The Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, University College, Cork
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL)
cordially invite you to
Ireland and the Council of Europe Today
A Round Table with
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
Mr Nils Muižnieks
9.30am – 1pm
Friday, 25 November 2016
St Stephen’s Green
Mr Muižnieks will deliver keynote observations and speakers will include:
Maximising the Potential of Council of Europe Monitoring Mechanisms – the view from Strasbourg
Professor Siobhán Mullally, Professor of Law, University College Cork, 1st Vice-President, GRETA, Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings; Mr Mark Kelly, former Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Member of the Council of Europe European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT); Professor Françoise Tulkens, former Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights; Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham, Nominee to the Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights; Mr Martin Collins, Co-Director, Pavee Point, Expert to the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities; Mr Michael Farrell, former Senior Solicitor at the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), Member of the Council of Europe European Commission Against Racism and Intolerence (ECRI)
Civil society engagement with Council of Europe mechanisms; some examples of good practice
Mr Liam Herrick, Executive Director, Irish Council for Civil Liberties (Moderator); Ms Maeve Taylor, Director of Advocacy and Communications, Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA); Ms Fíona Ní Chinnéide, Acting Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT); Mr Brian Killoran, Chief Executive, Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI); Mr David Joyce, Lawyer, Contributor to Collective Complaint, European Roma Rights Centre v. Ireland.
The event is free, but places are strictly limited (and filling quickly).
RSVP by 5pm on Friday 18 November 2016 to:
Jason O’Mara, ICCL – firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 799 4504
Mr Nils Muižnieks was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 24 January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is a Latvian national educated in the United States of America, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, he held prominent posts such as Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia in Riga (2005-2012); Chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (2010-2012); Latvian minister responsible for social integration, anti-discrimination, minority rights, and civil society development (2002-2004); and Director of the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies – now Latvian Human Rights Centre (1994-2002).
The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member States, 28 of which are currently members of the European Union. Ireland is a founder member of the organisation, which it joined on 5 May 1949.
This event is kindly supported by
the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
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