European Human Rights Grey Zones: The Legacy of Nagorno-Karabakh

Oct 31 2023 Posted: 15:04 GMT

Join our seminar on 'European Human Rights Grey Zones: The Legacy of Nagorno-Karabakh'.

Date and Time: Tuesday 7th November 12.30pm-1.30pm (followed by a light lunch)
Location: Seminar Room at Irish Centre for Human Rights
Speaker: Dr Andrew Forde
Chair: Prof Siobhán Mullally

Nagorno-Karabakh is a contested region in Azerbaijan which has been a de facto independent state since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. It is one of a number of regions in Europe where Europe's human rights protection architecture has been unable to function effectively for more than three decades. In September 2023, following an extensive military operation by Azerbaijan which resulted in 100,000 people being permanently exiled, the President of Nagorno-Karabakh formally dissolved the state. This session will consider the legacy of the human rights situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and some reflections on possible consequences of the failure to resolve the conflict peacefully.

About the speaker

Dr Andrew Forde is a Visiting Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway. His research focuses on the effectiveness of the European Convention on Human Rights in areas of conflict and his monograph on this topic will be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2024. Dr Forde worked for more than 10 years with the Council of Europe and the OSCE, much of which was spent focused on human rights protection in conflict and post-conflict contexts. He is also a Commissioner on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The opinions expressed are entirely his own. Previous writing on this topic has been published on the international law blog, Opinio Juris.