Book Launch Event with Dr Rick Lines and guest speaker Tony Duffin

 The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a book launch with Dr Rick Lines, who recently published a book on the titled "Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law".  The guest speaker attending is Tony Duffin

Date: 31 January 2018 at 5.15pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway

 Human rights violations occurring as a consequence of drug control and enforcement are a growing concern, and raise questions of treaty interpretation and of the appropriate balancing of concomitant obligations within the drug control and human rights treaty regimes. Tracing the evolution of international drug control law since 1909, this book explores the tensions between the regime's self-described humanitarian aspirations and its suppression of a common human behaviour as a form of 'evil'. Drawing on domestic, regional and international examples and case law, it posits the development of a dynamic, human rights-based interpretative approach to resolve tensions and conflicts between the regimes in a manner that safeguards human rights. Highlighting an important and emerging area of human rights inquiry from an international legal perspective, this book is a key resource for those working and studying in this field.

Dr Rick Lines has been described as ‘a key figure in the emerging field of human rights and drug policy’. An alumnus of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, he works as Executive Director of Harm Reduction International in London. He is co-founder and Chair of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, where he holds an appointment as a Visiting Fellow. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales. ’Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law' is his first book.
Guest speaker: 
Tony Duffin is the CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, a position he has held since 2005. Prior to this, he held a number of senior management roles in the addiction field, including playing a key role in opening Ireland’s first emergency accommodation for young people who inject drugs; and Irelands first wet residential service for entrenched street drinkers. He holds an MSc in ‘Drug and Alcohol Policy’ from Trinity College Dublin, and a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Research in Health Practice’ through the University of Bath. The Ana Liffey provides services in Dublin and the Midwest region. Supporting over 2,000 people each year; the organisation continues to work hard to support the communities we work within and the individuals most affected by problematic drug use.  One of the main purposes of the Ana Liffey is to engage with people who are active in their addiction; to journey with them; and to help them make healthier choices. Ana Liffey neither promotes nor denounces drug use, but seeks to respond to problems associated with it; and the Ana Liffey identifies, takes and manages risks.  This culture of inclusion and risk taking means that the organisation is innovative and responsive to new drug trends impacting upon people. For over 35 years the Ana Liffey has informed the debate on national drug policy. The Ana Liffey is now an internationally recognised drug service provider and influencer of drug policy.