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HRC Events

2020-21, Semester 1

The Human Rights Centre supports a lively seminar series across the academic year. For semester 1 of 2020-202, we are delighted to welcome a range of academics, lawyers and NGO practitioners as speakers. A full schedule of activities will be available soon. Given the current context of Covid-19, all seminars will be hosted online, via MicrosoftTeams. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Human Rights Centre is pleased to announce its Autumn seminar series. All events will take place online, via Microsoft Teams.

11th December 2020 - Scholars at Risk webinar: 'Free to Think'
The Scholars at Risk Ireland Section is pleased to announce the launch of 'Free to Think: Launch of the Scholars at Risk Annual Report 2020' on Friday 11 December 2020 at 2pm. The seminar speaker is scholar at risk, Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu.
This event is supported by QUB's Human Rights Centre, the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival and Universities Ireland. 
More information about Serder is available in the attached. To register, please follow this link:

24 September 2020: McCann Judgement 25th Anniversary Event

Confirmed speakers: Daniel Holder, Committee on the Administration of Justice

  1. Liz Wicks, Leicester Law School, University of Leicester
  2. Stephen Skinner, Law School, University of Exeter

12.30pm – 2pm.


12 October 2020: Prof. Rachel Murray, Director, Human Rights Implementation Centre, University of Bristol Law School.

‘Challenges with implementation of decisions of the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights’.

1pm – 2pm.



21 October 2020: Tim Jacob-Owens, European University Institute.

‘Litigating Irish Language Rights in Northern Ireland’.

1pm – 2pm.



4 November 2020: Dr. James Gallen, Assistant Professor, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University.  

‘Historical Abuses of Church and State and the Transformation of Transitional Justice’.

1pm – 2pm.


19 November 2020: Prof. Lieselotte Viaene, Department of Social Sciences, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

"Human rights and the more-than-human: legal anthropological dialogues"

2pm – 3pm.


3 December 2020: Prof. Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law and Director, Transnational Law Institute, Washington and Less University School of Law.  

‘The Trials of Buchenwald’s Ilse Koch’.

1pm – 2pm.


Past Events

In the Spring of 2020, the Human Rights Centre hosted a series of 'All Island Conversations on Human Rights and Covid-19'. Speakers and topics were:

'Emergency Powers'. Prof. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Professor of Law, Queen's University Belfast; Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society, University of Minnesota Law School; and UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and Liam Herrick, Irish Council for Civil Liberties. 28 April 2020.

'Managing the Dead and the Covid-19 Pandemic: Ethics, Rights and Regulation'. Prof. Heather Conway and Prof. Anne-Maree Farrell, Queen's University Belfast. 6 May 2020.

'Gender, Human Rights and Covid-19'. Dr. Catherine O'Rourke, Transitional Justice, Ulster University and Prof. Siobhan Mullally, NUI Galway. 14 May 2020.

 The seminar series was recorded and if you were not able to join us at the time, please feel free to view them on our YouTube Playlist. Sharing on social media is welcomed and much appreciated.