Monday, 13 August 2018

Developing Clinical Legal Education: Joint initiative with ‘Global Legal Action Network’ involves students in international human rights actions. In addition to its renowned academic programme the Irish Centre for Human Rights is working to expand the practical legal opportunities for its students. This summer term the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) commenced a collaborative initiative recruiting a select number of the Centre’s LLM and PhD students to provide hands on support for its international legal actions. A total of six candidates were selected and brought into three separate projects covering war crimes in Yemen, migration rights and human rights in supply chains. The supervised placements are based in Galway and students link to other GLAN teams via regular video conferencing and on-line case management systems. Since its inception GLAN has successfully incorporated clinical legal education into its operations and developed a robust set of practice to ensure that students gain meaningful and rewarding experiences that boost the organisations capacity and further their litigation strategies.  Further information on GLAN’s pioneering legal work is available at:   Website:  

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa of the International Criminal Court delivered a public lecture during this year’s annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court which took place at the National University of Ireland Galway from 18 - 22 June 2018. This public lecture was held in association with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.  In the photo with Judge Bossa is Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Director of the Irish Centre Human Rights, Bridín O’Donoghue, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade and James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade     Website:  

Thursday, 7 June 2018

  The Great March of Return, Israel’s Assault on Gaza & the Struggle for Justice in Palestine  Date: Friday  8 June 2018, 5 pm.Location: Seminar Room- Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway.  Shawan Jabarin, Director General of the largest and oldest Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, will address recent developments in Gaza: the remarkable mass movement that emerged in the form of the Great March of Return, and the response of the Israeli military – including the use of lethal force and explosive bullets against civilians, as well as rules of engagement allowing the use of lethal force. Jabarin will also address the diverse range of ongoing attempts to hold Israel to account for its violations of international law in the Palestinian territories – from potential war crimes investigations by the International Criminal Court to forthcoming proposed legislation in Ireland to ban trade with illegal settlements in occupied territories. According to Prof. Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Shawan Jabarin is amongst the most pre-eminent of Palestinian human rights defenders and most qualified to speak about the ongoing oppression and human rights violations of the Palestinian people.  In 2011 Jabarin was appointed to the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Board, and in 2013 he was elected as a Commissioner for the International Commission of Jurists. In 2016 he was elected Secretary-General of FIDH: International Federation of Human Rights. After studying sociology at Birzeit University in the 1980s, Jabarin later studied human rights law at Irish Centre of Human Rights, NUI Galway, where he completed the LL.M programme in 2004-05, supported by a grant from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Irish Aid programme. In 2010, the Irish Centre of Human Rights presented him with its first and only distinguished graduate award. He has been subject to administrative detention without trial, travel bans and death threats for his work as a human rights defender, and has been supported in campaigns by Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, and others. He was awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1990 for his defence of freedom of expression and human rights, and has received numerous other human rights awards. All Welcome!       Website:  

Thursday, 3 May 2018

  Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa to speak at NUI Galway Summer School on the International Criminal Court The Irish Centre for Human Rights is most pleased to announce that Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa of the International Criminal Court will deliver a public lecture during this year’s annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court which takes place at the National University of Ireland Galway from 18 - 22 June 2018. Judge Solomy Balungi Bossa from Uganda was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court for a term of nine years commencing in March 2018. Prior to joining the International Criminal Court, Judge Bossa held positions as a Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2003-2013), the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights (2014-2018) and the Court of Appeal of Uganda (2013-2018).  Judge Bossa will deliver a public lecture at 6pm on Monday 18 June 2018 in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway. This public lecture is held in association with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Registration for the Summer School on the International Criminal Court is open until 1 June 2018. This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on Africa and the International Criminal Court in association with the Institute for Security Studies, South Africa. Further details on registration and the full programme for the 2018 ICC Summer School are available at:      Website:  

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships The Irish Centre for Human Rights is looking to host an experienced researcher via funding through Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.  In order to secure funding, the experienced researcher must develop a proposal with the host for the September 12th 2018 deadline.  The Centre welcomes proposals from researchers working broadly in the field of international human rights, as well as international humanitarian law, international criminal law and related fields.  A proposal should align with the research interests of a member of academic staff at the Centre to secure an agreement for supervision. Researchers will be given the opportunity to be integrated into the academic life of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and to participate and contribute to research activities and events. Researchers will also have the opportunity to develop skills in communication and project management and to participate in relevant training offered at NUI Galway. The researcher must fulfil the MSCA-IF mobility and experienced researcher requirements: In addition to research experience and skills, the researcher must have an ability to work effectively, both independently and as part of a team, and have strong communication skills, written and oral.  If you are interested in applying for a MSCA-IF with the Irish Centre for Human Rights please contact Dr Shane Darcy (     Website: Twitter: Facebook:  

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

T‌he Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway   Save the date17-18 May 2018Aula Maxima, NUIG  Keynote speakers: Judge Gerard Hogan, Irish Court of AppealJudge Pinto De Albuquerque, European Court of Human Rights  Guest Speakers Hilkka Becker, International Protection Tribunal Kathryn Cronin, Garden Court Chambers Raza Husain QC, Matrix Chambers Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers Colin Smith, The Law Library Please find link below for registration:    Website:  

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

  Irish Centre for Human Rights and International Law Association (Irish Branch)   'Symposium on the revised US Dept of Defense Law of War Manual'  Lunchtime Seminar Date: Monday 16th April 2018Time: 10.30 am to 1.30 pmLocation: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway  Speakers: Prof. Ray Murphy, Irish Centre for Human Rights: The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual and Basic Principles.Prof. Michael A. Newton, Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School: The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual: Observations and Oddities.Dr. Katharine Fortin, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University School of Law: Armed Groups and the DOD Manual: Shining a Light on Overlooked Issues. All welcome!   Website:  

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

  “Illusions of Progress?”National actions plans on business and human rights A symposium organised by the Irish Centre for Human Rights Date:  Friday 23 March 2018, 11am - 3pm, Room THB G011, Hardiman Building, National University of Ireland Galway * * * Register by 15 March 2017 * * * “Illusions of Progress?” National actions plans on business and human rights     The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway will host a half-day symposisum exploring the role of national action plans in furthering the business and human rights agenda. Recent policy and practice shows that such national action plans have become the primary means of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (2011). The Irish Government adopted its National Plan on Business and Human Rights 2017-2020 in November 2017 on foot of recommendations by the European Commission and the United Nation Human Rights Council. In this context, the symposium will bring together a number of legal and policy experts working in the field of business and human rights who will discuss and explore the prospects and problems associated with such national action plans. The symposium will consider whether national business and human rights plans constitute an effective means of ensuring corporate respect for human rights or merely serve to give the illusion of progress.  Symposium participants include: Professor Anita Ramasastry, University of Washington; United Nations Working Group on business and human rightsClaudia Saller, Coordinator, European Coalition for Corporate JusticeColin Wrafter, Former Director, Human Rights Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeDr Tara Van Ho, Lecturer, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of EssexDr Shane Darcy, Senior Lecturer, Irish Centre for Human Rights There is no regisration fee for the symposium but as places are limited, those wishing to attend should confirm their attendance by e-mailing  before 15 March 2018. A light lunch will be provided. ****       Website:  

Friday, 16 February 2018

  The Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, invites you to attend a morning of talks on the subject of abortion law reform on Friday, March 9th 2018 at 11.30 to 2pm  As the mooted date for a referendum on Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution draws closer, the ICHR has drawn together a number of prominent human rights advocates and academics to consider the challenges and possibilities of abortion law in a post-Eighth Amendment Ireland. Please find link below for registration : Speakers include: Professor Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and author of About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in the 21st Century; Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner Northern Irish Human Rights Commission; Dr Eilionóir Flynn, Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy , NUI Galway; Dr Claire Murray, School of Law, University College Cork; Professor Siobhán Mullally, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. The ICHR is delighted to present this event in association with NUIG's Gender ARC.  

Thursday, 11 January 2018

 The talk by Tomi Reichental that took place on the 8th of February was recorded. His emotional and powerful talk was received by a captivated audience.  See links below IMG_1779.MOV IMG_1780.MOV   The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a public lecture:Talk by Tomi ReichentalA survivor of the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp, on his experience of the HolocaustThursday,  February 8th,  2018, 8pm sharpVenue: The Ryan Institute Lecture Theatre (MRA 201), Ryan Institute Annexe, NUI Galway (off University Road)   Tomi Reichental, a survivor of the Bergen- Belsen concentration camp, will give a talk about his experience of the Holocaust in the The Ryan Institute Lecture Theatre (MRA 201), Ryan Institute Annexe, NUI Galway (off University Road) on Thursday 8th February 2018 at 8 pm sharp.  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. R e c o u n t i n g  t h e 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.”  Professor Ray Murphy from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway,  said: “Tomi is one of the last surviving witnesses to the Holocaust. As such, he feels compelled to speak out so that the victims are not forgotten and we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. For most of his life Tomi did not speak of the atrocities he bore witness to, but in recent years he has become an advocate for tolerance and compassion. His story is a story of the past. It is also a story for our times. The Holocaust reminds us of the dangers of racism and intolerance, providing lessons from the past that are relevant today. One of the lessons we must learn is to respect difference and reject all forms of racism and discrimination.”  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 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 Reichental’s immense contribution that he has made to Holocaust awareness and education over the years. The talk at NUI Galway will be followed by a Q&A session.  Admission is free but early arrival is advised.    ALL WELCOME!    

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

  Lunchtime Seminar Series    The Mladić trial - the end of the beginning of International Criminal Law   Wednesday 14th of March, 1-2pm, Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights    On 22 November 2017, the ICTY rendered the judgment in its final trial, in the case of Prosecutor v. Ratko Mladić. The judgment marked the end not only of the proceedings in this case but also of the work of the ICTY. The establishment of the ICTY almost 25 years earlier had come to mark the beginning of a new era for international criminal law and its work triggered the creation of new institutions, in particular the International Criminal Court. The rendering of the trial judgment against Ratko Mladić is therefore a good moment to review the current state of international criminal law. As one of the biggest war crimes trials in history, it presents numerous challenges and lessons that are relevant for all other present and future international courts and tribunals. Jonas Nilsson was the Senior Legal Officer advising the Trial Chamber throughout the pre-trial and trial proceedings in this case. He is therefore in a unique position to provide an insider's perspective of these challenges and lessons.    Jonas Nilsson worked at ICTY between 2005 and 2017 as a Senior Legal Officer and Legal Officer. He was the team leader in Trial Chamber I, assigned to the Mladić case. He has a Master of Laws from the University of Lund and a Master of International Human Rights Law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund. Jonas Nilsson has previously worked with human rights and refugee law at Amnesty International and the Swedish Helsinki Committee. Between 2001 and 2003, he lived in Kosovo and worked at the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo as the Director of Investigations. He has published many articles on international criminal law and human rights, including articles for the Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice (Antonio Cassese, Ed.), Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure – Annotated (Larcier), and the Commentary on the Law of the International Criminal Court (Mark Klamberg, Ed.).          All welcome!   

Thursday, 22 February 2018

  'Proving International Crimes' Dr. Yvonne McDermott Rees, Swansea University Lunchtime Seminar Date: Monday 26 February 2018 Time: 12 to 1 pm, Seminar Room Location: Seminar Room, ICHR, NUI, Galway International criminal tribunals face an enormous task when they seek to analyse the thousands of pages of evidence that are presented in the course of their trials, and to draw conclusions on the guilt or innocence of accused persons based on that evidence. Yet, whilst rules of admissibility have been subjected to a great deal of academic commentary, many key debates relating to proof in international criminal trials have remained under-theorised to date. This paper discusses the evaluation of evidence in international criminal trials. It argues that, despite over two decades of practice in contemporary international criminal tribunals, no consistent approach as to how judges should weigh evidence and use it for fact-finding has emerged. The quality of evidence required to meet the standard of proof at different stages of proceedings remains uncertain. Furthermore, it shall be argued that the structure of international criminal judgments can detract from the clarity of their findings, and this in turn has an impact on their legal and sociological legitimacy.  All Welcome!

Friday, 9 February 2018

  Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Professor Siobhán Mullally led a delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) from 29 January to 2 February 2018. The visit provided an opportunity to assess progress in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings since the first evaluation visit by GRETA in 2013 (link to GRETA's report on Italy), as well as developments since the publication of GRETA’s urgent procedure report in January 2017. During the visit, the GRETA delegation held consultations with officials from the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorist Directorate, the State Police, the Carabinieri Corps, the Financial Police, the National Association of Italian Municipalities, the National Commission for Recognition of International Protection, the Territorial Commission for Recognition of International Protection in Rome, and the National Statistics Institute. Further, the GRETA delegation met Ms Filomena Albano, Italian Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents. In addition to holding meetings in Rome, the GRETA delegation travelled to two Italian regions, Sicily and Tuscany, where it met representatives of public bodies and civil society involved in local anti-trafficking networks. In the course of the visit, the GRETA delegation visited shelters for victims of trafficking and drop-in centres providing services to possible victims of trafficking, run by non-governmental organisations (Proxima and Penelope in Sicily and Donne in Movimento and Arnera in Tuscany). Further, the delegation visited an emergency reception centre (CAS) for asylum-seeking women in Torre Angela. The GRETA delegation held separate meetings with representatives of non-governmental organisations, lawyers and officials of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The visit was carried out by Professor Siobhán Mullally, President of GRETA, and Ms Rita Theodorou Superman, member of GRETA, who were accompanied by Ms Petya Nestorova, Executive Secretary of the Convention, and Mr Markus Lehner of the Secretariat of the Convention. Following the visit, GRETA will prepare a draft report which will be sent to the Italian authorities for comments. The final report will be made public after its adoption by GRETA. More information about GRETA’s work is available at:  

Thursday, 8 February 2018

   Call for Papers   The Rights of Migrants and Refugees: Exploring the role of courts and tribunals 17-18 May 2018    The Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, is hosting a conference on the theme of ‘Vindicating the  Rights of Migrants and Refugees: exploring the role of courts and tribunals’ on May 17th -18th  2018.  The event will take place in the Aula Maxima in NUI Galway and will bring together practitioners, academics, students and policy makers working in the field of migration and asylum law and policy. We are seeking submissions of paper proposals on the theme of the conference understood broadly. We welcome domestic, international and comparative perspectives from any jurisdiction. Interdisciplinary and theoretical proposals as well as practice-oriented analyses are equally welcome. The selection will be based on the following criteria: Originality and innovativeness of the work Relevance to the conference theme Geographical and gender balance Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to  Please also include your name, affiliation, contact details and a 100 words biography. Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 23rd. You will be notified about the outcome of the selection process by March 14th.  Unfortunately, the organisers are not able to provide any financial support. However, information about travel and accommodation options will be communicated to all participants in due course  Organising Committee, Dr Ciara Smyth, Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui, Professor Siobhán Mullally, Noemi Magugliani, Stefano Angeleri, Denise Gormley, Luke Hamilton  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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

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