2009 Events



Barbara Hudson 

Keynote address by

Professor Barbara Hudson, Lancashire Law School



A. Human Rights Principles Confronted with Political Expediency
Chair: Dr. Fiona Donson
Room 1.01

Lawyers as Gatekeepers - how a powerful political claim can trespass the boundaries of justice
Emma-Jane Williams, University College Cork

Security as a Boundary of a Just Politics
Christopher M.J. Boyd, Glasgow Graduate School of Law

Judicial Torture Warrants: the Limits of Proposed Safeguards 
Rioghnach Murphy, University College Cork

Tensions in the Pursuit of Equality of Representation - Judicial Review of Electoral Constituencies
David Prendergast, Trinity College Dublin


B. Perspectives on the Criminal Process
Chair: Dr. Catherine O’Sullivan
Room 1.04

“Mutual Check” of Agencies in Chinese Criminal Procedure: A Suggestion of Remedies for Procedural Deficiencies in the Adversarial System
Bo Yin, Aberdeen University Law School

Dworkin and the Symbolic Function of the Trial
Sinéad Ring, University College Cork

Reconsidering the Decision to Prosecute after GE v DPP
Ger Sadlier, Law Reform Commission

Law, Political Expediency and the ‘Ex’ Offender
Margaret Fitzgerald, University College Cork


C. Contemporary Discourses on Criminal Law [Part 1]
Chair: Mr Seán Ó Conaill
Room 1.21

Criminal Responsibility and the Mentally Disordered Offender in Ireland: A Lot Done, More to Do?
Louise Kennefick, University College Cork

Beyond ‘Balance’: Achieving Fairness for Complainants and Defendants in Sexual Offences Legislation
Susan Leahy, University College Cork

Who is under a duty to act? - clarifying the status of criminal liability for omissions in Ireland 
Jane Mulcahy, Codification of the Criminal Law Advisory Committee

The Eligibility of Persons with Disabilities for Jury Service
Charles O’Mahony, Centre for Disability Law and Policy


D. Law and Disability
Chair: Louise Crowley
Room 1.22

“The Inertia of Insanity”: Ireland and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Suzanne Doyle, University College Cork

Housing and the right to independent living for people with disability in Ireland
Noelin Fox, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway

A Case for the Right to Advocacy in International Human Rights Law
Eilionóir Flynn, University College Cork

Segregated education for children with disabilities – solely a matter of expediency?
Joyce Mortimer, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, NUI Galway


E. Child Protection and Human Rights
Chair: Dr. Ursula Kilkelly
Room G11

The Intersecting Forces of Globalization and International Protection of the Rights of the Child in the Context of Intercountry Adoption
Bríd Nic Suibhne, Law Reform Commission

International Obligations for Adequate Child Protection Mechanisms
Kieran Walsh, University College Cork

Child Sexual Abuse and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006
Lydia Buckley, University College Cork


F. Contemporary Discourses on Criminal Law [Part 2]
Chair: Sinéad Ring
Room 1.01

Neuroscience and the Criminal Justice System: Three Stories, Three Lessons
John Danaher, University College Cork

Who Dares to Question the Jury? : Empirical Jury Research and the Law in Ireland
Mark Coen, Trinity College Dublin

Ireland : A Representative Jury?
Sinéad Heffernan, University College Cork

Youth Justice and Sentencing: the Impact of Perceived Public Opinion
Emer Meehan, University College Cork


G. Civil Liberties, Technology and State Security Claims
Chair: Dorothy Appelbe
Room 1.04

Autonomy, Privacy and the Symbiotic Web
Paul Bernal, London School of Economics

A Human Rights Analysis of the 2007 Criminal Justice (Forensic Sampling and Evidence)
Bill David O’Dwyer, Centre for Criminal Justice, University of Limerick

Can’t Get You Out of My Head: The Human Rights Implications of Using Brain Scans as Criminal Evidence
Brian Farrell, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway


H. The Use of Force in International Law
Chair: Dr. Siobhan Wills
Room 1.21

The Right to Resist – Does it Exist?
Shannonbrooke Murphy, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Are the Laws of War adequate and appropriate for dealing with the problems that arise in 21st conflicts: Issues relating to the Protection of Civilians and their Property in the Conduct of Hostilities
Grace Mulvey, University College Cork

Human Rights, Regulations, Soldiers and the law 
Michael Martin, University College Cork

'Peace in Our Time:' British Diplomacy, the Failure to Prevent the Second World War and Lessons for Today
Jonathan Murphy, History Department, University College Cork


I. Law at the Fault-line of Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
Chair: Professor Maeve McDonagh
Room 1.22

A Child’s Right to Refuse Consent to Medical Treatment: the Human Rights Considerations
Stephanie Corry, Trinity College Dublin

Paternalism versus Autonomy: How to achieve a balance? 
Caitriona Moloney, Law Reform Commission

Bodies – The Exhibition: an analysis under international human rights law
Eadaoín O’Brien, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway


J. International Criminal Law
Chair: Dr. Siobhan Mullally
Room G11

Should the State bear the responsibility of imposing sanctions on its citizens who as witnesses commit crimes before the ICC?
Sylvia Ngane, University of Leeds

The Implementation of the Statute of the International Criminal Court into Irish Law: A Political, Legislative and Comparative Account
Tara Smith, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

The International Criminal Court: An Armless and Legless Giant? A Case Study
Rachel Kemp, Law Reform Commission

Searching for the Elusive ‘Disciplined Limits’ to the Tense Relationship between the Progressive Development of International Criminal Law and Nullum Crimen Sine Lege
Christopher Ryan, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway


K. Citizenship, Sovereignty and Security
Chair: Dr. Maria Cahill
Room 1.01

Sovereign within, sovereign without
Kryss Macleod, University of the West of Scotland

Border Control, Citizenship and Liberal Democracy
Tendayi Bloom, University of London

Suspect Communities: Tracing the Concept of Loyalty in Counter-terrorism Law
Máiréad Enright, University College Cork and Colin Murray, Newcastle University

The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2008: Human Rights Implications
Alan Desmond, University College Cork


L. Marriage, Religion and Constitutional Law
Chair: Dr. Conor O’Mahony
Room 1.04

Pluralising blasphemy law: the Defamation Bill as reflecting a synthesis of liberal and communitarian ideologies in the Irish Constitution
Eoin Daly, University College Cork

‘Not Thinking Straight’
Jackie Mullins, Department of Applied Social Sciences, University College Cork


M. International Law in the Post-conflict Context
Chair: Aoife O’Donoghue
Room 1.21

Substitution? Completion? The relationship between truth-seeking, community reconciliation and prosecution in Timor Leste
Stefanie Heinrich, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway

Human Rights Boundaries to Transformative Occupation?
Susan Rose Power, Trinity College Dublin

Making States ‘Willing and Able’: Sanctioning Violations of IHL in the Domestic Sphere and Alternatives to the ICC
Andrea Breslin, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway


N. International Law, Human Rights and Development Policy
Chair: Dr. Olufemi Amao
Room 1.22

The Enforcement of Bilateral Investment Treaties: the Effect on Political Policy Making and Human Rights in Developing Countries
Margaret Devaney, Law Reform Commission

Climate Change; Global Problem – International Solution
John McNally, University College Cork

Does International law addresses the concerns of indigenous peoples in the development discourse?
Vidyaranya Chakravarthy, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick

Men versus Man: The Politics of Avoiding Human Rights
Kasey Lowe, University of Edinburgh


With thanks to LexisNexis, First Law, Hart, Polity, Clarus, Taylor & Francis and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Ireland