//Human rights lectures at NUIG, Ireland

Human rights lectures at NUIG, Ireland

5, 6 September 2006 at Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building NUIG, by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN, India) National University of Ireland, Galway will get the academic year back in full swing with two guest lectures on human rights issues on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September.

The first of the lectures 'The Challenge of Social and Economic Rights', will be given by Colin Gonsalvez, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN). The HRLN is India's first association of legal professionals providing support to those who have little or no access to the law. Mr Gonsalvez has also established the 'Indian Peoples Tribunal on Environment and Human Rights'. This tribunal is presided over by retired Supreme Court and High Court judges and investigates human rights violations and environmental degradation. The tribunal has sparked public interest litigations that has lead to concrete policy change in India.

The second lecture will be given by Professor Conor Gearty, Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics. This lecture is titled 'Can Human Rights Survive?' Professor Gearty will confront the fundamental concept of human rights and question whether human rights have the resilience to stand firm against contemporary challenges.

These free public lectures will take place in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre, Arts Millennium Building NUIG. The first lecture will commence at 9.30am and the second at 5pm.