Brendan O’Leary to Speak at UCD School of Law
Prof. Brendan O’Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science in University of Pennsylvania, will speak at the UCD School of Law on “Departing Responsibly from Iraq” this Thursday evening. The lecture will take place at 5pm in the UCD Legal Education Centre in UCD (Fosters Avenue Entrance) and is not to be missed by anyone interested in the aftermath of the Iraq War.
Brendan O’Leary, born in Cork, is Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently on secondment as the Expert on Power-Sharing attached to the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations. He was schooled in county Antrim, and is a graduate of Oxford and the London School of Economics, where he subsequently was a professor and chair of its Government Department. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nineteen books, most recently How to Get Out of Iraq With Integrity, Terror Insurgency and the State, The Future of Kurdistan in Iraq, and The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Engagements. O’Leary was a policy advisor to the British Labour Party on Northern Ireland between 1988 and 1996, and subsequently advised Irish, British and American officials and parties before during and after the Good Friday Agreement. His book with John McGarry on Policing Northern Ireland: Proposals for a New Start was extensively cited by the Patten Commission. Between 2003 and 2009 he was regularly a constitutional advisor to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq. He has also been a constitutional consultant for in Somalia, South Africa, and Nepal. His next book, co-edited with Joanne McEvoy, will be on Power Sharing in Deeply Divided Places.
Anyone interested in attending should pre-register their interest with Gina Molloy at gina.molloy[at]ucd.ie