Human Rights, Migration and Globalization Summer School

The inaugural Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization took place at the Irish Centre for Human Rights from 8 to 12 July 2013. This year’s focus was ’Defining and Promoting Human Rights of Migrants in an Era of Globalization’.  Stimulating presentations were received from an illustrious panel of experts, comprising both practitioners and academics, and led by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, Professor Francois Crépeau. Participants were also afforded the opportunity to present their research on areas ranging thematically from ’Seasonal Workers’ to ’Environmental Migration’ and geographically from Ireland to Mexico and beyond. Presentations were intermixed with illustrative film screenings which grounded theoretical discussions in real life experiences.

The programme also included a range of social activities which allowed the participants to network with each other and the experts outside the confines of the classroom. An intimate and friendly environment throughout the week facilitated a lively and interactive discussion and inspired numerous innovative ideas aimed at combatting the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights. The Summer School was directed and organised by Doctor Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. Administrative and organisational support was provided by Caroline Sweeney, a doctoral fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

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The panel of speakers at the 2013 Summer School included:

  • Prof. Francois Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants and holder of the Hans and Tamara Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at McGill University;
  • Prof. Tomoya Obokata, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Keele University, School of Law;
  • Prof. Michael O'Flaherty, Co-director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission;
  • Ms. Maria Hennessy, Senior Legal Officer at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles;
  • Ms. Helen Lowry, Director of the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland;
  • Ms. Mariette Grange, Senior Researcher at the Global Detention Project of the Program for the Study of Global Migration (Gradate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland);
  • Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, Lecturer and LLM Director at the Irish Centre for Human Rights;
  • Dr. Noelle Higgins, Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights;
  • Mr. Peter Fitzmaurice, Visiting Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.