'Knocking down the walls of secrecy'

Nov 19 2020 Posted: 09:35 GMT

We are pleased to invite you at the webinar taking place on Monday November 23rd:  

‘Knocking down the walls of secrecy:
The information and privacy rights of those affected by so-called
‘historical' institutional and family separation abuses in Ireland’ 

Dr Maeve O’Rourke


Dr Barry Houlihan

 Time: 1pm-2pm
Date: 23 November 2020 

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Webinar ID: 977 5530 7978
Passcode: 954483  

About the Speakers 

Dr Maeve O’Rourke, PhD (Birmingham), LLM (Harvard), BCL (University College Dublin) is Lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR). She is Programme Director of the BCL Law and Human Rights, a newly established undergraduate degree programme at NUI Galway. She is also Director of the LLM Human Rights Law Clinic at the ICHR.  Since 2010 Maeve has provided pro bono assistance to the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ and she is currently a member of the research group ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research'. She is co-director of the evidence-gathering initiative with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. She is also a lead lawyer on the case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland, currently awaiting judgment on the merits by the UN Committee Against Torture following a landmark admissibility decision in December 2019. Maeve’s legal research and advocacy concerning Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries abuse and the forced separation of unmarried families in Ireland during the 20th century has received international and national recognition; awards include UK Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2013), Ireland Fund of Great Britain ‘Forgotten Irish’ Award (2013), University College Dublin Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award in Law (2014), Ireland/United States Alumni Association Inaugural Emerging Leader Award (2015), Lord Mayor of Dublin Award (2016), and PILnet Local Pro Bono Impact Award (2018).  

Dr. Barry Houlihan is an Archivist at NUI Galway. Barry teaches in disciplines of History, Children's Studies, and Digital Cultures. Barry is project archivist for the Tuam Mother and Baby Home Oral History Project.