NUI Galway conference to focus on the rights of migrants and refugees

Kenneth Deery, sponsor AIB, Highly Commended, Employee Category, Anna Ryan, Clinigen and Maria Kelly, The Ardilaun Hotel and Breda Fox, LEO pictured at the Network Galway "Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018" in the g Hotel. Photo Martina Regan

Kenneth Deery, sponsor AIB, Highly Commended, Employee Category, Anna Ryan, Clinigen and Maria Kelly, The Ardilaun Hotel and Breda Fox, LEO pictured at the Network Galway "Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018" in the g Hotel. Photo Martina Regan

NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, is hosting an international conference on ‘The Rights of Migrants and Refugees: the role of courts and tribunals’ starting today (Thursday ) and continuing tomorrow.

This two-day event brings together leading judges, practitioners and academics working on pressing issues of migration and refugee law internationally. Professor Siobhán Mullally, Established Professor of Human Rights Law, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, said more people are forcibly displaced from their homes today than at any other time since the ending of World War II. “The rights of migrants and refugees continue to be under threat, with many forced to take perilous journeys to reach safety, or to seek a ‘better place in the world’. Courts play a critical role in ensuring that laws do not yield to populist politics that seek to limit the protections of human rights and constitutional laws.

“In recent years, Irish courts have delivered landmark judgments on many of the most pressing issues for migrants and refugees, including on the right to work, family unity, protection against removal and detention, best interests of the child, and non-punishment of victims of trafficking. These and other questions will be explored at this two-day international conference,” she said.Keynote speakers include: Judge Paolo Pinto de Albuquerque, European Court of Human Rights; Judge Gerard Hogan, Court of Appeal, Ireland; and Hilkka Becker, Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal.

Panellists include leading immigration law practitioners from Ireland and the UK, and academics and civil society representatives. Full details and programme available at www.conference.ie

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