Friday, 18 September 2015

School of Law Doctoral Scholarships Including: Centre for Disability Law & Policy Irish Centre for Human Rights The School of Law is currently accepting applications for two PhD Scholarships. These Scholarships are awarded for a period of four years, subject to verification of satisfactory progress at the end of each year. The Scholarships and are available for the academic year 2015/2016 and will commence immediately upon award. Each Scholarship is worth €16,000 per year for four years, a proportion of which will be used to cover fees. The Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of enabling the holder to undertake a fulltime Structured PhD at the School of Law. The holder may not simultaneously register for another course. Preference will be given to new entrants and those PhD students in the first year of their doctoral studies. The holders of these Scholarships will reside in Galway, Ireland and will engage in research and undertake related teaching and other duties within the School and/or one of the Centres in accordance with University policy in addition to pursuing their own doctoral research.  For further information, please see the Announcement for 2015 Doctoral ScholarshipsFor the terms and conditions, please see PhD Scholarships Terms

Monday, 27 July 2015

Professor Michael O'Flaherty, director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights welcomed President Joachim Gauck of Germany and President Michael D Higgins of Ireland. President Gauck was visiting Galway to receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws from NUIG. The Honorary Conferring and visit to the University included a Roundtable Discussion with key speakers on Development and Human Rights at the Irish Centre of Human Rights at NUI Galway. Among the Participants were representatives of the development sector in Ireland (Concern, Trócaire), members of the German delegation, academics and human rights experts, Irish and German diplomats and policy makers, moderated by Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Director of The Irish Centre of Human Rights at NUI Galway. Speaking on the Round Table Discussion, Professor Michael O'Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, said: "It is a very important initiative of President Michael D. Higgins and President Joachim Gauck to convene a conversation on Human Rights and Development. Enormously significant decisions will be taken by the international community in September when it adopts the Sustainable Development Goals.  It is imperative that Human Rights are strongly presented in these goals and our discussion will contribute to strengthening the policy of European states on this critical issue." Introductory Speech for President Gauck delivered by Professor O'Flaherty Link to NUIG's press statement on President Gauck's conferring

Monday, 9 February 2015

Human Right to Health Conference Programme Under the President's Ethics Initiative, the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway held a conference on the Human Right to Health on the 6th February 2015.  The conference was addressed by President Higgins and was reported in national media (here and here) President Higgins' Opening Address on the Human Right to Health Human Right to Health Session 1 Human Right to Health Session 2  

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Interested in joining the International Law Association? Membership is open to all individuals based in Ireland, regardless of nationality, and to all Irish nationals regardless of the country in which they are based. ILA application form

Saturday, 23 August 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway has welcomed the appointment of its Honorary Chairman, Professor William Schabas, to a new UN Commission of Inquiry. The independent Commission of Inquiry will investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June. Professor Schabas will head up the three-person commission, details of which were announced last night (11 August). The Canadian is renowned for his work on international criminal and human rights law, and was Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway from 2000 to 2009 prior to the appointment of Professor Michael O’Flaherty to the post. He served on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission until 2004, and was also a member of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in Human Rights. The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways to protect civilians against any further assaults. Commenting on the appointment, Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway, who recently returned from the region, said: “I cannot think of a more qualified person to lead this Inquiry. The Inquiry will play a vital role in establishing the facts and identifying those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. This is a most important step in ensuring all those responsible for violations are held accountable.”

Saturday, 7 June 2014

To celebrate 75 years of Irish-Swiss diplomatic relations and the 150th anniversary of the First Geneva Convention, the Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, in collaboration with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, is presenting the exhibition “War from the Victims’ Perspective - Photographs by Jean Mohr”, at Art Gallery, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway. For more information, please see the War From the Victim's Perspective press release

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Congratulations to ICHR PhD candidate and Doctoral Fellow, Amina Adanan, who has been awarded the EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law by the National University of Ireland.The Fellowship is funded by a special bequest from the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward J Phelan and is intended to encourage and support a doctoral candidate of proven academic excellence towards a doctoral degree in any area of International Law, in a constituent university of the NUI. The award is named after distinguished diplomat Edward J. Phelan, one of the first international civil servants at the International Labour Organization, who later became the ILO’s fourth Director and first Director-General.Amina's research project,‘The Transitional Nature of Universal Jurisdiction’, provides a comprehensive analysis of the rationale for the application of universal jurisdiction to international crimes.

Friday, 21 March 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights made a submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee regarding Ireland's Fourth Periodic Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The submission focuses on issues arising regarding the treatment of asylum seekers in the refugee and subsidiary protection system and business enterprises and human rights. The submission can be viewed below:  ICHR Submission to Seanad Public Consultation Committee    

Thursday, 13 March 2014

 Professor O'Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, is today speaking at a side-event of the UN Human Rights Council on the topic, "Privacy in the Digital Age", organised by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva. The event coincides with the review of the US by the UN Human Rights Committee.Flyer on the right to privacy in the digital age

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Protect Civil Society flyer Professor O'Flaherty is today chairing a side-event at the UN Human Rights Council on the topic, "Civil Society Space: Emerging Threats and Actions to Restore Freedoms".  Other speakers include UN Special Rapporteur on the Freedoms of Assembly and Association, Maina Kai and Ukrainian civil society leader, Oleksandra Matviychuk.    

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Professor O'Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, will be the principal speaker at the Universal Right Group Policy Dialogue on the topic of "UPR, Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures - the Connectivity" at the United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Tuesday 11 March.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Professor O'Flaherty has written a new blog on strengthening of the UN human rights treaty body system. This can be viewed on the Universal Rights Group's website

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Interested in a PhD at the Irish Centre for Human Rights? The School of Law at NUI Galway (and its specialised research centres: the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, the Centre for Housing Law, Rights & Policy and the Marine Law & Ocean Policy Centre) is currently accepting applications for a number of Doctoral Fellowships from prospective full-time or existing full-time doctoral students. The fellowships provide PhD funding for a maximum of two years. The closing date is February 24th and fellowships will commence immediately upon award. More information can be found here

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights launches the Galway Platform on Human Rights in Irish Foreign Policy. The Galway Platform on Human Rights Document and the Galway Platform on Human Rights Press Release are now available.‌    

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a talk on the human right to same-sex marriage with Tiernan Brady (GLEN) and John Fisher (ARC International). The event will be held in the Martin Ryan Annex (MRA) 201 at 18:00 on the 5th February.

Friday, 10 January 2014

9th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy 26 June - 5 July 2014, Galway, Ireland This Summer School programme has for the last 8 years attracted young talented filmmakers and professionals from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights. This year’s programme will also feature Films That Matters, a two days film event held in collaboration with Amnesty International and Galway One World Centre on 4th and 5th July 2014. Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway and supported by the Open Society Foundations. This, the 9th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy will run at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media in Galway from 26th June to 5th July 2014. The Summer School is led by Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings. Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched. APPLY NOW! Deadline for application is 25th April 2014. For more information please visit or email to You can also follow our FB page at

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Irish Centre for Human Rights convened a meeting of Irish civil society leaders to draft the  Galway Platform on Human Rights in Irish Foreign Policy. The Galway Platform, which will be published in mid-January will constitute an important, wide ranging contribution to the current government consulation on the future shape of Irish foreign policy. The Galway Platform meeting was addressed by His Excellency, Petter Ville, (Norwegian Ambassador At Large For Human Rights).

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The October Bulletin for the Irish Centre for Human Rights is now available. Bulletin Vol.12.3‌

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The renowned UN human rights expert, Professor Michael O'Flaherty FRSA, has been appointed as Professor of Human Rights Law at the National University of Ireland Galway. He will also serve as Director of the University's Irish Centre for Human Rights. Professor O'Flaherty will combine the new roles with his current commitment as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. During the period that Professor O'Flaherty remains at the Northern Ireland Commission the Irish Centre for Human Rights will be co-directed by Professor Ray Murphy. Since October 2011, Professor O'Flaherty has been Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.  Professor O'Flaherty has worked the UK university sector since 2003 as Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the School of Law in University of Nottingham.  A native of Galway, Professor O'Flaherty has a distinguished reputation in the human rights arena. Since 2004, he has been an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and is currently a Vice-Chairperson. He is also a member of the UN Expert Group on Human Rights Indicators, serves on a number of human rights advisory bodies of the UK government and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Professor O'Flaherty sits on committees of the European Roma Rights Centre, the Diplomacy Training Programme, the UN-UK Association, the World Organization Against Torture, the Hilde Back Education Fund and a number of other groups worldwide. Prior to taking up his posts at the University of Nottingham, he served in a number of senior positions with the United Nations. He established the UN human rights field missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994) and Sierra Leone (1998) and subsequently guided UN headquarters support to its human rights programmes across the Asia-Pacific region. National University of Ireland Galway President, Dr Jim Browne, welcomed the announcement: "Professor O'Flaherty brings an outstanding reputation to our School of Law and Irish Centre for Human Rights. Building on the strong foundations laid by his predecessor, Professor Bill Schabas, who retains an important connection with the Centre, Professor O'Flaherty will continue to develop the global reputation of the Centre for high quality academic programmes, leading edge research and engaged advocacy. Professor O'Flaherty brings a unique blend of academic skills and practical knowledge of human rights law which will enrich the teaching, research and outreach activities of the Centre." Additional Information about Professor O'Flaherty Professor O'Flaherty read law at University College Dublin (BCL), theology and philosophy at the Gregorian University, Rome (BPh, STB) and international relations at the University of Amsterdam (MA, MPhil). He is a Solicitor of the Irish Courts. He initiated the on-going "Dublin Process for the Strengthening of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body System" and was principal drafter of the General Comment of the UN Human Rights Committee on Freedom of Expression. He also led the drafting of the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of International Human Rights Law Regarding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. He advises many international and regional inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations and is a member of the editorial boards of the Human Rights Law Review, the Irish Yearbook of International Law, theInternational Journal of Human Rights, European Yearbook on Human Rights, and Revue Trimestrielle Des Droits de L'Homme. He has served as Secretary of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and UN human rights advisor for implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. From 2000 to 2002 he chaired the UN reference group on human rights and humanitarian action