Rights in Conflict: Socio-Legal and Critical Approaches to Human Rights 

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, U.C.C.

PhD Symposium (2015)

The symposium examined socio-legal and critical approaches to human rights law and practice, with a particular focus on conflicting rights claims, and to rights in conflict. It showcased papers from doctoral candidates researching in law, politics, criminology, philosophy, sociology and related social sciences, and included workshops on a range of themes including: ‘Linking Research / Praxis’; Critical Research methodologies; Socio-Legal approaches to human rights. 

 ‘The International Court of Justice: Leading Cases, Judicial Cultures and Practices’ 

 Judge Joan E. Donoghue

January 26th 2015

presented by Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, School of Law, U.C.C., in association with the Irish Society of International Law, the ILA-Irish Branch and the Irish Yearbook of International Law

 Discussant, Mr Trevor Redmond, Assistant Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  

BIOGRAPHY: Judge Joan Donoghue, International Court of Justice, the Hague

Joan Donoghue is the U.S. judge on the 15-member International Court of Justice (the ICJ, also known as the World Court), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, seated in The Hague in The Netherlands.  She was elected to the Court by the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council in 2010. Prior to her election to the ICJ, Judge Donoghue had a long and distinguished career as a senior attorney in the U.S. Government.  She served for three years as the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State (the senior career legal position in the State Department), and was the Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State for the first six months of the Administration of President Obama.  While serving at the State Department, Judge Donoghue was recognized for her service with both the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award and the Distinguished Honor Award, the highest award given by the U.S. Secretary of State.  She has also served as the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

In addition to her government service, Judge Donoghue has taught international law and foreign relations law courses at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Georgetown University and George Washington University.  She lectures frequently on international law topics.  In April 2013, she served as a faculty member in the United Nations regional training course on international law in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lecturing on international investment law. Judge Donoghue is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is Counselor for the American Law Institute’s Fourth Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

On 4th and 5th February, the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project held a workshop here in the School of Law, UCC.  The programme may be viewed here.

From their website:

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project brings a new critical methodology to bear on Irish and Northern Irish legal studies. A collective of academics and practitioners will come together to write the “missing feminist judgments” in appellate cases which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. (Click here for details of those involved and here for details of the cases to be rewritten).

Feminist judging provides a means of re-imagining the role of the judge. It requires us to  adhere to the rules of precedent and custom which typically bind judges, while demonstrating that it is possible to decide even very difficult cases in ways which take proper account of feminist concerns. For example, a feminist judgment, in reciting the facts of the case, might provide more detail on  a woman litigant’s experience. It might take judicial notice of feminist “common knowledge”. Or it might aim to give legal meaning to feminist conceptions of equality, autonomy or selfhood.

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights 8th Annual Distinguished Lecture ‘20th Century Law: 21st century problems’ was delivered by Professor Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale University (former legal adviser, U.S. Dept. of State 2009-2013) on 14th May at UCC.  Also at the table were Hon Justice John MacMenamin, Supreme Court of Ireland, and Mr James Kingston, Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

LLM International Human Rights Law students visiting the Hague, at the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

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