'Chinese Human Rights and Human Rights Education in China'
Wednesday 27th November
CCJHR and Frontline Defenders seminar with:
Professor Bai Guimei, Professor of Law, Peking University
3-4.30pm, Moot Court Room, 1st floor, Áras na Laoi, UCC (1st floor)
Professor Bai is currently a Full Professor at Peking University Law School, where she lectures about international law and human rights protection. She is also Program director of the Human Rights Master Program jointly run by Peking University Law School and Raoul Wallenburg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden. In 1995, she was the Chair of the NGO Forum in Huairou on Women and Law organized by the All China Women's Prosecutors Association during the Fourth World Women's Conference. In 2006, she attended the reviewing of China's national report to CEDAW in New York as a member of one of the NGOs in China. She has a number of publications including the 2007 textbook “International Law”.
Front Line Defenders, in association with UCC Centre for Global Development and Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights
invite you to
"Freedom of Expression in Syria"
Director of the Syrian Centre for Media & Freedom of Expression
Wednesday 27th November 2013 at 6 p.m.
Room G10, Civil Engineering Building, UCC
Yara Bader has played a key role in reporting the daily developments in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in early 2011. She is married to prominent Syrian human rights defender Mazen Darwish, who is also a journalist and who, up until his arrest, was the Director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM).
In a raid on the SCM offices by Syrian Intelligence in February 2012, Darwish, Bader and 14 of their colleagues were detained and taken to the Air Force Intelligence facility, notorious for the abuse and torture of detainees. Bader and her female colleagues were released within a week, but Darwish has remained imprisoned to this date. For several months he was held incommunicado and, according to the reports from other detainees, he has been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. Today, Bader works from exile, campaigning for Syrian detainees and continuing the work of the SCM.
‘National Human Rights Commissions: Giving Teeth to International Treaties’
Professor Brian Burdekin AO
Thursday 7th November 2013, 3.00-5.00pm
Venue: Western Gateway Building, room 304
Department of Government
Central for Criminal Justice and Human Rights
Faculty of Law
University College Cork
(No advance booking or registration required)
among students of international human rights law at University College Cork (UCC)
Monday 30 September 2013
In conjunction with the European Parliament Office in Ireland, students of international human rights law at University College Cork debated and voted on the nominees for the 2013 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Monday 30 September, thus drawing attention to the individual human rights issues to which the prize related. This public event took place in the Moot Court room in the UCC Faculty of Law, in conjunction with the UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR). This was the second time in which such an event had taken place in UCC.
As part of the event, individual nominees from among those submitted to the Parliament by political groups or 40 MEPS were represented by the students, who each gave a short presentation, and argued the case for the award to be given to “their” nominee.
Following the presentations, the floor was opened for a lively debate between all participants, with a series of questions being posed to each team of students regarding the merits of specific nominees and on the criteria for their selection.
The audience was then asked to vote on which of the nominees to recommend for the 2013 Sakharov Prize.
The results of this vote by secret ballot were as follows:
- Reeyot Alemu and Eskinder Nega, (Ethiopia): 2 votes
- Ales Bialatski, Eduard Lobau and Mykola Statkevich on behalf of all political prisoners in Belarus (Belarus): 0 votes
- Mikhail Khodorkovsky (Russia): 4 votes
- Edward Snowden (USA): 4 votes
- The “Standing Man” protests in Turkey (Turkey): 1 vote
- The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery (USA): 4 votes
- Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan): 5 votes
Malala Yousafzai was thus chosen as the 2013 winner of the vote by the UCC participants, with a joint second place for three other nominees: Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Edward Snowden and the CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery.
The students taking part in the debate were all following an LLM course on International Human Rights Law. The team of students successfully putting the case for the winning candidate were: Christine Burbach, John Couglan and Marshall Alenyo.
Following the debate, the students expressed their appreciation of the event and the opportunity to research both individual human rights defenders and the specific violations of human rights that each nominee represented. There was a high level of debate and discussion on the nominees selected by the students, and each group comprehensively answered challenging questions as to why their nominee was most appropriate to be the 2013 European Parliament Sakharov Prize Laureate.
The organiser of the event was Dr Dug Cubie, in conjunction with Francis Jacobs of the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, and with the support of Professor Siobhán Mullally, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights.
The students and Faculty also wish to convey their thanks to the European Parliament Office in Ireland, and to Francis Jacobs in particular, for facilitating this stimulating debate on seven worthy candidates for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013.
Racism and Hate Crimes in Ireland: Is the Legislative and Policy Framework Adequate?
Conference: 4th October 2013
Venue: Brookfield Health Science Building, College Road, Room G10, University College Cork
Time: 1.15 – 5.00pm (registration begins at 1.00pm)
Hosted by NASC, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC
- Michael Farrell, Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and Senior Solicitor with FLAC
- David Joyce, Barrister at Law, Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission and of the Board of the Equality Authority
- Deputy Aodhan O’Riordain, T.D.
- Stephen O’Hare, Policy and Research Officer, ICCL
- Carole-Anne O’Brien, BelongTo Youth Services
- Seamus Taylor, NUI Maynooth
- Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick
Chair: Prof Síobhán Mullally, Director, CCJHR, UCC
The conference is free to attend. To register, please email: email@example.com
3.5 CPD group hours available
Follow us on Twitter: @CCJHRlawucc - Hashtag for Today's Event is: #RacismConf
The CCJHR, Faculty of Law reserves the right to substitute and to rearrange presentations if necessary.
The 6th volume of the Irish Yearbook of International Law co-edited by Prof Siobhán Mullally and Prof Fiona de Londras has just been published (Hart Publishing: Oxford), with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and A&L Goodbody Solicitors. This volume features a symposium on climate justice, including an essay from Mary Robinson, as well as shorter articles, book reviews, and a documents section. It also features reflections from former colleagues on the work of the late Kevin Boyle. The full Table of Contents is available here. Volumes I to VI can be ordered through Hart or Amazon (as individual volumes).