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The Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South, Queen's University Belfast

On 22 February we heard from world-leading experts who discussed some of the greatest challenges facing global politics today. 

To what extent do the politics of Brexit and of President Trump affect human rights? Polarized debates about UK, European, and US politics and society have seen different anxieties expressed, and rival futures advocated.

In this public discussion, two of the world’s leading thinkers considered the continuities, complexities, and transformations involved in what some have seen as a new era of western politics.


Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast


Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve, University of Cambridge

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This event is organised in partnership between Queen's University and the British Academy

‌ Speakers 


Professor Chris Mccrudden

Christopher McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s University Belfast and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Until 2011, he was Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. MORE >

He studied law at Queen’s University Belfast, Yale University, and Oxford University.  He holds a first law degree from Queen’s, an LL.M. degree from Yale, a doctorate from Oxford, and an honorary LL.D. from Queen’s. From 2011 to 2014, he held a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust. In 2013-14 he was a Fellow at the Straus Institute at New York University Law School. In 2014-15, he was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

He is a practicing Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London and has been called to both the Northern Ireland Bar and the Bar of England and Wales. His main research focus is on human rights law. Currently, his research deals with the foundational principles underpinning human rights practice. He was awarded the American Society of International Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008. Professor McCrudden is a Fellow of the British Academy.



Baroness Onora O'Neill

Onora O’Neill combines writing on political philosophy and ethics with a range of public activities. She comes from Northern Ireland and has worked mainly in Britain and the US. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006 and Hon Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge. She was President of the British Academy from 2005-9, chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, and has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve). MORE >

She chaired the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2012-16, and is currently on the boards of the Medical Research Council and   the Banking Standards Review.  She lectures and writes on justice and ethics, and in particular on the work of Immanuel Kant.  Recent publications also address questions about accountability and trust, justice and borders, the future of universities, the quality of legislation and the ethics of communication.