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Posted: 18 April 2006

Human Rights and Security: Lessons from the Past for the Future

This conference brings together international specialists and Irish practitioners to discuss the lessons of the past for the future in Ireland, Britain and the International arena.

Ireland is a stage for the working out of key issues in contemporary advanced human rights. Issues of protecting the populace against terrorism while safeguarding democratic values and individual rights – now at the centre of global concerns - have been struggled over in Ireland for the past half century. Cultural and ethnic division, inequality, conflicting national aspirations, a plural or multi-cultural society, old and new minorities: all of these are presently in evidence in the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland, and, separately and together, the new Human Rights Commissions have grappled with the general issues of cosmopolitan rights and international law and the particular political and cultural concerns which give urgency to debates in Northern Ireland and in the Irish state.

The opening address wil be given by Mr Michael McDowell, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

Presented by:
Institute for British-Irish Studies
and the
UCD School of Politics & International Relations

Thursday 27 April 2006
William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium University College Dublin.

For programme details and registration, please see the IBIS website at or email

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