Wednesday, 5 October 2022

A new publication, 'Persecution of Palestinian Civil Society: Epistemic Violence, Silencing, and the Apartheid Framework', co-authored by Rania Muhareb, Irish Research Council and Hardiman PhD Scholar, and Pearce Clancy,  Irish Research Council PhD Scholar, from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, as well as colleagues at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies and Al-Haq, has just been released.  The publication can be downloaded in its entirety at https://www.palestine-studies.org/en/node/1653268. Abstract Palestinian civil society is currently facing an existential threat. On August 18, 2022, the Israeli occupying authorities raided and forcibly closed seven leading Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations, threatening to further detain several of their directors should they continue their human rights work. On October 19, 2021, six of the organizations were arbitrarily designated as “terror organizations” by the Israeli defense minister under Israel's so-called Count- er-Terrorism Law of 2016. The latest escalation of attacks against Palestinian civil society forms part of a systematic policy to silence and delegitimize all forms of Palestinian resistance to Israeli oppres- sion, including efforts to seek justice under international law. This monograph argues that silencing and delegitimization of Palestinian human rights advocacy, as epistemic violence, constitute key tools to entrench Israeli apartheid over the Palestinian people as a whole. The arguments here draw on Article 2(f) of the 1973 Apartheid Convention, which recognizes as an inhuman act of apartheid the “persecution of organizations and persons, by depriving them of fundamental rights and freedoms, because they oppose apartheid.” Through the weaponization of “terrorism” smears, the Israeli regime seeks to discredit decades of Palestinian antiapartheid knowledge production, mobilization, activism, and advocacy for Palestinian liberation, and to justify the very oppression Palestinian civil society is working to challenge. Thus, in the growing international movement against Israeli apartheid, it remains essential to lend support to the work of Palestinian civil society, to reject the baseless designa- tions by the Israeli occupying authorities, and to elevate the experiences of and knowledge production by Palestinians who are directly affected by Israeli apartheid. This monograph is a part of our collabo- rative series with Against Apartheid and Racial Discrimination (AARDi) in which we aim to further uncover the systemic racism of the Israeli apartheid state.

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

The Irish Centre for Human Rights is delighted to host a seminar with Ms Devota Nuwe and Dr David Tshimba, Refugee Law Project, Makerere University School of Law, Kampala, Uganda. This is an opportunity to hear about the work of RLP and participate in a discussion on protection and prevention of harm in the context of forced migration. This seminar is part of the project ''. Date: Tuesday 11th October 2022Location: Seminar Room, Irish Centre of Human RightsTime: 11am - 12.30pm (Followed by Lunch, Vegan/ Vegetarian options will be available, please feel free to let us know of any other dietary requirements) Speakers: Ms Devota Nuwe (Acting Co-Director, Head of Programs, RLP)Dr David Tshimba (Senior Research Fellow, RLP) Registration is available via EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/seminar-with-ms-devota-nuwe-and-dr-david-tshimba-refugee-law-project-tickets-427912968207

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

The second event in the new Queer Seminar Series will be held online at 4pm on Thursday 13 October. Professor Dean Spade will be presenting on ‘Queer Rights and Mutual Aid Across Social Movements’. Registration is available via EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/queer-rights-and-mutual-aid-across-social-movements-tickets-428462200977?keep_tld=1 Dean’s book, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law was published by South End Press in 2011. A second edition with new writing was published in 2015 by Duke University Press. In 2015, Dean released a one-hour video documentary, Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!, which can be watched free online with English captions or subtitles in several languages. Dean’s new book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the next)  was published by Verso Press in October 2020.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Book Discussion on '9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law: How the UN Security Council Rules the World' (CUP 2021) About this event Twenty years after the outbreak of the threat posed by international jihadist terrorism, which triggered the need for democracies to balance fundamental rights and security needs, 9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law offers an overview of counter-terrorism and of the interplay among the main actors involved in the field since 2001. This book aims to give a picture of the complex and evolving interaction between the international, regional and domestic levels in framing counter-terrorism law and policies. Targeting scholars, researchers and students of international, comparative and constitutional law, it is a valuable resource to understand the theoretical and practical issues arising from the interaction of several levels in counter-terrorism measures. It also provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the United Nations Security Council. Participants in the book will discuss their contributions and the volume overall: Prof. Arianna Vedaschi (Bocconi University),  Prof. Martin Scheinin (EUI and Oxford University, former UN Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism),  Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (University of Minnesota and Queens University of Belfast, current UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism),  Dr. Chiara Graziani (Bocconi University)  Prof. Daniel Alati, (McEwan University) ** Register for this free event on Eventbrite. **  ‘Since 9/11, the UN Security Council has become a global counter-terrorism legislator and actor. This impressive collection provides much needed analysis and critique of how the emergency intervention of the Security Council two decades ago has become normalized. It examines the Security Council’s significant and surprising impact on domestic laws and practices targeting terrorism financing, pre-crime, listing, internet censorship and intelligence co-operation.’ Kent Roach - author of The 9/11 Effect and Comparative Counter-Terrorism Law

Tuesday, 13 September 2022

A conference on 'Teaching the Dark History of Ireland's Institutions: Engaging Secondary Educators' takes place on Saturday, 15 October, from 11am to 4pm. The event is being organised by ICHR PhD student Mary Harney, and LLM students from the Human Rights Law Clinic. Registration is now open on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/teaching-irelands-dark-history-of-institutional-abuse-engaging-educators-tickets-417883098597? Programme Saturday October 15th 2022 10.30 A.M.- 4.00 P.M Session One 10. 30 - 11.00 Registration and refreshments 11.00 - 11.10 Welcome from the LLM Students. 11.10 - 11.30 Opening Remarks, Siobhan Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, University of Galway & Catherine Connolly, TD (independent) Galway West and Ceann Comhairle of the Dail 11.35 - 12.30 Teaching Sensitive Subjects: A lesson on teaching the Holocaust: Holocaust Education Ireland 12.30 - 13.30. 'Perspectives and Model Lesson Plans.' Waterford Institute of Technology and the LLM students will share their lesson plans and provide feedback on their experiences of taking the model into schools. 13.30 - 14.15. Lunch Session Two 14.15 - 15.00 ‘How do we create an inclusive history of Ireland’s institutions?’ Participants to be divided into smaller groups representing those directly affected, students and teachers 15.05 - 15.45 Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Head of the Department of History, the University of Galway: ‘Teaching the History of Ireland’s Institutions: From the Foundling Institutions to the Mother and Baby Institutions’.  15.45 - 16.00 Closing Remarks Visitor to the University of Galway? Consult the Campus Map.

Friday, 2 September 2022

‘Qatar 2022: Did the human rights community just miss an open goal?’ Dr Nicholas McGeehan, FairSquare (former Human Rights Watch) Date: Wednesday 7th September, 11amVenue: Áras Moyola (MY243) Nick McGeehan is co-director of human rights NGO FairSquare and a former senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, where he led the organisation's work on the Qatar 2022 World Cup for five years. He has a Phd from the European University Institute, he has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on migrant workers' rights in the Gulf, and he has written extensively on the nexus of sport and human rights.        

Friday, 2 September 2022

Film Screening: ‘Not just your picture: The story of the Kilani family’ Followed by discussion with filmmaker Anne Paq Áras Moyola (MY243), Wednesday 7th September, 3pm ‘China’s persecution of the Uyghurs: A personal account’ With Sofiya Öztürk Áras Moyola (MY129), Friday 9th September, 12.30 All welcome - no registration necessary.  

Friday, 26 August 2022

 Conference on 'Lighting the Shade: Effective Application of ECHR in Areas of Conflict in Europe' Date: 1st of September 2022Location: Aula Maxima, NUI, Galway The Irish Centre for Human Rights and the School of Law at NUI Galway hosted an academic conference on the topic of 'Lighting the Shade: Effective Application of ECHR in Areas of Conflict in Europe'. The Conference was organised within in the framework of Ireland's Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The event  examined the practice of the Council of Europe’s human rights system in European territories where CoE mechanisms cannot function freely and effectively from both normative and operational perspectives. Speakers considered how the system might be better leveraged to improve the effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights throughout Europe. Update (22/09): The final version of the Conference Conclusions can be downloaded here: ICHR ECHR Conference Conclusions 2022. The speech by Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, can be accessed here. Note: This event was organised solely and entirely by the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Department of Foreign Affairs  contributed to the funding of the conference as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, 2022. The Department had no role in the agenda or content of the event. Watch the entire event on YouTube Event Programme  0920h Welcome: Prof Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh, President of NUI Galway  0930h Opening remarks: Minister/Deputy Min for Foreign Affairs  Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe  0955h Special Guest Video Address: Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland / Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights / Chair of the High-Level Reflection Group to advise on the future role of the Council of Europe 10h Context-setting: The Challenge of Ensuring Effectiveness of the ECHR in Areas of Conflict in Europe,  Dr Andrew Forde, Visiting Fellow, Irish Centre for Human Rights 1020h Establishing ‘Jurisdiction’ in times of conflict and transition under the European Convention on Human Rights, Dr Stuart Wallace, Associate Professor, University of Leeds 1045h Coffee/Tea/Networking 11h – 12h Panel Discussion: Jurisdictional Challenges under the ECHR in cases linked to Areas of Conflict and Contestation in Europe Moderator: Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director of Irish Centre for Human Rights / United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Prof Philip Leach, University of Middlesex, UK Prof Başak Çalı, Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany Dr Isabella Risini, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany 1215 -1230h The Role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in relation to Conflicts in Europe Mr Claude Kern, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President of the Sub-Committee on Conflicts concerning Council of Europe member States 1245h - 14h Lunch  14h – 1415h Maximising the Effectiveness of the ECHR: A Perspective from the Constitutional Court of Kosovo, Gresa Caka-Nimani, President of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo 1430h – 1530h Panel Discussion: Ensuring Unrestricted Human Rights Monitoring and Advisory Access to European territories Moderator: Prof Aoife Nolan, Vice-President, European Committee on Social Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham. Claudia Lam, Deputy Director, Office of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights  Clare Ovey, Head of Department of Department for the Execution of Judgments, Council of Europe Mark Kelly, Member, Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) Olena Ivantsiv, Protection Manager / Europe and Central Asia, Frontline Defenders 1530- 1545h Coffee/Tea/Networking 15.45h – 17h Towards a more practical and effective European human rights system  Moderator: Dr Ed Bates, University of Leicester Nils Muižnieks, European Director - Amnesty International, former CoE Commissioner for Human Rights  Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia (European Network of National Human Rights Institutions) Jörg Polakiewicz, Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law (Legal Adviser) of the Council of Europe Pavel Cazacu, PromoLex NGO , Republic of Moldova

Friday, 12 August 2022

This webinar occurred on August 9, 2022 and examined how interdependence, a key tenet of human rights frameworks, elucidates the inherent challenges posed by the reproductive rights crisis You can find a recording of the event on the UICHR YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/iR0xj4D9ncU  

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

 Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake (Irish Centre for Human Rights) and Prof Eilionoir Flynn (Centre for Disability Law and Policy) have been awarded a new grant from UN Women to undertake a study on the legal needs of women with intellectual disability and psychosocial disability in Asia and the Pacific. The project will employ an administrative staff member, a research assistant, and a post-doctoral researcher to collaborate with partner organisations in the region, co-develop a legal needs survey with disabled women, deliver the survey to at least 50 participants, and analyse the results. The aim is that the project leads on to a larger law reform effort to realise the right to legal capacity and access to justice of disabled women in Asia and the Pacific.

Thursday, 7 July 2022

 We are delighted announce the new appointment of Dr. Gillian Kane who will commence her position as a Post Doc researcher alongside Professor Siobhan Mullally. Gillian is working on the Irish Research Council COALESCE project on Human Trafficking in Uganda. Biography – Dr Gillian KaneGillian is a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway. She is currently working on an Irish Research Council COALESCE project exploring human trafficking, forced migration and gender equality in Uganda. Prior to joining NUI Galway, Gillian completed her PhD research - on the role of international law in preventing and tackling human trafficking among refugees and asylum seekers - in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. She is also co-chair of the Human Trafficking Research Network (based at QUB Human Rights Centre), a Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative, and a trustee at Chab Dai UK.  Human Trafficking, Forced Migration and Gender Equality in UgandaProject web page: https://www.nuigalway.ie/irish-centre-human-rights/public/projects/uganda/The project analyses the operationalization of international and regional human rights standards on human trafficking in Uganda, focusing particularly on the gender and child rights dimension of human trafficking among forced migrants i.e., refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). The project explores how and whether the State is moving beyond a criminal justice-centered approach to combating human trafficking.  Investigating this, the project analyses the potential of international and regional human rights standards to reform laws, policies and practice towards a human rights-based approach that focuses on prevention of trafficking and protection of the rights of victims/survivors of trafficking. The research is funded by the Irish Research Council (COALESCE fund) and is being undertaken in partnership between the Irish Centre for Human Rights - under the direction of project PI Professor Siobhán Mullally - and the Refugee Law Project, an indigenous Ugandan organisation and outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University.  

Friday, 24 June 2022

A new LLM module on Critical Race Theory has been announced! The module will explore the overlap between Critical Race Theory and Human Rights Law. It will identify the tensions between them, as well as the potential for human rights law to be a tool for creating solutions to the social justice issues identified by Critical Race Theory. Topics will include: Racist Origins of International Law, Problematic Developments in Human Rights, and Protecting Rights of Racial Minorities. The new module has been designed by Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake, who will also be teaching the module in Semester 2 (2022/23).

Monday, 30 May 2022

LLM students Emily Williams, Fernanda Souza, Holly Hayes, James Spillane, Maria Tapias Serrano and Shauna Joyce, who have been working with Mary Harney as part of the Human Rights Clinic, have recently launched a 5 episode-series' podcast titled 'My Country is My Prison'. The podcasts aim to promote awareness of human rights violations perpetrated against women and children in Ireland's institutions in the 20th century. The students stated: "We have developed this podcast to consolidate information regarding Ireland's so-called 'historical' institutional abuses. We aim to explore these ongoing human rights violations in simple terms to help educate young people or those who are not familiar with these institutions. Our goal is to inform younger generations why this issue is relevant today and why we must keep working for justice." The podcasts "highlight the continuing human rights abuses currently being experienced by survivors of the institutions, namely those of the Mother and Baby Institutions, the Industrial Schools, and the Magdalene Laundries." The episodes discuss the following issues: Adoption and the Right to Identity, Industrial Schools and Children's Rights, the Abuse of Women's Rights in Ireland's institutions, as well as Ireland's Continuing Obligations Today and Moving Forward. The students interviewed the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection to the Government of Ireland, Dr Connor O'Mahony, for the fifth episode on Ireland's continuing human rights obligations. They also released a bonus episode with a full interview conducted with Elizabeth Coppin, survivor of Magdalene Laundries, who has brought her case before the United Nations' Committee Against Torture. All episodes are available to listen on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Olil8kdrzQk8M9ykjnW6R?si=bccd9d3c91d44ec0 Check 'My Country is My Prison' podcast on social media channels:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mycountryismyprisonpodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/mcimp_podcast   

Monday, 2 May 2022

Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway  13-16 June 2022 The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights will take place from 13-16 June 2022. This is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court and in which participants follow a series of intensive lectures and events over several days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals, including those working at the International Criminal Court. The interactive and stimulating course is particularly suited to postgraduate students, legal professionals, scholars and those working for non-governmental and intergovernmental organisation. Participants will gain knowledge of the Court’s structures and operations, its jurisdiction and applicable laws. Lectures will address the core crimes, including of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and aggression, the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction, defences, procedure and evidence and the participation of victims in proceedings. Speakers will include:    Prof William Schabas (Middlesex University) Dr Fabricio Guariglia (International Development Law Organisation)  Prof Ray Murphy (Irish Centre for Human Rights) Dr Rod Rastan (Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court) Kate Gibson (Defence Counsel, International Criminal Court/Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals)  Prof Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights) Dr Guénaël Mettraux (Judge, Kosovo Specialist Chambers) Dr Noelle Quenivet (University of the West of England) Nada Kiswanson (Independent Victims Counsel at the International Criminal Court) Dr James Nyawo (School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies, Kenyatta University) Maria Elena Vignoli (Human Rights Watch)  Dr Roisin Mulgrew (National University of Ireland Galway)  This year’s Summer School will take place online in line with the restrictions associated with Covid-19. Daily sessions will run live from 9:30am until 3:30pm. Registration is now open, with a fee of €75. Refunds are available for cancelled bookings but subject to a processing fee of €15. There is no fee for students of the National University of Ireland Galway.  For queries, please e-mail humanrights@nuigalway.ie.The full programme and registration is available at: ClearbookingsFor updates you can follow us on twitter @iccsummerschool  

Thursday, 5 May 2022

The Irish Centre for human rights in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland Galway is delighted to invite you to a one-day online international conference on: The role of Transitional Justice (TJ) Archives after war and dictatorship: International experiences and the case of Colombia.The purpose of the conference is to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from different countries to discuss best practices and lessons learnt about the preservation, access policies and uses of the archives produced by truth commissions, special tribunals and memory sites.The second part of the conference welcomes the participation of professionals and academics involved in the on-going Integrated System of Transitional Justice in Colombia. They will discuss the significance and challenges ahead related to the management and access policies of the archives produced by the current TJ mechanisms.  Languages: the Conference will be streamed via Zoom in both English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be available.  Opening the conference: Conflict Textiles as Counter Archives in Truth Commission ProcessesRoberta Bacic (Curator of the Transnational Conflict Textiles Collection, Chile)Professor Gillian Robinson (Ulster University, UK)Breege Doherty (Conflict Textiles Archivist & Assistant Curator, UK)  First Panel: International ExperienceDr Trudy Petersons (Certified Archivist, US)Prof. Emilio Crenzel (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)Maria Luisa Ortiz (Museum of Memory, Chile)Prof. Ruth Elena Borja Santa Cruz (National University of San Marcos, Peru)  Second Panel: The case of ColombiaProf. Flor Alba Romero Medina (National University of Colombia)Oscar Parra Vera (Special Jurisdiction for Peace, JEP, Colombia)Folco Zaffalon (Truth Commission, Colombia)  The Conference will be streamed in both English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be available. For more information and registration, please visit the website https://bit.ly/3MKLVSN

Friday, 8 April 2022

In April 2022, the Irish Centre for Human Rights hosted a seminar'Queer Human Rights in Practice' which was the launch of a new Queer Human Rights Seminar series. The event consisted of a welcome introduction from Anna Arstein-Kerslake and Ekaterina Yahyaoui and presentations from civil rights attorney Lucas Cameron-Vaughn (he/him) and immigration attorney Casey Bryant (they/them).  Lucas Cameron-Vaughn (he/him) is a civil rights attorney who has litigated both civil and criminal matters in United States’ state and federal courts. Lucas is currently serving as the managing attorney for a state court where he works with judges to ensure the constitutional operation of civil trial courts of equity and supervises the staff attorneys. Lucas worked as a private practitioner prior to working in the court system. He has worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Transgender Law Center in Oakland, California. Lucas is currently the board chair of the National Trans Bar Association and a board member of the LGBT section of the Tennessee Bar Association. He often teaches and speaks about civil rights litigation as a CLE panellist. Prior to working with the courts, Lucas represented clients in a variety of civil rights related matters and defended people charged with federal crimes. Lucas was a juvenile justice & health law and policy fellow when he investigated and pursued civil impact litigation regarding various constitutional protections for children charged with crimes as adults and held in solitary confinement in adult state prisons prior to trial, resulting in legislative enactment of 2018 Tenn. Pub. Acts No. 1045, which made conditions safer for children in custody in Tennessee. In law school, Lucas completed an AUCD fellowship in disability law and policy.  Casey Bryant (they/them) is an immigration attorney who represents individuals in removal proceedings in the U.S. Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Court. Casey is the founding Executive Director of the Advocates for Immigrant Rights (AIR) which is a non-profit organization based in Memphis, TN. Casey serves on the Executive Board for the LGBT Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Board Chair of OUTMemphis, a local LGBTQ non-profit center, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Asylum is the focus of Casey's work, an area of U.S. that applies international human rights law on a domestic level. As the ED, Casey sets policies for AIR that center claims for the most vulnerable populations, especially LGBTQI+ individuals. In addition to individual representation, Casey often presents on topics of immigration law and how it relates to various areas of jurisprudence in partnership with the University of Memphis and several bar associations. Casey is a graduate of the City University of New York, earning a Juris Doctorate in 2010.

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Congratulations to both teams from the Irish Centre for Human Rights that competed in the Irish Red Cross Corn Adomnáin  Moot Court Competition in Cork on Saturday.  After a hard fought but thoroughly enjoyable competition, Team A comprising Saskia Heineken, Sarah Cox and Mohammad Al Asttal from the Centre emerged the clear winner. The photograph above shows the winning team and cup, and the group photo below includes the second team from the Centre comprising Anthony O’Shea, Charlotte Brouxel and Rania Hattab. 

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

  We are pleased to invite you to the lunchtime seminar“Between Ireland and Colombia: a conversation on Irish Diplomacy and the Colombian Peace Agreement” with Ambassador Fiona Nic Dhonnacha on Tuesday 22nd March   “Between Ireland and Colombia: a conversation on Irish Diplomacy and the Colombian Peace Agreement”  With  Fiona Nic DhonnachaAmbassador of Ireland to Colombia  Date: 22nd March 2022   Time: 01:00 – 02:00 PM (Irish Standard Time)08:00 – 09:00 AM (Bogotá) Join Zoom Meeting Speaker’s Biography Ambassador Fiona Nic Dhonnacha has represented Ireland in Colombia since October 2021. Prior to this, she was seconded from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the National Security Analysis Centre in the Department of the Taoiseach. She has served in the Consulate General of Ireland to Hong Kong as Deputy Consul General, and in the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara, Turkey, with responsibility for Consular Affairs, Culture and Education. As Deputy Director in the Department’s Asia Pacific Unit, she led at different stages on Ireland’s engagement with China, North East Asia, and South East Asia. She has also worked in policy roles in the Department’s International Security Policy Section, Political Division, primarily dealing with Ireland’s engagement in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, and Anglo-Irish Division, where she worked as Desk Officer dealing with political relations and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

  Human Rights Watch Film Festival taking place March 17-25. Check out Human Rights Film Watch on the following link: https://ff.hrw.org/london Get a £4/ €4 ticket to stream the films at the @hrwfilmfestival by entering code: IRLRIGHTS22 at checkout. Free tickets are available first-come first-served for any member of the public who needs them by emailing filmticket@hrw.org We don't want the cost of a ticket to be a barrier for participation. Students can email filmticket@hrw.org and free ticket codes will be sent to you.  Here are some short videos each of the filmmakers made to tell the audience about their film - and why it's so important at this time for people to see it:   Eternal Spring filmmaker pitch video  Boycott pitch video  Myanmar Diaries pitch video 

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

  Annual Lecture: Politicizing Human Rights in Palestine/Isreal With Professor Anat Biletzki -Albert Schweitzer Professor of Philosophy Date: Tuesday 15th March 2022 Time: 18.00 – 19.30 Venue: Human Biology Building, GO19 Large Lecture Theatre, NUI, Galway Registration via Eventbrite: Eventbrite  The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture was established in 2013 to provoke discussion and debate about the range of issues affecting human rights defenders as they work tirelessly to bring about changes and build robust civil societies. The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, law, human rights or politics. About the Annual LectureSince 2013, we have had the pleasure of hosting the following speakers for the lecture – philosopher, political activist and social critic, Prof. Noam Chomsky; digital security expert Bruce Schneier; writer, philosopher and philanthropist, Dr. Sigrid Rausing; Czech philosopher and Charter 77 signatory, Prof. Jan Sokol; Nigeria-born lawyer and author, Hauwa Ibrahim Esq.; and American philosopher, Prof. Martha Nussbaum. Topics have covered a range of issues including the responsibility of states to protect human rights actors; the journey from dictatorship to democracy in Czech Republic and the role played by human rights defenders; and online insecurity and the effects on human rights defenders. See past lectures here: https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/annual-front-line-defenders-lecture

Thursday, 24 February 2022

The following event is co-hosted by the Centre of Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and Institute for International Law & Humanities at Melbourne Law School, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway   "Recognising Personhood" Launch of Special Issue in Griffith Law Review   Date: Thursday 3rd of March 2022 Time: 8am – 9am   Join us for the launch of a Special Issue on Recognising Personhood, which brings together some of the leaders in the field of legal personhood. Dr Erin O'Donnell(Melbourne Law School) and Dr Anna Arnstein-Kerslake (Melbourne Law School) will be joined by Dr Anne Poelina (Nulungu Institute of Research, University of Notre Dame) in a conversation with the some of the authors. More information is available on the webpage.

Thursday, 17 February 2022

 On Friday 25 March 2022, the Irish Centre for Human Rights in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland Galway will host the Galway Business and Human Rights Symposium 2022. The theme this year is “The Contribution of the UN Treaty Bodies to Business and Human Rights”. Professor Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights will give the opening address. This will be followed by a panel discussion with a number of UN treaty body members, academic experts and practitioners. This year's symposium will take place online and you can register now for a free place here.  Galway Business and Human Rights Symposium 2022The Contribution of the UN Treaty Bodiesto Business and Human Rights  Friday 25 March 202212-4pm  School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway (via Zoom)  Speakers           Professor Olivier de Schutter, Université catholique de Louvain, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human RightsDr Mikiko Otani, Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of the ChildProfessor Gentian Zyberi, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Member, UN Human Rights CommitteeDr Tara van Ho, University of EssexDr Carlos Lopez, International Commission of Jurists  To reserve a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-business-and-human-rights-symposium-2022-tickets-259403150807  

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

  News updates from the ICHR:   To coincide with the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we have an essay on our blog ‘Bloody Sunday at Fifty: Strasbourg, Saville and the Search for Justice’ by our Deputy Director, Prof Shane Darcy. https://ichrgalway.wordpress.com/.../bloody-sunday-at.../   Our Director Prof Siobhan Mullally, in her role as UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, has made a submission to the International Criminal Court in relation to the appeal of Dominic Ongwen concerning crimes of sexual slavery, enslavement and trafficking in persons. https://www.icc-cpi.int/Pages/record.aspx?docNo=ICC-02/04-01/15-1958   Prof Ray Murphy has an article on RTE Brainstorm regarding Russian naval exercises off the coast of Ireland: https://www.rte.ie/.../1275701-russia-military-exercises.../   Finally, the actor Mark Ruffalo, shared details of a recent report by the Irish Centre for Human Rights to his 7.8 millions followers on twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkRuffalo/status/1486438795729797120?

Thursday, 20 January 2022

  ‘The Constitution Making-Process in Chile: Human Rights at the Heart of this Historical Process’  with Professor Gonzalo Aguilar Cavallo  Professor of Constitutional law, Human Rights law, and Environmental LawUniversity of Talca, Chile    Time: 01:00 – 02.00 PM (Irish Standard Time) 10.00 – 11.00 AM (Santiago Chile)   Date: 24th January 2022 Join Zoom Meeting   Speaker Bio Gonzalo Aguilar Cavallo is a professor of Constitutional law, Human Rights law, and Environmental Law at the University of Talca, Chile. He is a Chilean Lawyer and holds a PhD in Law and a Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He completed a post doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany). Professor Aguilar Cavallo is currently the vice-director of the Chilean Centre for Constitutional Studies (Centro de Estudios Constitucionales de Chile, Santiago, Chile) and the Director of the LLM programme in Constitutional Law (Magister en Derecho Constitucional) of the same institute.