary to international human rights norms.
Thursday, 28 February 2019
Lunchtime seminar “Unpacking the Use of Amnesties in Conflict and Peace” by Professor Louise Mallinder, Queen’s University Belfast Date: 11th March 2019 Time: 1-2pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Prof Mallinder will present the findings of her new Amnesties, Conflict, and Peace Agreement (ACPA) dataset, which has been developed as part as part of the Political Settlements Research Project. The dataset contains large-scale comparative data on trends in state practice on conflict and peace-related amnesties. Using this data, she will explore when and how amnesties are used during conflict and transitions towards peace. In particular, she will examine how the context in which amnesties are adopted can shape decisions on whether to limit the material or personal scope of amnesties or to attach conditions to the grant of amnesty; or on their range of legal effects. She will argue that these aspects of amnesty design can have significant implications for the extent to which amnesty can contribute to inclusive political settlements or conversely to excluding some individuals or groups from the post-conflict political contract. All welcome! **** Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 25 February 2019
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR "From Administration to Law and Rights? Asylum Seekers & Direct Provision" by By Dr Liam Thornton, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin Date: 27th February 2019 Time: 1pm -2pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Bio Dr Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law the School of Law, UCD, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on a range of subjects including refugee protection, human rights law and social inclusion. Liam has a strong interest in social justice and law, and researches in areas relating to immigration law, social security law, European law and human rights law. He has published widely in these fields, and has also carried out tendered research for the Law Society of Ireland, the Irish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Odysseus Network/European Commission, as well as pro-bono research for legal practitioners and leading national non-governmental organisations. Prior to taking up his position in UCD, Liam was Research and Policy Officer in the Irish Human Rights Commission (2008-9) and a lecturer in law in University of Ulster (2009-2012).
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Fernand de Varennes, UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, as an Adjunct Professor of Human Rights Law. Professor de Varennes was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues by the UN Human Rights Council and assumed his functions on 1 August 2017. Fernand de Varennes’ work and commitment focusses on the human rights of minorities, as well as the prevention of ethnic conflicts, the rights of migrants, the relationship between ethnicity, human rights and democracies, and the use of federalism and other forms of autonomy arrangements. As part of his UN mandate, he recently completed a country visits to Spain and has continued to focus on the international law questions relating to statelessness and citizenship rights of minorities. Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor Siobhán Mullally welcomed Professor de Varennes’ appointment: “The Centre has a long tradition of research, teaching and advocacy on the rights of minorities. Professor de Varennes’ appointment builds on this tradition, giving students and staff the opportunity to work with and to learn from one of the world’s leading experts on this subject. Through this new collaboration, we will further expand the opportunities for our students to gain hands-on, ‘real world’ experience of international human rights law practice. The UN Special Rapporteur’s focus on Language Rights is of particular significance in Ireland, and to the work of the Language Commissioner, located in Spiddal, Co. Galway. The Special Rapporteur’s work on statelessness, as a global phenomenon affecting migrant communities, will be of great interest to students on our new LLM programme in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy.” Commenting on his new appointment to the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor de Varennes said: “The international human rights system is a bulwark against injustice and instability. I'm looking forward to working with the staff and students at the Irish Centre for Human Rights to better understand and help strengthen, in Europe and elsewhere, this essential dimension of the global community in which we now live." Professor de Varennes will speak at a series of events at NUI Galway, April 29-May 1st, including a joint event on Language Rights, with An Comisinéir Teanga (the Language Commissioner), and a seminar on Minority Rights and Ethnic Conflict. For further information, please contact the Irish Centre for Human Rights, email@example.com Information on the work of the Un Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues is available at: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Minorities/SRMinorities/Pages/SRminorityissuesIndex.aspx
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Invitation to the Launch of the new LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law and Policy Thursday February 28th at 6pm, Staff Club, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway Guest speakers: Gráinne O’Hara, Director of International Protection, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Respondent: Hilkka Becker, (Solicitor) Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal (Ireland)
Friday, 15 February 2019
The Irish Centre for Human Rights is delighted to have been awarded a four year contract to work with the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, in the EU wide collaborative research network - FRANET. FRANET is a mulitidisciplinary research network of leading experts on EU fundamental rights law and policy. The network supports the work of the Fundamental Rights Agency through expert research and data analysis on fundamental rights across the European Union. Commenting on the award of the project, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor Siobhán Mullally, stated: “At this critical time in the protection of fundamental rights in the European Union, the work of collaborative networks such as FRANET is more critical than ever. Through in depth analysis of legislative and policy developments, and data analysis, we can support the work of the Fundamental Rights Agency in providing expert advice to the institutions of the EU and the Member States, helping to ensure that the fundamental rights of people living in the EU are effectively protected. We are delighted to join with academic and civil society partners across the EU and neighbouring states, to continue our work on supporting fundamental rights in the European Union.”Further information on the work of the Fundamental Rights Agency is available at: For more information or queries, contact Professor Siobhán MullallyEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +353-(0)91 493 948 Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Monday, 4 February 2019
LUNCHTIME SEMINAR ‘Truth Commissions and Transitional Justice in Africa: Fulfilling the Promise of Never Again in The Gambia' BY DR. YASSIN BRUNGER Date: 08th February 2019 Time: 1pm -2pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Dr Brunger is Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. She joined Queens University, School of Law in July 2016, having previously taught at the University of Leicester, University College Dublin and the University of Ulster. Dr Brunger’s primary research and supervision interests are the fields of international criminal law, sexual and gender-based violence, international and comparative criminal evidence, feminist perspectives and transitional justice. Dr Brunger’s work is inherently socio-legal and examines the law in the context of broader conflict and post-conflict dynamics from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. Dr Brunger is currently completing her book on the relationship between the International Criminal Court and UN Security Council (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2019) which explores the critical intersections between global politics and international criminal justice. Her research has been used to impact and inform policy and practice in the areas of human rights and international criminal justice. Her co-authored paper ‘Witness Preparation in the ICC: An Opportunity for Principled Pragmatism’ was shortlisted for the SLSA Article Prize (2016) and been cited by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé. Dr Brunger’s Policy Brief for the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (South Africa) examining “Investigations and Prosecutions of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence by the International Criminal Court” has been widely used to inform the practice of a range of international organizations and NGOs responding to SGBV in conflict and post-conflict countries.
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Summer School on the International Criminal Court 24 - 28 June 2019 National University of Ireland Galway * * 20th Anniversary Guest Lecture * Fatou Bensouda Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce that Ms. Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, will deliver a special guest lecture at the annual International Criminal Court Summer School which takes place in Galway from 24-28 June 2019. This is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court and comprises a series of intensive lectures and events over five days. The sessions are lead by academic experts as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law and policy. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the ICC Summer School at NUI Galway. Prosecutor Bensouda will deliver her guest lecture on the evening of Monday 24 June 2019 during the Summer School. This lecture is kindly co-hosted by the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The closing date for registrations is 1 June 2019. A special early-bird discounted registration rate of €400 is available until 10 April 2019. In addition, delegates can opt for a one-day registration for Monday 24 June 2019 for €100, which includes the Prosecutor’s guest lecture (5 CPD points available). For the programme and registration for this year’s Summer School go to: https://nuiggalwayccmichr.clr.events/event/127999#registration Please also follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Any queries can be sent to email@example.com
Monday, 14 January 2019
Prof. William Schabas, “Genocide, the Holocaust, and the Lie of Racial Superiority”, Holocaust Memorial Lecture, Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway. 23 January 2019, 7.00pm to 8.30 pmRoom: MRA201 The Ryan Institute Lecture TheatreBuilding: 072 Ryan Institute Annexe, NUI Galway Prof. William A. Schabas, Emeritus Professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law will deliver a Holocaust Memorial Lecture on the role that ideas of racial superiority played in the Holocaust. He will discuss international efforts, including those of international law, to condemn notions of racial superiority, linking this to the Holocaust, but also to colonialism and the slave trade. He will talk briefly about his own family's experiences with Nazi racism and genocide. The event will be introduced by Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights and chaired by Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy President, NUI Galway. Professor Schabas is emeritus professor of human rights law at NUI Galway and honorary chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, professor of international law at Middlesex University and at Leiden University, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is invited visiting scholar at the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Politiques), honorary professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, visiting fellow of Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, visiting fellow of Northumbria University, and professeur associé at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Prof. Schabas is a 'door tenant' at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London. Prof. Schabas has published extensively in the field of international human rights and criminal law. His most recent book is The Trial of the Kaiser, published by Oxford University Press.
Thursday, 8 November 2018
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Thursday, 1 November 2018
The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the School of Law hosted a panel discussion with Dr Mary Robinson on the ‘The Necessity of Advocacy’ at NUI Galway on Wednesday, 24 October. A recording of the event can be watched below or on YouTube. Opening remarks are provided by Professor Siobhán Mullally and the event was chaired by Judge Tony O’Connor of the High Court. Guest panellists include: Dr Gearóid O’Cuinn and Gerry Liston of the Global Legal Action Network; Dr Maeve O’Rourke, Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Justice for Magdalenes; Professor Donncha O’Connell, NUI Galway and the Law Reform Commission; and Professor Niamh Reilly, NUI Galway. A podcast of the event is available below: A photo gallery is now up on our Flickrpage:
Thursday, 18 October 2018
Lunchtime Seminar “The Israeli Military Court of Appeal’s Rulings on International Law” Date: Wed 24 October 2018, Location: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, Time: 12 pm to 1 pm. In this talk Adv. Nery Ramati will discuss the relationship that has been established between international law, the Israelimilitary courts and Israeli military law in the occupied Palestinian territories through the analysis of the rulings of the Israeli military court of appeals. BioAttorney Nery Ramati is a partner in Gaby Lasky and Partners Law Office, a leading human rights office in Israel, specializing in freedom of expression and protest. He has been representing Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights and anti-occupation activists in the military and civil courts since 2008. He has also provided legal counsel to various organizations engaged in documenting and protesting human rights abuses and violations of international law by the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. All Welcome! Website: www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the School of Law, NUI Galway are delighted to host: ‘The Necessity of Advocacy’ In conversation with Dr Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland. 24th October 2018 6pm-8.30pm O'Flaherty Theatre - Concourse (Arts/Science Building) Register at www.conference.ie Limited space - Booking is essential Chaired by High Court Judge Tony O’Connor Panel Discussion With: Dr Gearóid O’Cuinn and Gerry Liston (GLAN/ ICHR), Dr Maeve O’Rourke (ICCL and Justice for Magdalenes, incoming NUI Galway), Professor Donncha O’Connell (NUI Galway and Law Reform Commission), Professor Niamh Reilly (NUI Galway)
Tuesday, 2 October 2018
We would like to congratulate Claire Raissain who has been awarded the NUI Travelling Studentship in Law. Her PhD thesis topic is; ‘Separated Children on the Move in Europe: Access to Protection and Legal Responses to Human Trafficking”, and she will be supervised by Professor Siobhán Mullally.