Summer School on Human Rights,Migration & Globalization,8-12 July 2013

You are welcome to the website of the inaugural Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This inaugural year’s Summer School will take place from 8-12 July 2013 at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The subtopic for this year’s Summer School is Defining and Promoting Human Rights of Migrants in an Era of Globalization.

The Summer School is open to anyone who is interested in the contemporary challenges of migration and human rights protection, including practitioners, journalists, NGOs, government officials and students. During the five days of intensive sessions, led by leading specialists in the field, including Prof. François Crépeau , the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, participants will be provided with a detailed working knowledge of the issues through presentations, readings and group discussions which will include components on research and advocacy skills.

The Summer School will provide participants with an understanding of major tensions underlying the issue of protection of migrants’ human rights and how globalization shapes these tensions. They will also become familiar with sources of migrants’ rights and available protection mechanisms. The discussions and presentations during the Summer School will also shed light on the positions of various actors including governments, NGOs, and United Nations organs and bodies. By the end of the Summer School the participants will be able to engage in critical discussions and develop arguments with various actors.

The week-long programme will also include a variety of social activities that will allow participants to network with each other and the panel in a relaxed and friendly environment, ensuring the programmes are instructive and enjoyable.

Participants will have an opportunity to propose their research ideas, advocacy or field experience for discussion with specialists and fellow participants. Participants wishing to avail of this opportunity should submit an abstract in Pdf format together with their online registration form. The abstract must include:

·         Name and contact details of the presenter

·         Title of the presentation

·         Abstract of the presentation (500 words)

·         A short biographical profile of the presenter for dissemination (not more than 5 lines)

·         A one-page bio of the presenter

The deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended until 20 June 2013. Applicants submitting abstracts will be informed shortly after the closure of applications about the outcome of the selection procedure and, if they are successful, about the date and time of their presentation.  Please note that you are not required to present in order to participate in the Summer School. You can register for the Summer School without submitting an abstract. The registration deadline is 30 June 2013.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and we hope to see you at the summer school in July! You can contact us at or + 353 (91) 49 3948.

Best wishes,

The Irish Centre for Human Rights