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PILA Conference: 16 April 2010

March 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) will hold a conference entitled Public interest law in action – using the law to face current challenges

The aim of the conference is to examine the place of and developments in public interest law from an all-island perspective. International speakers from Australia, the UK and the USA will place the discussion in a wider context.  Workshops on children’s rights, debt, housing and social welfare will provide case studies of public interest law in action in Ireland and a forum to discuss future steps.

Venue: Radisson BLU Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8
Date: Friday, 16 April 2010
Time: Registration: 8.45am, conference: 9.30am – 5pm

There is no charge for this event and CPD points will be available. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  To reserve your place at the conference or with any queries, please contact us by phone at (01) 8728048 or by email at info@pila.ie.

Call for Papers: Postgraduate and ECR Workshop with Professor Lois McNay

‘Subjects Before the Law: Membership, Recognition and the Religious Dimensions of Women’s Citizenship.’

We invite PhD students and Early Career Researchers (no more than 3 years post-doc) from any discipline to apply to participate in a workshop, to take place on Thursday, September 9, 2010. The workshop is hosted by the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights and the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork, Ireland. The workshop is organised as part of an IRCHSS Thematic Project on Gender Equality, Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Ireland.

The workshop organisers are Eoin Daly and Máiréad Enright.

Read more…

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC to Speak at UCD

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment

The UCD Law Society sends details of an upcoming lecture on March 24th by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC entitled ‘War Crimes Trials: Should we Bother?’. Sir Geoffrey is a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia at The Hague. The lecture will commence at 7pm in Theatre P of the John Henry Newman Building, UCD Belfield.

Sir Geoffrey’s biography is available here.

Inaugural Annual Law and Society Lecture at DCU: “‘Fatherhood, Law and Personal Life”

March 11, 2010 2 comments

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED  – THE SPEAKER IS UNABLE TO ATTEND DUE TO THE DISRUPTION TO AIRLINE SERVICES CAUSED BY THE VOLCANIC ASH CLOUD.

The School of Law and Government, along with the Socio-Legal Research Centre, at Dublin City University is hosting its Inaugural Annual Law and Society Lecture on Wednesday April 21st, 2010 in the Mella Carroll Lecture Theatre, Nursing Building, DCU. The lecture will begin at 6.30pm and will be followed by a reception.

 

The lecture is entitled

“Fatherhood, Law and Personal Life: Rethinking Debates about Fathers and Law”

and will be delivered by Professor Richard Collier from Newcastle Law School. The Chairperson for the evening will be the Honorable Mrs. Justice Catherine McGuinness, President of the Law Reform Commission.

 

About the Speaker

Richard Collier is Professor of Law at Newcastle University, UK. His primary research interests concern questions around law and gender, with a particular focus on issues surrounding men and masculinities, ranging from law, families and social change to legal education, crime and criminology.

His books include The ‘Man’ Of Law: Essays on Law, Men and Gender (2009),  Masculinity, Law and the Family (1995), Fragmenting Fatherhood: A Socio-Legal Study (with Sally Sheldon, 2008), Masculinities, Crime and Criminology: Men, Corporeality and the Criminal(ised) Body (1998) and Fathers’ Rights Activism and Law Reform in Comparative Perspective (edited with Sally Sheldon, 2007). Richard is an Editorial Board member of Social and Legal Studies.

International Women’s Day and the Women’s Charter

March 8, 2010 1 comment

Today is International Women’s Day. The UN’s Theme for the Day is ‘Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All‘. A directory of Irish events to mark the day is available here.

On March 5, the President of the European Commission launched a ‘Women’s Charter‘, which aims at building a gender perspective into all Commission policies for the next five years.

The Charter presents a series of commitments based on agreed principles of equality between women and men. It aims to promote:

  • equality in the labour market and equal economic independence for women and men, namely through the Europe 2020 strategy;
  • equal pay for equal work and work of equal value by working with Member States to reduce significantly the gender pay gap over the next five years; (In Ireland, the average pay gap stands at 17.1 %)
  • equality in decision-making through EU incentive measures; (see a picture of Irish performance here)
  • dignity, integrity and an end to gender-based violence through a comprehensive policy framework;
  • gender equality beyond the EU by pursuing the issue in external relations and with international organisations.

The Charter will be followed by a new strategy for gender equality to be adopted by the Commission in mid-2010.

Irish Society for Comparative Law Annual Conference

This weekend the Irish Society for Comparative Law will hold its second Annual Conference at Queen’s University Belfast. Liam Thornton (UU), Eoin Daly (UCC) and Aoife Nolan (QUB), all of whom are regular contributors here on HRinI, will be speaking at the conference.

Conference details are available here

Transitional Justice Institute-Summer School 2010

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Summer School on Transitional Justice 2010

Gender, Conflict and Transition

7-11 June 2010, Magee campus

The Transitional Justice Institute is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Summer School on Transitional Justice: Gender, Conflict and Transition.

The Summer School will be held from 7-11th June 2010 at the Magee Campus of the University of Ulster. The Summer School is a week long residential course, consisting of a series of interactive lectures, workshops and roundtable discussions which this year will address the theme of gender and transitional justice.

The summer school is open to anyone with an interest in Transitional Justice. Previous courses have attracted participants from a wide range of international and non-governmental organisations, as well as from universities and government Ministries. These have included participants from Amnesty International; the United Nations, and the OSCE, as well as students from a range of European universities and participants from locally based NGOs such as the Citizens Advice Bureau. This range of participants contributes significantly to the calibre of debate at the summer school, as the wide range of experience and perspective represented pushes the boundaries of received knowledge. Read more…

Lady Hale, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, to speak at QUB

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

The School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast has just announced that Lady Hale, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, will deliver the MacDermott Lecture on Thursday 18th March 2010 at 17:30.

According to Lady Hale’s bio on the UK Supreme Court website,

Lady Hale became the United Kingdom’s first woman Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in January 2004, after a varied career as an academic lawyer, law reformer, and judge. She is now the first woman Justice of The Supreme Court.

After graduating from Cambridge in 1966, she taught law at Manchester University from 1966 to 1984, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar. She specialised in Family and Social Welfare law, was founding editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, and authored a pioneering case book on ‘The Family, Law and Society’.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a statutory body which promotes the reform of the law. Important legislation resulting from the work of her team at the Commission includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also began sitting as an assistant recorder.

In 1994 she became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant rather than a practising barrister. In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first woman Law Lord.

She retains her links with the academic world as Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Visitor of Girton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of Kings College London. A home maker as well as a judge, she thoroughly enjoyed helping the artists and architects create a new home for The Supreme Court.

For further details, contact m.madden@qub.ac.uk

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‘A Fairer Ireland: Equality and Rights At the Heart of Recovery’

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

The Equality and Rights Alliance has produced a document which summarises the proceedings of their recent ‘Fairer Ireland’ conference.

Within the document are links to presenters’ slides and to youtube videos of their speeches. Part 1 of Colm O Cinneide’s speech, for instance – which makes some reference to the Equality Authority’s role in the Portmarnock decision – is here and part 1 of Karen Chouan’s (Equanomics) speech is here.

Hibernian Law Journal: Annual Lecture 2010

January 21, 2010 Leave a comment

The Hibernian Law Journal, published by the students and graduates of the Law Society of Ireland, has sent us details of the 2010 Annual Lecture which will take place at 7pm on 4 February 2010 in the Education Centre of the Law Society (Blackhall Place, Dublin 7).

The annual lecture will be presented by Mr Justice Kevin O’Higgins (left) and is entitled “The Three Courts”. In this lecture Judge O’Higgins will be speaking about his personal experience working as a judge in the Irish Circuit Court,  High Court and the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg (now known as the General Court).

The introduction to the lecture will be given by my colleague Professor Imelda Maher of the UCD School of Law and chaired by Ms Justice Fidelma Macken of the Supreme Court (biography available here). In traditional style, it will be followed by a wine reception.

You can find more information on the lecture here.