Minority Rights & Indigenous Peoples Summer School, June 13 - 17, 2011
Welcome to the Minority Rights Summer School 2011



On behalf of the Irish Centre for Human Rights we are pleased to welcome delegates to our annual summer school on Minority Rights, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights Law. The aim of the course is to provide participants with an overview of the legal, political and philosophical issues pertaining to international human rights law and its relationship to minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples.

During the course participants seek to understand, assimilate and critically evaluate legal arguments with respect to the international minority rights regime and how it pertains to minorities and indigenous peoples. In addition they are encouraged to analyse the underlying philosophical basis within the discourse and to become familiar with current debates and cases with a special focus on issues such as the right to land, affirmative action policies, and effective political participation and restitution. In addition, each year's Summer school focusses on a particular theme.

2011 Theme: Minorities and Religion

Religion has a fraught relationship with minority and human rights standards, being perceived at once as a right and a cause of the denial of rights. The theme of this year’s school highlights religion in contemporary minority rights discourse, focussing on issues such as: religious minorities, religion and international institutions, Islam in Europe, caste, indigenous peoples and spiritual beliefs, women and religion, genocide and defamation of religion.

The 2011 Summer School will be delivered by the following faculty:

  • Prof. Joshua Castellino,  Head of Law Department, Middlesex University, UK
  • Dr. Nazila Ghanea, University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Kellogg College, Oxford University, UK
  • Dr. Roja Fazaeli, Lecturer in Law, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Prof. William Schabas, Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. Nicholas McGeehan, Founder and Director of Mafiwasta, PhD Candidate, Law Department, European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  • Dr. Elvira Dominguez-Redondo, Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University, UK
  • Dr. Alexandra Xanthaki, Reader in Law and Deputy Head of Brunel Law School, UK
  • Mr. Vincent de Graff, member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Vienna, Austria
  • Mr. Graham Fox, Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Right, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Prof.  Mashood Baderin, Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK
  • Dr. Edel Hughes, Lecturer in Law, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Dr. David Keane, Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University, UK
  • Ms. Annapurna Waughray, Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr. Jeremie Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University, UK
  • Prof. Joshua Cooper, Professor at the University of Hawaii, Director of the Hawaiian Institute for Human Rights, USA
  • Mr. Brendan Tobin, PhD Candidate, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland
  • Prof. Melissa Tatum, Research Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, USA
  • Dr. Jeroen Temperman, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  Please see the links on the upper left menu for the 2011 Program and Speaker's Biographies.


Please note that all registration is on a first come, first serve basis and there is no formal application process. Tuition must be paid in full no later than June 5, 2011 failing which registration can not be guaranteed. Payment must be made online via the 'Registration' link by Mastercard or Visa only.

FEES (Unfortunately, no scholarships, financial assistance or special discounts are available)

  • Minority Rights Conference fee (with accommodation) - €750
  • Minority Rights Conference fee (no accommodation) €450
  • Minority Rights & ICC Combined fee (with accommodation - €1,000
  • Minority Rights & ICC Combined fee (no accommodation) €700

The general conference fee includes all teaching materials, lunches and coffee/tea, including additional materials as provided. Further information to be updated, when programme develops.


Delegates are expected to insure themselves against theft, loss, accidents and damage or medical expenses that may arise. The organizing committee does not accept responsibility for any of the above.


Provided a written cancellation is received before May 24th, the full payment minus 20% for bank charges and handling will be refunded. No refunds will be given after that date. The cancellation policy applies to all reservations made. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. Submit cancellation in writing to the Conference secretariat.


  • For non-EU citizens: it is the responsibility of the participant to find out how long it takes to obtain a Visa. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter into the Republic of Ireland. Please refer to the Visa Section of the Irish Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform for further details: http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/WP07000217
  • The Irish Centre for Human Rights can provide a Letter of Invitation, should you require one, but you must first make a registration payment. All Visa or Mastercard charges must match the name of the participant, otherwise your card will be automatically rebated to protect from fraud. 
  • Partipants requiring a visa should ensure they allow sufficient time to complete the visa application process prior to the commencement of the Minority Rights Summer School.#

Please note: We will be happy to offer a Letter of Invitation, should you need one for visa processing. We are unable to send such letters via DHL or other express mail services, due to high cost. A scanned pdf will be emailed to each participant, and a hard copy mailed via Irish Post.


Please contact Josh Curtis, Programme Coordinator for further details: minorityrightssummerschool@gmail.com