EVENT: Abortion Laws and Human Rights - Global Experiences

The International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations (INCLO), along with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL), invites you to a day-long conference from 8:30am on 8 November at Science Gallery Dublin, to hear from organisations and activists working on reproductive rights, as well as a keynote address by UN women’s rights expert, Frances Raday.

Across the globe, human rights activists face the challenge of ensuring bodily autonomy under restrictive governments. Even in countries where more liberal legal frameworks are in place, there are difficulties in aligning law and practice. What are the strategies employed to deal with this globally?

Speakers will include Louise Melling of the American Civil Liberties Union, Les Allamby of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as well as panellists from Argentina, Kenya, India, South Africa, Colombia and Hungary.

Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and lunch will be provided. Registration, with coffee, will begin at 8:30am. Please RSVP to rsvp@iccl.ie.


Conference Programme:

9am     Opening Remarks by Liam Herrick of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties                  

9:05    Keynote Address by Professor Frances Raday:

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health in International Human Rights - Between Recognition, Backlash and Regressive Trends

9:30    Overview of Irish law on abortion with Professor Fiona de Londras, followed by Q&A

10:15   Advocacy in Restrictive Abortion Regimes – Experience of Effecting Change in Countries where Abortion is Illegal or Unavailable. Panel discussion with the Human Rights Law Network (India), the Kenya Human Rights Commission and the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (Argentina).

11:30     coffee

11:45     Liberal Abortion Regimes – Different Models and Options after Reform. Panel discussion with Liberty (UK), the Legal Resource Centre (South Africa) and Dejusticia (Colombia).

1pm       lunch (provided)

2pm       Litigation before International Courts as a Tactic in Advancing Reproductive Rights. Workshop introduced by Niall Behan (Irish Family Planning Association) and facilitated by Adriana Lamackova of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

3pm      The Global Context for Abortion Rights in 2017. Panel discussion with the American Civil Liberties Union (USA), the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth (Ireland) and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

4:30    Closing Remarks by Stefania Kapronczay of the International Network of Civil Liberties Organisations

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