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CCJHR Annual Conference

Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights?

One day conference

March 28th 2014, 11.00 – 5.00pm

CCJHR Annual Conference Programme and Booking Information

Chaired by: The Hon Mr Justice John Hedigan

Address by Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People

Speakers include:

Speakers' Biographies: March 28 2014 Annual Conference Bios

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1 , Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) is located on the western side of the main UCC campus.

6 CPD Group points available

  • Registration Fee: €60  (full rate)
  • Reduced rate: €30 - the reduced fee is available to NGOs, barristers in their first five years in practice, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to three years post qualification experience).
  • Student registration (available to full-time students with valid ID) - €20

Advanced registration is essential. Online booking available at:

Alternatively please post booking fee (cheques made payable to CCJHR, Law Department, UCC) to


Marriage Equality  Seminar-2014

Department of Law,

University College Cork

Cork, Ireland


Registration Fees

Full rate: €60

Reduced rate: €30

The reduced fee is available to NGOs, barristers in their first five years in practice, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to three years post-qualification experience.

Student rate: €20 (available to full-time students with a valid ID card)



Tel:+353-( 0)21-4903220.



Setting the Agenda:

Securing marriage equality has been described as the ‘civil rights issue of our generation’. The proposed constitutional reform follows on from significant legislative reforms in Ireland on civil partnerships, and further pending legislative reform on children’s rights and family relationships. Across Europe and internationally, constitutional and legislative reforms are taking place addressing rights to same sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in areas such as adoption, guardianship and custody of children and more broadly in the field of relationship recognition. International human rights bodies, including the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, and constitutional courts, are developing a significant body of jurisprudence on the scope and limits of anti-discrimination norms, and on the positive obligations arising for states to provide for marriage equality and relationship recognition.  This conference brings together leading human rights advocates, lawyers and academics to address the many pressing questions that now face Ireland and other jurisdictions engaging in comprehensive reforms of family, constitutional, equality and human rights law.

Conference convenor: Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC, email and Dr Claire Murray, CCJHR,



This event is supported by an Irish Research Council New Foundations award, the College of Business and Law and the Gender Law and Sexuality research cluster (GLAS), CCJHR.

Colm O'Cinnéide to talk at CCJHR, UCC

Integrating Equality and Human Rights’

 Colm O'Cinnéide head shot

Colm O’Cinnéide, University College London

   Thursday Feb 13th, 4-6pm

Venue: Moot Court Room, Aras na Laoi




Colm O'Cinnéide is a Reader in Law, specialising in human rights, comparative constitutional and anti-discrimination law. He is also currently Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights. The recently published report of the European Committee on Social Rights on Ireland (Conclusions), is available at:

Colm is a member of the Blackstone Chambers Academic Panel. Colm has served as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights of the UK Parliament and has also acted as consultant to a range of organisations, including the Northern Irish Human Rights Commission, the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Irish Equality Authority. Colm is a graduate of UCC.

Colm is the author (with Neil Crowther) of a recent report examining the integration of human rights and equality bodies across the EU, including Ireland. Details available at:

This event is supported by the Irish Research Council, (New Foundations award). For details, contact

Advance booking not required, 2 x CPD group points available

Developments in Prosecutions of Crimes of Sexual Violence: perspectives from international criminal law

Justice Teresa Doherty, former Judge of the Special Court of Sierra Leone

‘Developments in Prosecutions of Crimes of Sexual Violence: perspectives from international criminal law’

         Justice Teresa Doherty, former Judge of the Special Court of Sierra Leone              

Monday, Feb 10th 2014, 4-6pm, Moot Court room

(first floor Áras na Laoi, to the left of the Law Dept reception office)

All WELCOME (advance booking not required)

Justice Teresa Doherty is from Northern Ireland. She returned to study law in Belfast after working as a civil servant and as a volunteer in Zambia. She worked in legal aid clinics in Belfast as a student in the early 1970s. From 1976 to 1987, she worked in Papua New Guinea, first in the Public Solicitor’s (public defender) office, then as provincial legal officer for Morobe Province. For some years she was the only woman lawyer in that part of Papua New Guinea and was the first woman to be elected as a councillor of the Papua New Guinea Law Society. She was appointed as the Principal Magistrate for the Momase region of Papua New Guinea in 1987 and as National and later Supreme Court judge in 1988, the first woman to hold any high judicial office in the Pacific Islands Region. Her work took her throughout Papua New Guinea and she particularly focussed on prisoners’ and women’s issues. She returned to Northern Ireland and to the bar in late 1997. She was appointed a judge of the High Court of Sierra Leone in 2003 following the civil war in that country and also sat in the Court of Appeal. She was appointed by the United Nations in January 2005 as a judge of the Special Court of Sierra Leone (the international war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone) and was elected the first presiding judge of Trial Chamber 11.

She is a Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland, a part time chairman of Appeal Services, a member of the Commonwealth Reference Group for the promotion of the Rights of Women and the Girl Child. She has received recognition for her work including a CBE and an Honorary Doctor of Laws.

Conversations on Gender, Law and Sexuality (Gender, Law and Sexuality (GLAS), Faculty of Law, UCC).

2 x CPD group points available

Gender, Security and Islam

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law and School of Asian Studies, UCC


Gender, Security and Islam: Negotiating religion, culture and conflict in Pakistan



Prof Shaheen Sardar-Ali, Professor of Law, University of Warwick and Vice-President UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

‘The Dynamics of Family Law Reform in Pakistan: A Gender Perspective’


Prof Javaid Rehman, Professor of Islamic Law and Human Rights, Brunel Law School

'Sexual Minorities and Islamic State Practices: Examining the issue of the rights of LGBT and other sexual minorities in Pakistan'.



Thursday Jan 23rd, 3-5pm

Venue: Aras na Laoi, Moot Court room

(first floor, to the left of the Law Dept reception office)


All Welcome


This event is organised in association with the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy, UCC Faculty of Law


Biography: Professor Shaheen Sardar-Ali

Shaheen Ali is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick, and Vice-Chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. She has an LLB (Peshawar), LLM (Hull), MA (Peshawar) and PhD (Hull) and has written extensively in the field of Islamic law, human rights, women and child rights. She was formerly Professor of Law University of Peshawar, Pakistan for twenty-five years and Director Women's Study Centre at the same university. Shaheen served on the National Commission of Inquiry on Women as well as the Prime Minister's Consultative Committee on Women in Pakistan. She also served as the first woman cabinet Minister for Health, Population Welfare and Women's Development in the Government of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan (formerly known as the North west Frontier Province) and the first Chair of the National Commission on the Status of Women of Pakistan. Shaheen has consulted with a range of national and international organisations including the British Council, DFID, NORAD, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP to name a few, as well as providing expert legal opinions in the area of Islamic law in UK and US courts. She was also a member of the British Council Task Force on Gender and Development and a founder member and Co-ordinator of the South Asian Research network on Gender, Law and Governance (SARN). She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the University of Oslo and is recipient of numerous honours and awards for her work on Muslim women’s rights. She has published extensively on issues relating to Islamic Law, Gender and Human Rights.


Professor Javaid Rehman is Head of the School of Law at Brunel University, London and Professor of Islamic Law, Muslim constitutionalism and human rights. He was born and brought up in Punjab, Pakistan. After having received his first University degree in History and English Literature (Government College Lahore, Punjab University), he came to the United Kingdom where he studied Law (LLB, Hons.) at the University of Reading. He completed a PhD in International Law in 1995 (Hull University, UK) and was appointed to his first full-time lectureship in September 1996 at the Law Department, Leeds University. He was invited to take up a Chair in Law at Ulster University in 2002. Since August 2005, Javaid Rehman has been a Professor of Islamic Law, Muslim constitutionalism and International Law at Brunel University. He has been invited to provide legal opinion in a number of high profile cases involving Islamic law, international terrorism and human rights law. Professor Rehman has written extensively on the subject of Islamic Law, International human rights and minority rights, with over one hundred publications to his credit. His recent works include International Human Rights Law (Longman, 2010), Islamic State Practices, International Law and the threat from Terrorism (Hart Publishing, 2005), and (with SC Breau) (eds) Religion, Human Rights and Interntional Law (ILA). He is on the editorial boards of several journals. He was until recentlyutil recently the General Coordinating Editor of the Asian Yearbook of International Law (AYIL) and is currntly a joint co-editor of the Journal of Islamic State Practices in International Law (JISPIL). Profesor Rehman has been involved at various levels of policy making and has also acted as an advisor to various governmental and non-governmental organisations on counter-terrorism issues as well as civil liberties and human rights law.

This event is supported by an IRC New Foundations Award.

Irish Research Council

Migrant Workers in the Gulf

‘Migrant Workers in the Gulf: Challenges of Human Rights Activism and Advocacy’

 Dr Nicholas McGeehan, Human Rights Watch, London

 Irish Research Council



Monday: January 20th

Time: 12.30-2pm

Venue: Law Dept, Áras na Laoi, Room AL1.64 (first floor)


All Welcome



Nicholas McGeehan is the Bahrain, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates researcher at the leading international human rights NGO, Human Rights Watch. His advocacy and research has focused primarily on issues relating to migrant domestic workers, child slavery and the exploitation of migrant construction workers in the Arabian Gulf. Dr McGeehan is a graduate of the European University Institute, Florence, NUI Galway, and the University of Strathclyde. Prior to working for Human Rights Watch, he founded and managed an NGO that campaigned for migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf. He is the author of numerous journal articles and comment pieces, including, most recently: “Trafficking in persons or state sanctioned exploitation? The false narrative of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates”, in Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law (2012, Vol. 26, No. 1) and; ‘Spinning Slavery: The Role of the United States and UNICEF in the Denial of Justice for the Child Camel Jockeys of the United Arab Emirates’, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pp. 96-124. Dr McGeehan is a regular contributor to the Guardian on issues relating to migrant workers’ rights, and has also produced a documentary, The Sand Trap, on child slavery and ‘how to get away with it’, examining the exploitation of child camel jockeys in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


This event is supported by an IRC New Foundations Award.

The International Criminal Court: current challenges/future prospects

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork, convened a public lecture with:

Ms Fatou Bensouda: Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

 The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Madam Fatou Bensouda with LLM students Silvia Maria Crowley, Jessie Chappell and Colleen Sheehan (LLM students on the International Human Rights Law and Public Policy programme).

“The International Criminal Court: current challenges and future prospects”

Lecture delivered by Prosecutor of the ICC Fatou Bensouda RIA Dec 12 2013 


Chaired by the Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham

 Chief Justice Susan Denham with LLM students Colleen Sheehan, Jessie Chappell and Silvia Maria Crowley (LLM students on the International Human Rights Law and Public Policy programme).



Date: December 16th 2013


Venue: Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2

Time: 5.30pm – 7pm


To be followed by a reception (7-8pm)


Places for this event are limited. Please r.s.v.p. before December 6th to Noreen Delea at:



On 12 December 2011, Ms Fatou Bensouda of The Gambia was elected by consensus Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court by the Assembly of States Parties. Ms. Bensouda was sworn in on 15 June 2012. Ms. Bensouda had previously held the position of ICC Deputy Prosecutor (Prosecutions), having been elected with an overwhelming majority by the Assembly of States Parties on 8 August 2004 and serving as such until May 2012. Prior to her work at the International Criminal Court, Ms. Bensouda worked as Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, rising to the position of Senior Legal Adviser and Head of The Legal Advisory Unit.  Before joining the ICTR, she was General Manager of a leading commercial bank in The Gambia. Between 1987 and 2000, she was successively Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic, and Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which capacity she served as Chief Legal Adviser to the President and Cabinet of The Republic of The Gambia.

Chinese Human Rights and Human Rights Education in China

'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

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”.

Freedom of Expression in Syria

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.

Public Lecture - Human Rights

Public Lecture


‘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


Hosted by:

Department of Government


Central for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Faculty of Law

University College Cork


All welcome


(No advance booking or registration required)

Racism and Hate Crimes Conference October 4th


Racism and Hate Crimes in Ireland: Is the Legislative and Policy Framework Adequate?

Conference: 4th October 2013

L-R Stephen O’Hare (ICCL), Professor Siobhán Mullally, (Director CCJHR, Faculty of Law, UCC), Jennifer Schweppe, (U.L.), Deputy David Stanton, T.D. Chair Joint Oireachtas Committee Justice Defence and Equality, Séamus Taylor (NUIM), Carole-Anne O’Brien, (Belong to youth services), Fiona Finn, (NASC), David Joyce, B.L. (IHRC), Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D.

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:

3.5 CPD group hours available

Children's Rights to Healthcare 2013

Children’s Rights to Healthcare &
Healthcare Services, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex,

University College Cork,

June 6th 2013


by UCC’s Vice President for Research and Innovation Strategic Research Fund

the Irish Research Council


Hosted by the Faculty of Law and the School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork


9.15-9.30                              Coffee/Registration


09.30-09.45                         Conference Opening by Convenors Ursula Kilkelly, Professor of Law, University College Cork and Eileen Savage, Professor of Nursing, University College Cork


Session 1

09.45-10.05                         Ms Emily Logan, Ombudsman for Children ‘An International Move Towards Children's Rights in Healthcare’


10.05-10.45                         Jeffrey Goldhagen, Professor of Paediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, USA

‘Translating Child Rights, Health Equity and Social Justice into Paediatric Practice’


10.45-11.15                         Alf Nicholson, Professor of Paediatrics at Children’s University Hospital

‘Rethinking Paediatric Healthcare in Ireland’


11.15-11.40                         Discussion


11.40-12.00                         Coffee/Tea


Session 2

12.00-12.30                         James Robinson, Coordinator HPH Taskforce for Health Promotion with Children and Adolescents, Edinburgh

‘Assessing child rights in health care – the development of the HPH self- evaluation model and tool’


12.30-1.00                           Jonathan Hourihane, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University College Cork

'Children in Irish Hospitals, the Paediatric perspective'


1.00-1.15                              Discussion


1.15-2.00                              Lunch


Session 3            

2.00-2.30                              Ms Liz McArthur, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Alder Hey Children’s Healthcare Hospital, Liverpool  

‘Rights: rhetoric or reality?'                              Dr Veronica Lambert, School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University

‘Respecting children's right be to be heard in healthcare settings - the perspectives of Irish children’



3.30-4.00                              Dr Elspeth Webb, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Reader in Child Health at Cardiff University, Wales

‘Discrimination against children - much more than Article 2 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child’


4.30-5.00                              Discussion


5.00-5.15                              Conference close           


Children's Rights to Healthcare 2013 Programme

Children's Rights to Healthcare Booking Form

North South Criminology/PG CCJHR Conference Programm

The annual CCJHR Post Graduate Conference is combining with the North South Criminology Conference this year and will be held in Western Gateway Building in UCC on 20th and 21st June.

The Conference is free of charge but registration is essential. To register please email


Please see the programme for a full listing of speakers, plenary & parallel session and topic.  Full programme available here: North South CCJHR PG Conference Schedule Brochure 2013


Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland