Friday, 28 September 2018

  Lunchtime Seminar "Gender based Violence – causes, scope, prevention and response in humanitarian and development settings; Introduction to GBV pocket guide app" When: 12th October 2018Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre of Human Rights,  NUI, GalwaySpeaker: Róisín Gallagher   Róisín Gallagher Christian Aid Ireland Programme Advisor on Gender & Inclusion, Róisín supports long-term governance, peace-building and gender programmes and humanitarian responses in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Initially joining the Timore Leste response in 2000, as the country began its independence journey, Roisin has since worked in (Pakistan), Middle East (Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory), Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Angola, Zimbabwe) Latin America (Colombia) and the Carribbean (Haiti).  She previously worked with the International Rescue Committee, Childfund, FilmAid International, Goal, Trócaire and Concern.  She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from NUIG and a B. Design in Film & Video from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, (IADT) in Dun Laoghaire.   Talks include the Protection of Civilians (GBV) DCU/KDSC; World Social Forum in Pakistan; GBV to African diaspora, Wezesha; ‘Return to Neighbourhoods, Haiti’, European Commission in Brussels; ‘Modern Forms of Slavery in Ireland’, The European Slave Trade: Character, Causes, Challenges (Trinity College Dublin); ‘Aid Work in Fragile States’, Peace Support Operations, NUIG and ‘The importance of Gender/Age Analysis in Sexual Abuse and Exploitation investigations’, Building Safer Organisations: Training for Trainers, (Geneva, Switzerland)     All Welcome!        Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Friday, 14 September 2018

  Lunchtime Seminar “From the Classroom to the Courtroom: Practicing human rights and criminal justice”. When: 28th September 2018Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre of Human Rights,  NUI, GalwaySpeaker: Aonghus Kelly Aonghus Kelly will give a lunchtime seminar on Friday 28th September at 1.30pm on the topic “From the Classroom to the Courtroom: Practicing human rights and criminal justice”.  "Aonghus Kelly is an Irish lawyer who has worked in New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Cambodia and North Africa after completing his undergraduate degree in law in University College Cork and his Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the NUI Galway. Aonghus  was part of the prosecution team who acted before the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina  that investigated and prosecuted cases  from the Srebrenica genocide of July 1995. Aonghus also was part of the the Special Prosecution Office in Kosovo which investigated and prosecuted cases of war crimes, terrorism, organ trafficking, organised crime and drug trafficking in Kosovo. More recently Aonghus was one of the defence lawyers at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and is now working on ongoing matters in North Africa."         All Welcome!        Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Friday, 9 February 2018

    Lunchtime Seminar Series   “The Law and 'The Troubles': How Breaching Human Rights Prolonged the Conflict in Northern Ireland”   By Anne Cadwallader and Margaret Urwin   Tuesday,  February 27th, 2:30-4 pm, Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights   Margaret Urwin (née Kelly) has worked with Justice for the Forgotten, the organisation representing the families and survivors of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, since 1993 and, for more than a decade, with the families of other cross-Border bombings. Justice for the Forgotten merged with the Pat Finucane Centre in December 2010. A native of Ballymitty, County Wexford, Margaret is a graduate of the Open University and NUI Maynooth – MA (Hons) Local History, 2001. Her publications include: A County Wexford Family in the Land War: The O’Hanlon Walshs of Knocktartan, (2001), Four Courts Press; ‘The Effects of the Great Famine (1845-9) in the County Wexford Parish of Bannow/Ballymitty’ in The Journal of the Wexford Historical Society, 1996.   London-born Anne Cadwallader first came to work in Ireland as a journalist in late 1981. After seven years working as a BBC reporter and correspondent in Belfast and Dublin, she became a producer for Radio Telefís Eireann.  She also worked as Northern Editor and Political Reporter for The Irish Press before going freelance and working for Reuters and other British, Irish and international media organisations before leaving journalism to work with The Pat Finucane Centre in 2009. She is the author of: “Holy Cross: The Untold Story” (Brehon Press 2004) and “Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland” (Mercier Press 2013) which is currently being reprinted and turned into a feature film documentary: "Unquiet Graves".   All welcome!   

Thursday, 16 November 2017

  "Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems"  Peter Gallagher, PhD candidate attending the meeting discussing "Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems" (LAWS) at the UN in GENEVA from 13 to 17 November 2017              

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

“Defending human rights in Turkey: Threats, judicial harassment and arbitrary detention” by Nilsun Gursoy Human Rights Lawyer and Research Fellow at Front Line Defenders   Monday 5 November, 1-2pm. Irish Centre for Human Rights   The crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society continues in Turkey despite the end of the state of emergency in July 2018. It was first declared in July 2016 after the violent coup attempt that left over 240 people dead and thousands injured. Since then the Turkish government issued over 30 executive decrees that bypassed parliamentary and judicial scrutiny. More than 100,000 people faced criminal investigation and over 50,000 people remain in pre-trial detention. Those include human rights defenders, academics, journalists, lawyers, politicians and former public officials, who were allegedly connected to the group that was behind the coup attempt.   In this talk, we will discuss what it takes to be a human rights defender in Turkey during this post-coup crackdown. While talking about the specific risks faced, including judicial harassment, arbitrary detention and police violence, insights will be given into the political context in Turkey, focusing on issues such as judicial independence, repressive anti-terror laws, censorship, military operations and curfews in the south-east of Turkey, as well as gender and LGBTI+ rights.   All Welcome!            

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

 Lunchtime Seminar “Recognising the Rights of Artificially Intelligent Agents” By Dr. John Danaher Wednesday 07th November 2018 1pm - 2pm, Seminar Room Irish Centre for Human Rights  BIO:  John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School. He holds a BCL from University College Cork (2006); an LLM from Trinity College Dublin (2007); and a PhD from University College Cork (2011). He was lecturer in law at Keele University in the UK from 2011 until 2014. He joined NUI Galway in July 2014.  His research interests lie, broadly, in the areas of philosophy of law and emerging technologies and law. In the past, he has published articles on human enhancement, brain-based lie detection, the philosophy of punishment and artificial intelligence. He maintains a blog called Philosophical Disquisitions, and he also writes for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.        

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

                           Lunchtime Seminar ‘Fear is contagious, poverty is deadly, and Ebola is a virus’ by Prof Martin Cormican                                                                                      Date: Friday 26 October 2018,                                                                Location: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights                                                                                          Time: 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm   Prof Martin Cormican will talk about his experience in Sierra Leone and the challenges dealing with the Ebola outbreak. This raised fundamental human rights issues for all concerned in dealing with the crisis.  Martin graduated from NUI Galway in 1986. He trained in Ireland, the UK and USA.  He was appointed Consultant Microbiologist at University Hospital Galway and Professor of Bacteriology NUI Galway in 1999. Since May 2017 he is National Lead for Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance.  His research interests include antimicrobial resistance, foodborne infection and the links between environment and human health.   Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Thursday, 25 October 2018

  Lunchtime Seminar    ‘International Criminal Tribunals - The Pursuit of Justice’    Date: Friday 2 November 2018 Time: 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm Location: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights,    Talk by Elizabeth Spelman, Solicitor and former United Nations Prosecution Lawyer.1 The talk is divided into two parts. Part I will focus on the establishment and the achievements of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and the United Nations Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals. The Ratko Mladić Trial Judgement, the Prlić et al. Appeals Judgement, and other recent case developments will be discussed in more detail. Part II of the talk will focus on developments and challenges in the Goran Hadžić case following the accused’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, with approximately seven trial weeks remaining. The ensuing litigation concerned inter alia the Prosecution’s motions to proceed, and the accused’s fitness to stand trial. This litigation addressed issues such as fair trial rights, and possible measures to expedite the trial. Such measures could potentially be implemented before international and domestic courts and tribunals.   Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights      

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

    CAN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFEAT NATIONALISM? Wednesday 24th October, 2.00 – 4.00 pm, Room G010 in the Hardiman Research Building  By Dr. Lea David    Organised by the  the Irish Centre for Human Rights together with the Power, Conflict and Ideologies Research Cluster (School of Political Science & Sociology)    The focus of this lecture is the way in which collective memory and memorialization processes are understood within the human rights centred ideology and how such understanding affects nationalism. The basic difference between human rights and nationalist understanding and promotion of memorialization processes is that human rights stand for world-wide inclusion of all people into one moral community, whereas nationalism presumes nationally bounded collectives. For the ideology of nationalism, historical memory is perceived in terms of continuity, provides legitimacy for sovereignty, however, human rights as the grand narrative in the world polity, has provided a new definition – that of coming to terms with (one specific version of) the past - by which collectives are supposed to remember, a phenomenon coined here as “memorialization isomorphism”. Memorialization isomorphism refers to the standardized set of norms, promoted through human rights infrastructures in the world polity, through which societies are supposed to deal with the legacies of mass human rights abuses.   I ask here how successful memorialization isomorphism is in promoting universalist human rights values and whether memorialization isomorphism is capable of harvesting micro-solidarity in order to become an ideological cement that can overcome nationalism. Since the experience of micro-solidarity is not instinctive but rather a function of an interpretation of symbols and history, I argue that in contexts within which ethnic symbols and collective histories have played immediate roles in conflicts, and were further legitimized and embedded by peace agreements and human rights institutions, it is nationalist apparatus which has become the ultimate factor in the processes of recollecting microsolidarity. Finally, I suggest we look at the current reappearance of nationalism world-wide partially as a result of a gradual and accumulative process of standardization of memory – from “duty to remember” as a moral instance into policy-oriented “proper way to remember” and try to assess the impact such process has on the perception of the “self” and “other”.   Dr. Lea David is currently a Marie Curie fellow (2017-2019) at the School of Sociology at University College Dublin (UCD), where she is finishing her research project on Nationalism, Memory and Human Rights in the Western Balkans and in Israel/Palestine under the supervision of Prof. Siniša Malesević. Her book manuscript “The past can’t heal us! Human rights, memory and micro-sociology” is currently under review.   For more information please contact Kevin Ryan, School of Political Science and Sociology: kevin.ryan@nuigalway.ie  

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Visit to the Irish Centre for Human Rights and two events with the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Fernand de Varennes (Monday Oct 1st)  Afternoon Seminar The role and mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Speaker: UN SR on Minority Issues: Prof Fernand de Varennes Date: Monday October 1 Time: 3-4pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights   Evening Seminar co-hosted with Department of Irish|Roinn na Gaeilge: Language Rights and Minority Rights Speaker: Professor Fernand de Varennes, UN SR on Minority Issues Date: Monday October 1 Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Time: 5-6.30pm  Bio Fernand de Varennes was previously Dean of the Faculté de droit at the Université de Moncton in Canada and Extraordinary Professor at the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has published extensively on minority rights and language rights and acted as a consultant and adviser with several international organisations and civil society groups. Professor de Varennes was appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed his functions on 1 August 2017.   Further information on the mandate and role of the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues is available at: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Minorities/SRMinorities/Pages/SRminorityissuesIndex.aspx          

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a lunchtime Seminar “We Are All Witnesses". A Talk by Anne Driscoll, US Fulbright Scholar, on Wrongful Convictions” Date: Monday 24th September at 1pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre of Human Rights, NUI, Galway Wrongful convictions happen in every jurisdiction in the world. Very often, the people who are most likely to be wrongfully convicted are those who are marginalized in some way – by race, ethnicity, language, economics, or education. There are now 68 innocence projects worldwide. They are all part of a global innocence movement, arguably one of the newest human rights issues we face – and one we didn’t even know existed until the late 1980s when DNA evidence began to be used in the courts. And those people on the frontlines of the innocence movement include lawyers, journalists, human rights activists and humanitarians, among others. One of them is Anne Driscoll, a journalist and US Fulbright Scholar who is at NUIG this year to establish a fledgling Innocence Project here and she will be speaking about all this and more on Monday, 24 September 2018 at 1pm at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.     All Welcome!   ****          Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

  Summer School on the International Criminal Court 18 - 22 June 2018, NUI, Galway, Ireland ***Registration & Call for Scholarship Applications Now Open*** The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights takes place from 18-22 June 2018, almost twenty years after the entry into force of the Rome Statute.  This is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court and in which participants attend a series of intensive lectures and events over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars, and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence. This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on Africa and the International Criminal Court in association with the Institute for Security Studies, South Africa.  The list of speakers at the 2018 ICC Summer School includes: Professor William Schabas (Irish Centre for Human Rights/Middlesex University); Dr. Fabricio Guariglia (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court); Professor Megan A. Fairlie (Florida International University); Professor Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr. Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court); Ottilia Anna Maunganidze (Institute for Security Studies) Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy (International Criminal Court); Professor Donald M. Ferencz (Middlesex University); Dr Nadia Bernaz (Wageningen University); Dr Noelle Higgins (Maynooth University); Dr Noelle Quenivet (Univerity of the West of England); Dr Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr Phil Clark (SOAS); Allan Ngari (Institute for Security Studies). An early bird registration fee of €400 is available for delegates who register before 1 April 2018, with the fee after that date being €450. Scholarships are also available, with the closing date being 15 March 2018. The registration fee includes all conference materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of Professor William Schabas' book 'An Introduction to the International Criminal Court'. The closing date for registrations is 1 June 2018. Registration for the ICC Summer School is now open at our dedicated website: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=551.  Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Should you have any queries, please e-mail iccsummerschool@gmail.com.  Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter:https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Thursday, 26 October 2017

    Silvia Gagliardi, Irish Research Council (IRC) Scholar/PhD Candidate ICHR, presents an academic paper entitled "Who is violating indigenous people's rights in Morocco"  October 2017 Silvia Gagliardi presented an academic paper entitled “Who is violating indigenous people’s rights in Morocco? The limited impact of human rights reforms on Morocco’s Amazigh women” at the “10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Conference to review progress and challenges”, held by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, October 2017.  **********  Article  "Violence against Women"  Silvia Gagliardi recent article entitled “Violence against women: The stark reality behind Morocco’s human rights progress” was published in the peer-reviewed academic Journal of North African Studies (August 2017). Link available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/GNxZgJZscbgkk9iWpcWB/full    Image caption: ("Tea and pastries in a rural Amazigh home in the Moroccan countryside")           

Thursday, 26 January 2017

'Exploring Litigation as a Business and Human Rights Remedy'The Irish Centre for Human Rights is pleased to announce this one-day conference which will examine the opportunities, challenges and barriers to pursuing cases in Irish courts against companies implicated in serious human rights abuses. It is especially timely in the context of Ireland’s commitment to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, which emphasise the importance of remedies for victims of human rights violations connected with business activities. The conference will bring together legal experts, practitioners, academics and advocates to explore civil litigation for serious human rights harms in the Irish context. Further information and registration details are available on the University’s conference website: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=503

Thursday, 20 September 2018

  Seminar Round table: Effects of Anti-Western Legislation in Russia: “Gay-propaganda” and “Foreign Agents” producing new political subjects.When: Tuesday, 25th September 2018Time: 5pm to 6.30pm Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre of Human Rights,  NUI, Galway About the seminar: The Russian law regulating “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors” instituted in 2013 followed legislation that targeted independent NGOs (so called “foreign agents”) passed one year earlier. These laws legitimized anti-Western discourses common in the Cold War period, with a particular focus on homophobia, causing a wave of violence resulting in hate crimes (bashing, abuse, homicide) against people identified as lesbians, gay men or transgender, or in a broader sense as ‘liberals”. SPEAKERS Jennifer Gaspar is the director of special projects for the CEELI Institute in Prague. She has more than 18 years of experience in NGO management, including 15 years working in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. As a consultant to the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program, she has long been managing the foundation’s portfolio of human rights grants in Russia. She worked with NGOs and foundations providing donor advising, technical assistance, evaluation, training curriculum development, and development strategy. Jen holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Jen was a Fulbright  Scholar in Hungary, and previously the executive director of the Fund for International Nonprofit Development. Aengus Carroll is a socio-legal researcher on sexual orientation and gender identity issues across the globe. Over the past four years Aengus authored and co-authored State Sponsored Homophobia, which is the flagship publication of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), a coalition of 1400 organisations. He was also the lead researcher on ILGA's public attitudes research surveying regarding sexual and gender diversity across the world. Aengus holds a LL.M in international human rights law and public policy. Misha Tumasov - a LGBTIQ activist and human rights defender, a founder of the only LGBT human rights organization in the Volga region, Chairperson of Russian LGBT Network (this organisation is the most significant actor in Russian SOGI human rights and is endlessly targeted by the State). Evgeny Shtorn has an MA in sociology and is an LGBT activist. He worked for years in a leading St Petersburg think tank, the Center for Independent Social Research, while also collaborating with such human-rights NGOs as the Russian LGBT Network and Memorial. In 2018, he was forced to leave Russia and claim asylum. His field of work includes hate crimes against LGBT people, state crimes again human beings, racism and postcolonial theory.    All Welcome!        Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Lunchtime Seminar Series:    "Climate Change in the European Court of Human Rights"   Monday 6th of November, 1-2pm, Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights     Talk by Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Gerry Liston of the Global Legal Action Network     Climate change is increasingly recognised as one of, if not the greatest threats to human rights. With governments the world over failing to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to levels anywhere near what the climate change science indicates is necessary to prevent dangerous climate change, citizens are increasingly turning to courts to force these governments into taking the necessary action. And legal action has so far proven itself to be a tool with potential. In 2015, the Urgenda Foundation and over 800 Dutch citizens succeeded in securing a court order requiring the Netherlands to significantly cut its greenhouse gas. In the U.S. 21 youth recently defeated an attempt by the Trump administration to have their federal court climate change case struck out, with the judge concluding that she had “no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society”.    Against the backdrop of these successes, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) has begun preparing a case on behalf of seven Portuguese youth against up to 47 European countries to the European Court of Human Rights. Working with a team of barristers from London's Garden Court Chambers, they intend to bring their case directly to the Strasbourg Court to seek a decision that States must adopt reasonable measures to cut their emissions and thereby protect the human rights of the Portuguese applicants. Their case will be the first climate change legal action in which multiple States are sued at the one time.   Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn is the director of GLAN and Academic Fellow at Lancaster University Law School; Gerry Liston is a Legal Officer with GLAN and a former LLM student and current PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.   All welcome!      

Friday, 1 December 2017

On November 10th, Professor Siobhán Mullally was invited to present to the Senate of the Republic of Mexico on the work of the Council of Europe on combating human trafficking. The Senate hearing was organised by the National Commission on Trafficking of the Senate, and the National Commission on Human Rights, Mexico (CNDH), and chaired by Senator Adriana Dávila, President of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Commission at the Senate of the Republic. In addition to Senators participating,  the presentation was attended by representatives of the General Attorneys Office, the National Prosecutors office, National Migration office, the US Embassy and the Irish Embassy in Mexico. Professor Mullally also presented on November 9th, at an international conference co- hosted by UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and the National Commission on Human Rights, on the subject of human rights monitoring and combating trafficking in human beings in the context of global migration. And to complete a busy few days, on Monday November 13th, she met with Commissioners of the National Commission on Human Rights, and spoke about the work of Ireland’s NHRI, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Friday, 6 October 2017

"Presentation by Professor Siobhán Mullally" Wednesday 4th of October 2017 Professor Siobhán Mullally delivered a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment on behalf of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, with Chief Commissioner Emily Logan. The full text of the oral statement and the policy document published on a legislative and policy framework on abortion is available at: http://bit.ly/2hQyZl2          

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

“Standing up for Human Rights & Demanding Dignity at the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies:Audacious Advocacy on the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration ”  by Joshua Cooper   Executive Director, Hawaii Institute for Human Rights Monday 12 November, 1-2pm, Seminar Room Irish Centre for Human Rights  Joshua Cooper is an academic, advocate, author, analyst and activist based in Hawaii. He is the Executive Director of the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights and has lectured for two decades at the University of Hawaii.  He is currently Dean of Research at the International Training Center for Teaching Peace and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland and Dean of INNES International Human and Peoples Rights in Vienna, Austria.  Cooper has lectured worldwide at graduate programs and law clinics as well as presented over 100 papers featuring original research. Cooper speaks regularly at the UN and NGO assembles to contribute to public policy for human rights. He currently serves as the CEO of the GOOD Group assisting communities and countries to promote human rights & global democracy and protect our planet rooted in peace, respect and dignity for all.  He has participated as an official observer at United Nations meetings in both the charter and treaty bodies of the human rights machinery for over a decade. Cooper has prepared interventions, presented firsthand accounts of violations, held briefings to provide legal updates, met with officials and experts to pose questions to government delegations and proposed recommendations to realise human rights around the world. Cooper participates at every level of the UN Charter bodies from working groups to the general assembly organising for adoption of international guidelines, declarations and conventions.   All Welcome!  Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter:https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHR Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights

Friday, 16 November 2018

   he Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a public lecture:   Professor Javaid Rehman, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran  ‘Human Rights in Iran: Reflections of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran’ Date: Wednesday 12th December Time: 5pm to 6.30pm Venue: O'Donoghue Centre, Black Box Theatre, NUI, Galway Javaid Rehman is a Professor of International Human Rights Law and Muslim Constitutionalism at Brunel University, London. Mr Rehman teaches human rights law and Islamic law and continues to publish extensively in the subjects of international human rights law, Islamic law and constitutional practices of Muslim majority States.  Several of his published works have been translated into various languages.  As a human rights lawyer, Mr Rehman has also provided legal opinions in various high-profile cases in a number of jurisdictions. On 6 July 2018, Mr. Rehman was appointed as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. He commenced his duties officially on 13 July 2018 and presented his first report to the seventy-third session of the General Assembly. ‌        

International Criminal Court Summer School 2019

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The 20th annual Summer School on the International Criminal Court will take place at NUI Galway from 24-28 June 2019. Further details on the special programme of activities to be announced.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

 Lunchtime Seminar 'The Human Right to Resist' Dr Shannonbrooke Murphy, Middlesex University School of Law Monday November 26th, 1-2pm, Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Co-hosted with the Whitaker Institute Conflict, Humanitarianism and Security Cluster  What is the ‘human right to resist’? You won’t find it mentioned in human rights textbooks or included in the standard human rights curriculum. Yet it has an ancient pedigree, has received acknowledgement by some of the great publicists of international law, is codified in approximately 40 current constitutions, and also has limited recognition in customary international law and human rights treaties. It deserves to take its rightful place in the human rights lexicon. This lunchtime seminar will provide an introduction to this marginalized legal concept and its status in contemporary positive law.          

Thursday, 1 November 2018

  “Launching the new LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law & Policy and the Bachelor of Law and Human Rights” The successful event launching the new LLM in International Migration and Refugee Law & Policy and the Bachelor of Law and Human Rights took place on Wednesday 24th October in the O'Flaherty Theatre, Concourse, NUI, Galway.  Also, on the night Dr Mary Robinson gave a talk on ‘The Neccessity of Advocacy’.         

Friday, 23 February 2018

  Lunchtime Seminar “From the local to the global: possibilities and challenges for addressing racial discrimination through the International Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD)” By Anastasia Crickley, Outgoing Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 12 -1 pm, Seminar Room, ICHR, NUI, Galway Anastasia Crickley is the first Irish person to chair a UN human rights treaty body, and during her time as Chair of the CERD committee, has played a leading role in combatting racism and xenophobia at a global level, highlighting the situation of the Rohingya community in Myanmar, and the urgency of a rights based approach to the Global Compact on Migration. In Ireland, she was a founder member of the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and of the National Traveller Women’s Forum, chairperson of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and of Community Work Ireland. Former Head of Department of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University, Ms Crickley has previously served as Chairperson of the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism (EUMC) and of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.   All Welcome!    

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a book launch and panel discussion on Human Rights, Inclusion and the Future of Global Society: A Sociological Perspective with Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko of the Irish Centre of Human Rights who recently published a book on the topic with Cambridge University Press and Professor Chris Thornhill of Manchester University, a world leading scholar in sociology of law. Date: 16 January 2018 at 3pmVenue: THB-G010 (The Hardiman Building)  Chris Thornhill is Professor in Law at the University of Manchester, UK. He has previously held professorial positions in different disciplines at Kings College London and Glasgow University and visiting Professorships in Chile and Brazil. His work is positioned in the interstices between Law, Sociology, Politics and History.  In recent years, he has conducted extensive research on the sociology of constitutional law and the sociology of democracy. He has published a number of monographs and articles on these topics, which have been translated into many languages, and which have helped to establish the sociology of constitutions as an important and rapidly expanding field of legal research. A central aspect of his current research is a concern with the formation of the global legal system, in the context of which he examines processes of democratization. In this respect, his work is driven by the methodological endeavour to link the sociology of law with global sociology, and to articulate the importance of legal sociology for the comprehension of global society more broadly.  All Welcome!            

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

  The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a public talk on Universal Periodic Review, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities by Diana Carolina Prado Mosquera Date:  Monday the 05th February at 4pmVenue: Bridge room, Floor 1, Hardiman Research Building, NUIG  Diana is the United Nations Programme Officer at ILGA (The International LGBTQI+ Association). Originally from Colombia, Diana holds a master's in human rights law and spent several years working as International Affairs Adviser to the Colombian government, wherein she was responsible for overseeing the country's submissions to the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. As UN Programme Officer at ILGA, Diana works with states to ensure that the rights of gender- and sexuality-based minorities have a substantive presence in the UPR process. Discussants for this talk are Aengus Carroll (author of ILGA's State-Sponsored Homophobia Report), and Sandra Duffy (PhD researcher, Irish Centre for Human Rights; co-author of ILGA's Trans Legal Mapping Report).  All welcome.        

Friday, 19 January 2018

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: Wednesday,  January 31st,  2018, 5.15pmVenue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights 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.     Author:   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.     ALL WELCOME!    

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

  Prof Siobhán Mullally is president of the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, and director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. See link below on article written by Prof Mullally on human trafficking published in the Irish Times on the 17th January 2018.   Piece is now live - https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/let-europe-face-up-to-human-trafficking-in-2018-1.3352251       Image: ("Children at a naval base in the Libyan capital Tripoli after they were rescued 40 miles off the Libyan coast. Photograph:")

Thursday, 11 January 2018

  The Irish Centre for Human Rights invites you to a public lecture: Professor Aoife O'Donoghue, Durham Law School  “Finding a Legal Mandate for Gender Equality within the United Nations” January 17, 2018, 12-1pm Venue: Arts Millennium Buildings, AMB-G065 Training room 1    Biography Professor O'Donoghue joined Durham Law School in 2007 having worked at NUI Galway for several years. Aoife's research focuses on international law with a particular interest in global governance and legal theory quering the structures developed to enable international law to regulate political governance. Aoife's work examines constitutionalism, tyranny, feminism, legal theory and international legal history. Aoife researches the interaction between international law and feminism, particularly within institutions such as the UN and the process of feminist judging. She has published a number of articles on global constitutionalisation, constitutionalism, feminism, good offices, trade, neutrality as well as the role of law in conflict. Her monograph centres on constitutionalism within international law. With Máiréad Enright of Birmingham Law School and Julie McCandless of LSE, Aoife is Co-Director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project Aoife works with Colin Murray, Sylvia de Mars and Ben TC Warwick on Constitutional Conundrums a project that examines constitutional change, including Brexit and repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, on Northern Ireland. Aoife also works with Rosa Freedman from Reading Law School on an AHRC funded project to create a UN Gender Network which focuses on reform within the UN Secretariat and Agencies to establish gender equality.   ALL WELCOME!            

Thursday, 5 October 2017

  "Rethinking Human Rights and Global Constitutionalism"  New book by Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko 'Are human rights really a building block of global constitutionalism? Does global constitutionalism have any future in the theory and practice of international law and global governance? This book critically examines these key questions by focusing on the mechanisms utilised by global constitutionalism whilst comparing the historical functioning of constitutional rights in national systems.' Rethinking Human Rights and Global Constitutionalism  2017 Cambridge University Press  

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Professor Siobhán Mullally, President of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), was part of a delegation visiting Hungary from 18 to 20 December 2017 pursuant to Rule 7 of the Rules of procedure for evaluating implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the States Parties. The visit focused on the identification and referral to assistance of victims of human trafficking among asylum seekers held in the transit zones at the border to Serbia and examined the measures taken to prevent trafficking of unaccompanied and separated children. During the visit, GRETA’s delegation held meetings with relevant officials from the Ministry of the Interior, the Asylum and Immigration Office and the Ministry of Human Capacities. The delegation visited the transit zones in Röszke and Tompa, as well as the Károly István Children’s Centre in Fót. The GRETA delegation held separate meetings with representatives of non-governmental organisations and officials of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Further information on the urgent procedure visit to Hungary and the work of GRETA is available at: https://www.coe.int/en/web/anti-human-trafficking/-/greta-conducts-an-urgent-procedure-visit-to-hungary  

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland7th of December 2017                                  Congratulations to Dr Amina Adanan on the award of her PhD on universal jurisdiction. The title of her thesis was ' Allies and enemies, past and present: An analysis of the rationale for the development of universal jurisdiction over serious crimes under international law'. In the photo following today's viva are Prof Donncha O Connell, Prof Mohamed Badar, Dr Noelle Higgins, Dr. Amina Adanan, Prof. Ray Murphy and Dr Anita Ferrara.  

Friday, 1 December 2017

 The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Global Campus of Human Rights, Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and the Kingdom of the Netherlands cordially invite you to flm screenings, presentations and discussions on African cinema and human rights. Date:  Monday 4 December 2017Time:  09:00 – 17:30Venue: SRC Chambers, Conference Centre, University of PretoriaEnquiries: David.Ikpo@up.ac.za About the seminar on African cinema and human rightsIn all its forms African cinema is an essential cultural and political resource, as there is a widespread commitment amongst practitioners to pursue flmmaking and flm-related activities with the capacity to spur the development of inclusive, just, and sustainable societies. The aim of this seminar is to explore the wide variety of ways in which flmmaking and flm culture on the African continent interact with human rights discourses, broadly construed, including those refecting the complexity and specifcity of cultural traditions that pre-date, yet resonate with the formulation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its spin-of treaties.            

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Professor Siobhan Mullally chaired the 30th plenary session of the Council of Europe treaty monitoring body, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, from Nov 20-24th. The full list of decisions adopted can be viewed at: https://rm.coe.int/greta-30-lod/168076b6d6 These include discussion on the urgent procedure in relation to Hungary, the Final Report (2nd evaluation) on Serbia, the Draft Report on Sweden (2nd evaluation)and the Draft Report on Spain (2nd evaluation).  Exchanges of views were also convened with the Council of Europe’s MONEYVAL, on the links with human trafficking, money laundering and financing of terrorism. Discussion was also held with Katherine Bryant of Walk Free on the monitoring methodology of the Global Slavery Index Government responses and reports. Professor Mullally is President of the Council of Europe body, GRETA, and is one of the Rapporteurs for the urgent procedure in relation to Hungary. Further information on the Council of Europe’s anti-trafficking work and all country reports can be viewed at: https://www.coe.int/en/web/anti-human-trafficking/home    

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Dr Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona, the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, will give a lunchtime seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights on Monday 11 December at 1pm. Dr Sepulveda will speak on "The obligation to mobilise resource for the realisation of human rights".  Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (formerly Independent Expert) between May 2008 and June 2014. She is currently based at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Ms. Sepulveda is a Chilean lawyer who holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands; an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a post graduate diploma in comparative law from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.  Ms. Sepulveda has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also served as a consultant to the Division of International Protection of UNHCR and to the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia. More recently she has been Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva and Associate Research Fellow at the Norwegian Center for Human Rights.                                                                                                         All welcome!         

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

    Prof Ray Murphy assesses Mladic trial and likely outcome Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 Piece is now live - https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2017/1121/921662-mladi-trial-marks-end-of-an-era/   Image: ("Former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic (centre) at his first appearance before the UN War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague in 2001")                

Friday, 10 November 2017

 Prof Ray Murphy and former LLM students Ulic Egan and Mercedes Melon Ballesteros at  the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) in the Hague where Prof Murphy was discussing modes of liability under international criminal law as part of the Criminal Investigators Course.             

Thursday, 26 October 2017

  "The challenges to humanitarian action in North East Nigeria due to the Boko Haram Insurgency "  Presentation by Daniel Sheeran, Field Security Advisor, United Nations  Monday 13th November, 12.45pm  - 2pmSeminar Room, ICHR, NUI, Galway Daniel currently works for the UN as a Field Security Adviser in Maiduguri, Borno State in NE Nigeria in the Lake Chad basin region. The area has suffered from an Islamist Insurgency since 2009 by Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa insurgent groups. In Aug 2016 the region was declared a level 3 humanitarian emergency by the UN. Daniel has also worked in the Central African Republic with the UN and is a former Officer in the Irish Army having served in Liberia, Chad and Lebanon. He is also an LLM graduate (Peace Operations, Humanitarian Law and Conflict).   All welcome!         

Thursday, 9 November 2017

  "The mission and work of the ICRC" By Michael Mazliah Friday 10th of NovemberSeminar room, Irish Centre for Human rights, 11.30-12.30 pm The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the Geneva Conventions and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. It directs and coordinates the international activities conducted by the Movement in armed conflicts and other situations of violence. Michael Mazliah is currently the legal and protection officer at the UK and Ireland delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. His work covers issues including dialogue with state and non-state actors as well as work around the interaction between domestic and international law. He is a qualified UK solicitor specialising in human rights law with an LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy.     All welcome!         

Thursday, 9 November 2017

The Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR) is grateful for Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Gerry Liston for their insightful talk titled "Climate Change in the European Court of Human Rights". In the picture Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn (middle left), Gerry Liston (right) are pictured with staff members Dr Shane Darcy (left) and Director and Professor Siobhán Mullally (middle right).              

Friday, 20 October 2017

  "Joint Council of Europe - UNHCR"  Professor Siobhán Mullally presented at a joint Council of Europe - UNHCR 16th October 2017, Madrid   Marking EU anti-trafficking day, Professor Siobhán Mullally presented at a joint Council of Europe – UNHCR conference held in Madrid, on sexual and gender based violence. Professor Mullally’s presentation focused in particular on states’ obligations of identification and assistance in the context of human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.             

Thursday, 17 August 2017

QCEA Study Tour   LLM students Maha Abdallah and Tom Wilkinson were fortunate to travel on a study tour of the EU and Council of Europe institutions, from 24 June - 1 July 2017, with a group from the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA). Their tour included receiving extensive briefings at the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of the European Union in Brussels, and at the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.   “The study tour was both educational and enlightening, allowing us to develop our understanding of the structure and workings of the European institutions. We were able to get a sense of how the European political and human rights institutions work from the inside, in addition to learning about the QCEA and its role in EU diplomacy, research, and advocacy on issues of concern to Quakers, including the environment, the arms trade, and refugee protection and migration policy.”   The study group benefitted from numerous informational sessions with QCEA staff members and representatives from NGOs working within the EU, including the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office. In particular, the group were honoured able to meet and have Q&A sessions with both Helena Jäderblom (the Swedish Judge of the European Court of Human Rights), and Molly Scott-Cato (Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar), among meetings with many other expert insiders.   Maha and Tom would like to express their immense gratitude to the organisers of the tour; Andrew Lane (QCEA Director) and Martin Leng (QCEA Communications Coordinator) for providing such a stimulating and valuable week. Information about QCEA and the valuable work they do can be found at www.qcea.org.

Friday, 20 October 2017

    "21st Meeting of the Committee of the Parties" "Professor Siobhán Mullally presented to the 47 States Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking"  Friday 13th October in Strasbourg Professor Siobhán Mullally presented to the 47 States Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking, at the 21st meeting of the Committee of the Parties held in the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, October 13. The Committee adopted recommendations under the second evaluation round of the Convention addressed to the Governments of Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Ireland and Norway. Further, the Committee adopted a recommendation under the first evaluation round of the Convention addressed to the Government of Belarus. Full news item available at: https://www.coe.int/en/web/anti-human-trafficking/-/21st-meeting-of-the-committee-of-the-parties  Professor Siobhán Mullally is currently President of the anti-trafficking monitoring body, the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (2017-19)               

Thursday, 19 October 2017

    "Collaborating with the Enemy during Armed Conflict -  Does International Humanitarian Law have a Blind Spot?" A Whitaker Ideas Seminar Presentation by Dr Shane DarcyIrish Centre for Human Rights Wednesday 25th October 1pmCA110 (SAC Room), Cairnes Building, NUI, Galway The use of informers and other collaborators by parties to an armed conflict has been a constant yet oftentimes concealed practice in wartime. Informers may provide valuable intelligence which assists with military and security operations, while various forms of collaboration, whether military, administrative or economic, can further a number of aims of parties to an armed conflict. Collaborators might be considered indispensible for the pursuit of certain wartime objectives, both lawful and otherwise. Despite the prevalence of such activity during wartime, and the serious and at times fatal consequences that befall those who collaborate with an enemy, international law applicable in times of armed conflict does not squarely address the phenomenon.   Informers and other collaborators do not feature amongst the categories of persons which international humanitarian law formally recognises during armed conflict, principally combatants, civilians, prisoners of war, spies and mercenaries. The recruitment, use and treatment of informers and collaborators is addressed only indirectly by international humanitarian law. This paper considers this potential blind spot of international humanitarian law when it comes to collaborating with an enemy and assesses how recent developments in human rights law and the law of war crimes might be brought to bear in this context.          

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

  "Election Monitoring Mission"  Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) October 2017 Prof Ray Murphy and colleague in Federal Republic of Macedonia as part of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Election monitoring mission          

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

"Opinion: the United Nations' lengthy mission in Haiti has featured serious controversy, including an outbreak of cholera an a poor response by the organisation to events"  News article by Professor Ray Murphy Thursday 12th October 2017  Piece is now live at https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2017/1011/911545-a-controversial-legacy-the-united-nations-and-haiti/      

Thursday, 5 October 2017

  "Prosecuting the genocide at Srebrenica"  Presentation by Peter McCloskey International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Thursday 19th of October 7.30pm Tyndall Theatre, Main Concourse, NUI, Galway Peter McCloskey is a senior trial attorney at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). McCloskey has been working on Srebrenica related cases since 1996. He has worked on the prosecution of twenty individuals indicted by the ICTY for crimes committed in Srebrenica, including Slobodan Milošević, Radovan Karadžić and General Ratko Mladić.  All welcome!         

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

"Human rights and exploitation of natural resources in the Golan Heights"  Presentation by Nizar Ayoub Advocate/Founder and Director of Al-Marsad  Monday 9th of October 1-2pm,  Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway Al-Marsad | Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights is an independent, not-for-profit national human rights organisation located in Majdal Shams, in the Occupied Syrian Golan. The centre was founded in October 2003 by a group of lawyers and professionals in the fields of law, health, education, journalism and engineering, along with human rights defenders and other interested community members.  Nizar is the principal founder of Al-Marsad and has served as Al-Marsad’s Director since 2012. Nizar obtained an M.A in International Law from the Institute of Foreign Relations and International Law, at Kiev National University in 1992, and a Ph.D in International Law from the Institute of State and Law, at the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow in 1998. Nizar specializes in legal research and training in the fields of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. He worked with ‘Al-Haq’, a leading Palestinian human rights organization in Ramallah from 2000-2011, as a lawyer and legal researcher. Nizar has published several studies on the legal status of the occupied Arab territories since 1967 with a special focus on Jerusalem. In 2014 Nizar served as a consultant to the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  All welcome!         

Thursday, 21 September 2017

ÖCALAN’S BOOK: “CAPITALISM THE AGE OF UNMASKED GODS AND NAKED KINGS. MANIFESTO FOR A DEMOCRATIC CIVILIZATION”  Presentation by Havin Guneser  Journalist and Activist  Thursday 21st of September 2017, 1-2pm Room 101, Bridge Room, First Floor, Hardiman Research Building Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUIG   This presentation will focus upon the Kurdish struggle, the PKK (Kurdistan's Workers Party) and Abdullah Öcalan, who is the founding political leader of the PKK. Öcalan has been imprisoned since 1999 on Imrali Island, and from prison he has published several books on the Kurdish struggle. As an example, Öcalan's thought has been the platform upon which the democratic confederalism in Rojava (West Kurdistan/Syrian Kurdistan) has been built.     In this presentation, Havin Guneser, will speak on Öcalan's most recent book "Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings", which is the second book in a new five-volume work called Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization. Together, they present a synthesis of Öcalan’s political thinking. This volume completes his journey through the history of civilizations, preparing the ground for the upcoming volume entitled "The Sociology of Freedom".   Havin Guneser is an engineer, journalist and a women‘s rights activist. She is one of the spokespersons of the International Initiative “Freedom for Abdullah Öcalan – Peace in Kurdistan” and the translator on Abdullah Öcalan’s books.  All welcome!   

Friday, 1 September 2017

Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University Galway Friday 14th of September 2017 Viva Success!    Hugh congratulations to Mesenbet Tadeg successfully defended his thesis entitled 'Freedom of Expression and the Contours of Political Speech in Ethiopia: Lessons from a Comparative Study'. The thesis was supervised by Dr Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko. Profesor Thomas Healy of Seton Hall Law School acted as the external examiner, Dr Shane Darcy acted as an internal examiner. Professor Siobhan Mullally chaired the viva. Mesenbet is pictured here with his supervisor Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, internal examiner Dr. Shane Darcy, and external examiner Professor Thomas Healy of Seton Hall University School of Law. Thomas Healy is a law professor at Seton Hall University. He is the author of “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was selected as a New York Times Book Review  editor’s choice.  Professor Healy's lecture took place in the Irish Centre for Human Rights on Thursday 14th of September. The title of his lecture was "The Birth of Free Speech in America" the photo of his book is here: https://books.google.ie/books/about/The_Great_Dissent.html?id=AuKGbsBEJ_oC&source=kp_cover&redir_esc=y . Well done Mesenbet! We wish you the very best in your future career!                  

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Lecture by Thomas Healy, Law Professor at Seaton Hall University Thursday, 14 September 2017, 12 – 1 pm, Seminar Room Irish Centre for Human Rights The Birth of Free Speech in America   The American system of free speech is widely regarded as one of the most protective in the world. Yet for much of its history, the United States legal system did little to protect the right of free expression. It wasn’t until the searing experience of World War I, when thousands of dissenters were jailed for criticizing the government, that a genuine appreciation for the right of free speech took hold. And even then, it took a series of extraordinary events – and a highly unusual lobbying campaign targeted at a Supreme Court justice – to usher in the modern era of free speech. In this lecture, Professor Thomas Healy will discuss the evolution of free speech in the United States and explain how legal concepts developed by American judges a century ago – such as the “marketplace of ideas” and “clear and present danger” – continue to be relevant around the globe today.  Thomas Healy is a law professor at Seton Hall University. He is the author of “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind – and Changed the History of Free Speech in America,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was selected as a New York Times Book Review  editor’s choice.  All are welcome

Thursday, 17 August 2017

THE COLOMBIAN PEACE PROCESS AND THE RIGHT TO AMNESTY Presentation by Professor Kai Ambos University of Göttingen   Boardroom, Human Rights Centre, NUI Galway Thursday 24 August 2017 at 1.00 p.m.   After many years of negotiations, the Colombian government and FARC, the oldest rebel organisation in Latin America, agreed on the “justice limb” as the fourth and most important part of their negotiations. After a negative referendum (the “Columbian Brexit”), a revised version of the agreement was finally adopted, and approved by Congress at the end of 2016. The legislative process to implement the agreement is now well underway. This presentation will focus in particular on the amnesty legislation, especially Law 1820 of 30 December 2016 and the complexities surrounding its implementation. Kai Ambos is Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law at the University of Göttingen in Germany, as well as a judge of the recently created Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC). Previously, he served as a part-time judge of the Göttingen District Court. He is also the Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) of Göttingen University. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge and currently a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s College Oxford. He has also acted as defence lawyer, e.g. as a member of the Gotovina defence team at ICTY and the Bemba appeals defence team at the ICC. He is on the ICC defence counsel list. He is the author and editor of numerous publications, in several languages, on German, comparative and international criminal law. Particularly noteworthy among his publications are his Treatise on International Criminal (3 volumes published by Oxford University Press, 2013-2016), the third edition of his Commentary on the ICC Statute (co-edited with Otto Triffleter and published by Hart Publications, Oxford in 2016). He  also has a forthcoming book on European Criminal Law, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Summer School will discuss prosecuting the most serious crimes known to humanity and will include a special session on corporate crimesThe Irish Centre for Human Rights at the School of Law in NUI Galway will host its 18th Summer School on the International Criminal Court for five days from 19-23 June.The International Criminal Court in the Hague is the world’s only permanent judicial body tasked with prosecuting persons for the most serious crimes known to the international community, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Court has been operational since 2002 and has tried individuals from a number of African countries, including Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, while the Prosecutor is currently examining potential crimes in Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq and Palestine.Since 2000 the Summer School at NUI Galway has welcomed leading international experts and practitioners to Galway to participate in this event and to analyse the progress of the International Criminal Court to date. During five days of intensive lectures delivered by leading specialists in the field, delegates are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its applicable law, structures and activities.Key speakers at this year’s Summer School include Professor William Schabas, of Middlesex University and Chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, widely regarded as the foremost academic expert on the International Criminal Court. From 2002 to 2004 Professor Schabas served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission; Don Ferencz, a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University and a Research Associate at the Oxford University Faculty of Law Centre for Criminology, who is the Convener of the Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression; and Dr Fabricio Guariglia, the Director of the Prosecution Division at the International Criminal Court and a highly experienced prosecutor who has been involved in numerous serious crimes cases. In October 1998 Dr Guariglia joined the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.According to Dr Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway: “The International Criminal Court is the world’s principal court for the prosecution of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and it is important that it can hold to account all those who may contribute to the commission of international crimes. Ending impunity and deterring future atrocities requires bringing the law to bear not only on the planners and perpetrators, but also those who benefit from serious human rights abuses.”The 2017 Summer School on the International Criminal Court includes a special session on corporate crimes, which will consider the prospects for corporate accountability at the Court, examine crimes such as pillage during times of armed conflict and assess the potential liability of those that finance or profit from international crimes.For further information on the Summer School visit: http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=497

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars, and NGO workers. Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence. This year’s ICC Summer School will include a special session on Corporate Crimes and the International Criminal Court. The list of speakers at the 2017 ICC Summer School includes the following: Professor William Schabas (Irish Centre for Human Rights/Middlesex University); Professor James Stewart (University of British Columbia); Dr. Fabricio Guariglia (Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court); Professor Megan A. Fairlie (Florida International University); Professor Michael A. Newton (Vanderbilt University); Professor Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights); Dr. Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court); Dr. Mohamed M. El Zeidy (International Criminal Court); Professor Donald M. Ferencz (Middlesex University); Dr Nadia Bernaz (Middlesex University); Mr. Richard J. Rodgers (Global Diligence LLP; Dr Noelle Higgins (Maynooth University); Dr Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights). An early bird registration fee of €400 is available for delegates who register before 1 April 2017, with the fee after that date being €450. Scholarships are also available, with the closing date being 15 March 2017. The registration fee includes all conference materials, all lunches and refreshments, a social activity and a closing dinner. The registration fee also includes a complimentary copy of Professor William Schabas' book 'An Introduction to the International Criminal Court'. The closing date for registrations is 1 June 2017. To register and for more information regarding the 2017 ICC Summer School, please visit our website  and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Should you have any queries, please email us.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy The call for applications for the 11th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school, co-organized by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in NUIG, is now open. More info at: www.chra.ie Apply at: http://www.chra.ie/apply.php Email us a query at: info@chra.ie 11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy 16-25 June 2016, Galway, Ireland   This Summer School programme has for the last 10 years attracted young talented filmmakers and professionals from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights.   Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway. This, the 11th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy will run at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media in Galway from 16th to 25th of June 2016.   The Summer School is led by Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings.   Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched.   APPLY NOW! Deadline for application is 30th April 2016. For more information please visit www.chra.ie or email to info@chra.ie. You can also follow our FB page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-School-in-Cinema-Human-Rights-and-Advocacy

Thursday, 7 November 2019

  Lunchtime Seminar “African Cinema and Human Rights” Date: Wednesday 13th November 2019 Time: 1pm to 2pmVenue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, Galway  A discussion of the relevance and difficulties of realising rights cinema in the context of Africa. Screening extracts of films by Gaston Kaboré, and discussing his work in the creation of the Institute Imagine and the production of a FESPACO Newsreel, Rod Stoneman will pay tribute to the major contribution Kaboré has made to politically committed cinema and screen part of an interview with him, which is published in full in a new book, African Cinema and Human Rights, edited Mette Hjort and Eva Jøholt (Indiana University Press 2019).  Rod Stoneman is an Emeritus Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Exeter and the West of England in Bristol. He was the Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Chief Executive of Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television in the United Kingdom. In this role he commissioned and bought and provided production finance for over 50 African feature films. His 1993 article 'African Cinema: Addressee Unknown', has been published in 6 journals and 3 books. He has made a number of documentaries, including Ireland: The Silent Voices, Italy: the Image Business, 12,000 Years of Blindness and The Spindle. He is the author of Chávez: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, A Case Study of Politics and the Media; Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Visual and Educating Filmmakers: Past, Present and Future with Duncan Petrie.   All welcome!  **** Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights

Thursday, 24 October 2019

    Lunchtime Seminar "Building a Prosecution Case"Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, GalwayDate: Wednesday 30th OctoberTime: 12.30pm to 1.30pm   Prof Greg Townsend will give a presentation on "Building a Prosecution Case", detailing the challenges of proving international crimes before international criminal tribunals. He will focus on evidentiary, witness and practical challenges in trials before the ad hoc and hybrid tribunals. After studying at UCLA (B.A.), IUHEI-Université de Genève (D.E.S.), the Fletcher School (M.A.L.D.) and Loyola Law School (J.D.), Gregory Townsend started his legal career as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles.  In 1998, he joined the ICTR and clerked for judge before joining the prosecution, spending more than seven years working on Rwandan genocide cases.  He later became a prosecutor for both the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and ICTY.  He then served as Head of Office for the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague on the trial of Liberian President Charles Taylor.  He joined the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor. From 2014 to 2018, he was chief of the Registry’s Court Services Section at the ICTY and IRMCT, overseeing witness protection and court operations. He lectures in International Law at The Hague Univ. and for UCLA School of Law.      **All Welcome**   Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Lunchtime Seminar  “Fear is contagious, poverty is deadly, Ebola is a virus”   by Prof Martin Cormican  Date: Friday 18 October Time: 1.30pm Venue: Seminar room, Irish Centre for Human Rights Prof Martin Cormican, HSE national lead for healthcare-associated infection and antimicrobial resistance, will talk about his experience during the Ebola crisis in West Africa.  Martin graduated from NUI Galway Medical School in 1986. He trained in Ireland, UK and USA and was appointed Professor of Bacteriology at NUI Galway and Consultant Microbiologist in 1999.  He is director of the GUH National Microbiology Reference Laboratory services which include services for Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae and was appointed as National Clinical Lead for HCAI and AMR to support and urgent response to the epidemic spread of CPE.  His research interests include antibiotic resistance and food borne infection. With colleagues he established a Centre for Health from Environment at NUI Galway to promote research and advocacy on the central role of the environment in enabling people to live fulfilling and joyful lives.   **All Welcome** Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Friday, 25 October 2019

  Lunchtime Seminar  “Jurisdiction And non-States Parties of the International Criminal Court” by Josh Kern  Venue: Seminar Room, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI, GalwayDate: Tuesday 5th November 2019Time: 1pm to 2pm  Josh Kern specialises in complex crime cases with an emphasis on international and transnational criminal law. He is registered on both the International Criminal Court’s (ICC’s) and Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’s List of Assistants to Counsel and is a Member of the American Bar Association’s International Criminal Justice Standards Advisory Group.  Josh has experience as a member of defence teams at the ICC (Kenyatta), ICTY (Prlić), and ECCC (Ieng Sary) and he has appeared in complex extradition cases involving a historical and political dimension in which he has successfully defended extradition requests both as a led junior and as junior alone.  Most recently, through 2018 and into 2019, he has published on the topic of ICC jurisdiction over nationals of non-states parties, as well as on issues relating to the ICC’s Preliminary Examination of the Situation in Palestine. Josh will be speaking on the legal and policy issues which may arise as the ICC’s Chambers address situations which involve the exercise of jurisdiction over nationals of non-State parties absent a Security Council resolution for the first time.          **All Welcome**   Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights  

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Seminar: Accountability for (International) Human Rights Violations: Human Rights Lawyering Skills When: 18th September 2018, 5pm-6.30pm. Venue: Aula Maxima, NUI, Galway. There is no fee for this event, but advance registration is essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accountability-for-international-human-rights-violations-tickets-49807041201 EVENT DESCRIPTION The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) are pleased to announce the launch of a new collaboration which sees the creation of a placement scheme linking the Centre's students to GLAN's international legal actions. To mark this development, the Centre is hosting a seminar bringing together three leading practitioners to share their own insights and experiences in taking legal actions on international human rights issues, the panel includes: Kirsty Brimlow QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers where she is head of their International Human Rights Team. She specialises in international human rights, criminal law, public international, constitutional and international criminal law and has instructed in the most serious, complex and prominent cases in the UK and internationally. Kirsty is Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and also sits on the Advisory Committee of the Global Legal Action Network. Colm O'Dwyer SC (Chair) is an Irish barrister who specialises in human rights, asylum, immigration and public law. Colm regularly pleads before Ireland's Superior Courts, he is a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and was the first Chair of the Bar of Ireland Human Rights Committee. The seminar will begin with a welcome by Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and an introduction to the Global Legal Action Network by its Director Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn.   More about the ICHR-GLAN collaboration GLAN is a unique non-profit organisation that pursues innovative legal actions across borders, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights violations. This summer, GLAN commenced recruiting a select number of the Centre’s LLM and PhD students to provide hands on support for its international legal actions. The 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 online case management systems. Since its inception, GLAN has successfully incorporated clinical legal education into its operations ensuring that students gain meaningful and rewarding experiences that boost the organisation’s capacity and develop its litigation strategies.                       Website:    www.nuigalway.ie/human_rights/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishCentreHRFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/IrishHumanRights