Seminars

 

Upcoming seminars

9th October, 2017 - "Human rights and exploitation of natural resources in the Golan Heights"  by Nizar Ayoub, 1-2pm, Seminar Room, ICHR

 19th October, 2017 – “PROSECUTING THE GENOCIDE AT SREBRENICA” by Peter McCloskey at 7.30, Tyndall theatre

 

Recent seminars

20th March, 2017- "Life After FGM: Women's Stories from The Gambia" by Alice McDowell and Maurice Gunning

13th March, 2017 - "Albinism: a widely misunderstood and exceptionally stigmatised condition" by Deirdre Ní Cheallacháin

 27th February, 2017 - " What 'Brexit means Brexit' may mean for Human Rights" by Professor Laurent Pech.

27th February, 2017 - "International Judges and the Development of International Criminal Law and Humanitarian Law" - a roundtable discussion with Professor Robert Cryer, Birmingham Law School, Professor Joseph Powderly, Leiden Law School, Dr Shane Darcy, Irish Centre for Human Rights.

16th February, 2017 - "EYE Witness Stories of Life in the West Bank of occupied Palestine" with Noirín Healy Magwa, Teacher, Community Worker and Activist.

9th February, 2017 - "Scrap the Act! The Future of Human Rights in the United Kingdom" by Michelle Farrell.

16th January, 2017 - "Monitoring Human Rights in the Gaza Strip" with Samir Zaquot, Director of Monitoring and Awareness, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, Gaza.

 5th December, 2016 - "Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups: How can this work in practice (and why should we bother?)" by Dr. Daragh Murray.

25th November, 2016 - "Cartoons against Human Rights Violations: the case of an Indian Cartoonist" by Aseem Trivedi.

2nd November, 2016 - "The Sociology of International Law" by Joshua Curtis.

18th October, 2016 - "Women and Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo" : Salome Ntububa, Regional Emergency Manager for Central Africa, Christian Aid in DRC.

7th October, 2016 - Prof. Siobhan Wills, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland: "Use of Deadly Force by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti".

27th September, 2016 - Dr. Rick Lines: "Drug Control, Human Rights and International Law".

13th of April 2016 Amnesties in the Basque and Northern Ireland conflicts: a comparative perspective by Roldan Jimeno.

 7th of March 2016 Israel’s Exploitation of Contiguous Gas Resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory by Dr. Susan Power.

February 18 2016 "UN Peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Protection of Civilians" by Professor Ray Murphy

27th of January 2016,Serious violations of human rights in the international legal order. Ilia Siatitsa


The Irish Centre for Human Rights was pleased to have Ilia Siatitsa visiting Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.Her talk concerned serious violations of human rights in the international legal order. Her intriguing talk was well attended and gave the audience a very specific and interesting insight into the legal notions attached to actions of human rights abuses, while situating the concept in the context of international law.The Irish Centre for Human Rights is very thankful to ‌ for the insightful talk and wishes her all the best for the completion of her doctoral dissertation.

Friday, 27th of November 2015. Prof. Davina Durgana. "Human Trafficking and the Criminalization of Buying Sex: Understanding Vulnerability to Trafficking in Europe and Abroad"

The Irish Centre for Human Rights had the profound privilege to welcome Dr. Davina Durgana for a lunchtime seminar on Friday, the 27th of November. Dr. Durgana gave a very intriguing and informative talk on human trafficking and the criminalization of buying sex. Being a human trafficking expert with nine years of experience working in the anti-trafficking field in the United States and abroad, including almost three years of direct victim service provision, Dr. Durgana pointed out to the key concepts, the benefits of statistical modeling, highlighted major issues in Ireland and discussed the impact of legalization of prostitution on human trafficking. In detail, she elaborated on the theoretical construct of human security, drew the attention of the audience to the difference between sex trafficking and sex work, human trafficking and human smuggling, labour trafficking and labour exploitation. The talk ushered in a very vibrant Q & A session with the speaker and the audience. Many thanks to the audience and especially Dr. Durgana for a very thought-provoking talk.

Friday, 20th of November 2015 Rosaleen McDonagh "The Ryan Commission: between justice and re-traumatisation, than and now" 

The Irish Centre for Human Rights was very delighted to have Rosaleen McDonagh for a lunchtime seminar recently.

In her very captivating talk on the Ryan Commission, Rosaleen offered a personal insight on the Commission and exposed the deficiencies of the investigation on human rights abuses. She highlighted the need to be vigilant in times of discrimination and rectify human rights violations, as this is an unfinished business in Ireland. 

 

9th November 2015. Sandra Namutebi, human rights defender from Uganda. LGBTI rights in Uganda – the state of human rights defenders in peril

 

The Irish Centre for Human Rights was very privileged to have human rights defender and LGBTI activist Sandra Namutebi for a lunchtime seminar today, a seminar that was conducted in conjunction with Front Line Defenders.

Sandra's talk was very thought-provoking and intriguing. Sandra spoke on the daily impediments she personally is facing, including the arbitrary arrest of her father, while she detailed the current state of mind of the Ugandan society. She underscored the harassment by governmental officials, the way how the LGBTI community is ridiculed and highlighted the limited space in which human rights defenders have to operate to promote human rights in Uganda.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights would like to warmly thank Sandra and Front Line Defenders for this stimulating talk and also the audience for the vibrant Q&A session.

 

8th November 2015. Visit by Holocaust Survivor Tomi Reichental.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights was very proud to welcome today Holocaust survivor Mr. Tomi Reichental, who has lived in Dublin since the 1960s. In 2004, for the first time in 60 years, Mr. Reichental broke his silence and began to speak about his experiences during the Holocaust. Ever since, he became an inspirational figure by travelling to schools around Ireland to confront the next generation with the devastation that occurred during the 2nd World War. He is the author of the book, "I Was A Boy In Belsen."

In his captivating seminar, titled: "Hell on Earth. Experiences in the Bergen-Belsen camp", Mr. Reichental shared his agonizing memories of the Holocaust: he was captured and deported at the age of 9. At the time of the liberation by the British Army in 1945 Mr. Reichental discovered that 35 members of his family had been murdered.

Organized by the Irish Centre for Human Rights -represented by Professor Ray Murphy- the seminar has attracted over 200 people in the Ryan Institute, NUI Galway.

The talk was entirely given with a yellow star on his chest, capturing a silent and touched audience. At the end of the talk Mr. Reichental signed copies of his book, "I was a boy in Belsen".

We warmly thank all that attended this seminar and we express in particular our gratitude to Mr. Reichental for coming to our Centre and giving this very memorable seminar.



Friday 30th October. Glyn Morgan and Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan "The OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka: the catharsis moment for the protection and promotion of human rights or business as usual? 

Glyn Morgan gave a talk on the 'OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka'. The talk shed light on the history of human rights abuses and the roots of the conflict, while mainly focusing on the working method of the OHCHR investigation and its broader background. Glyn discussed the political and military situation in the country and gave military insights on capability and intent during the last stages of the war in the country. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of such an investigation to highlight human rights violations in order to pave the way for the protection of human rights.

 

Tuesday, 6th of October 2015. Dr.Sriprapha Petcharamesree "Human Rights in ASEAN in times of democracy drawbacks"


23rd March 2015: Dr. Andrea ‌Breslin, 'Human rights ‌‌‌monitoring and the protection of civilians in armed conflict: the case of South Sudan'

 

Dr. Andrea Breslin spoke on her experiences in South Sudan. South Sudan gained independence in 2011after a protracted civil war with the north. At the time of independence, doubts arose as to whether thecountry was equipped and sufficiently stable for its nascent statehood. The seminar examined some ofthe causes of the large-scale conflict that broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, and some of thedrivers and actors involved in the ongoing armed conflict. The seminar explored the implications of therefocused mandate of UNMISS in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2155 (2014), and thechallenges facing human rights monitoring and the protection of civilians in an active armed conflict.Discussion touched on the implementation of the peace agreements and the use of targeted sanctionsas a means to address the conflict.


11th March 2015.  Annette ‌Murtagh. 'Challenges for field investigations in a post-war environment- insights from a practitioner and lessons from the ICTY'


 

On the 11th of March 2015 Sergeant Murtagh gave a lunchtime seminar on ‘The Challenges for FieldInvestigators in a Post War Environment’. Sergeant Murtagh talked about her involvement withininvestigation teams in particular when she was in Kosovo. She highlighted the issues and barriers inrelation to bringing victims and witnesses before the courts and spoke about investigation teams in thefield.Annette Murtagh gave an insight into the investigations that took place in Kosovo in relation togathering evidence of widespread systematic crimes, in particular sexual crimes. Sergeant Murtagh alsotalked about the challenges of interviewing victims because of their cultural background and inparticular in cases of rape or sexual violence.


16th March 2015 Dr ‌ Biao “China- Rights, Resistance and Repression”


The Chinese human rights activist Dr. Teng Biao spoke on the topic “China- Rights, Resistance andRepression” on the 16th of March 2015. Dr. Biao, who was invited by Front Line Defenders to stay inIreland, spoke about his house arrest, revocation of his law license and the torture he had experienced.As an active member of the Weiquan rights defenders movement, Dr. Biao was also one of the foundersof the Open Constitution Initiative and the New Citizens Movement. Dr. Biao eventually had to flee tothe United States, leaving his family behind, and is now a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Biaoexplained that limited progress was achieved on the issue of capital punishment and some reforms havebeen made, for instance, giving China’s highest court the power to overturn death sentences.  Thespeaker stressed that the international community also has a role to play in the fight for democracy andaccountability of the government. He stressed the importance of civil rights lawyers, rather than officiallawyers at international meetings and conferences. Dr. Biao believes by spreading the truth,international public opinion can aid democratic change.


12th February 2015 Ms. Mary Akrami. "Women’s rights in Afghanistan"

The Irish Centre for Human Rights was pleased to have Ms. Mary Akrami for a lunchtime seminar on the12th of February 2015. Ms. Mary Akrami is an Afghan women’s rights activist and the Executive Directorof the Afghan Women Skills Development Center (AWSDC) and the Chair of the Board for the AfghanWomen’s Network (AWN). Mary Akrami, who stayed in Ireland upon the invitation of Front LineDefenders, spoke on the state of women’s rights in Afghanistan. She addressed the establishment of theAWSDC, the first shelter for women at risk in Afghanistan. Mary was prompted to start this shelterbecause she was shocked seeing women sleeping in the street at night.  Her resolve to act washeightened when she read a news story of a woman who had been arrested, and upon her release, wasrejected by her family. Since then, there have been more than 25 shelters established across thecountry.‌