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Human Rights NI Seminar

Northern/Ireland After Brexit: Exploring the Human Rights Impact

A 3 hour seminar presented by the UCD Centre for Human Rights

Date: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Time: 1.30pm to 5pm

Location: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, 16-22 Green Street, Rotunda, Dublin 7. See location map here

This seminar will be of significant interest to lawyers, policy makers, civil society organisations, academics and law, government and public policy students.

Attendance is free but registration is required, please register here.  

If you require Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certification (3 hours), a €60 charge applies, see CPD registration option here


The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement recognised the transformational role human rights could play in transitioning this island from conflict to peace. The safeguards on human rights within this agreement look likely to come under strain in the immediate future. The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the potential re-imposition of borders; discussions on the United Kingdom’s continued adherence to the European Convention on Human Rights, all raise profound questions regarding the future relationship between the two jurisdictions on the island of Ireland. 

This seminar focuses on select human rights implications arising from Brexit and beyond. Five leading experts provide reflections on how Brexit will give rise to significant constitutional, legal and political challenges on this island.

This seminar, convened by Dr Liam Thornton, Associate Professor, UCD Sutherland School of Law, will be of significant interest for lawyers, policy makers, civil society organisations, academics and law, government and public policy students. 

A full programme, with speaker abstracts, is available: Human Rights Brexit NI PDF

Seminar Programme

Time (pm)



Registration, Tea & Coffee


Seminar Opening by Michael Farrell, Chair.


Colin Murray (Newcastle), Special Status? Northern Ireland, Brexit and Human Rights


Dr Anne Smith (Ulster), Does every cloud have a silver lining?: Brexit and  the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights


Suzanne Egan (UCD), In the Shadow of Brexit:  Re-examining the Potential for the Joint Committee and the All-Island Charter of Rights


Dr Catherine O’Rourke (Ulster), Brexit and Women’s Rights: Considering Northern/Ireland Challenges in their Global Context


Dr Liam Thornton (UCD), Asylum Law/Policy: On Brexit, Borders & Rights


Q & A and discussion


Seminar Close

About UCD Centre for Human Rights

The aims of UCD Centre for Human Rights are, to foster collaboration amongst academic staff and researchers in the field of human rights throughout the University by providing a coordinated research cluster that promotes individual and inter-disciplinary research; to enhance public understanding of human rights through a wide range of activities including publications, conferences, seminars and research projects; to develop innovative disciplinary and inter-disciplinary education in the human rights field and to engage and collaborate with national and international organisations, including national human rights institutions, governmental departments and non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights.

UCD Sutherland School of Law

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.