Language Law and Language Rights Conference, June 14-17, 2006
Information about the main partners

          The National University of Ireland Galway         

This conference will be a joint effort by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Founded in 1845 (as Queen's College Galway) with an initial intake, in 1849, of 63 students, NUI, Galway is now a thriving institution with over 14,000 students (including students from over 40 countries), taking courses in seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Celtic Studies.

          Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge              

Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge is the university’s recently established Academy for Irish-Medium Studies and has teaching programmes at undergraduate and masters level in applied language skills, translation studies, information technology, communication studies, education and drama studies. It also has research programmes in the above areas and in language planning.



                                                                  The Irish Centre for Human Rights

The Irish Centre for Human Rights was established in January 2000, and is dedicated to the study and promotion of human rights and humanitarian law. Whilst the Centre is autonomous in both its physical location and day-to-day operations, its academic staff are members of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, with whom the Centre is linked. The Centre presently offers LL.M. programmes in International Human Rights Law, International Peace Support Operations and has a Cross-Border Programme in Human Rights Law and Human Rights and Criminal Justice in conjunction with Queens University of Belfast. In addition, the Centre is a Participating University in the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, an EU initiative, and the University of Malta’s Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation Programme.

                Dept. Of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs is the government department with primary responsibility for the promotion of the Irish Language.  Its mission is to promote and support the sustainable and inclusive development of communities, both urban and rural, including Gaeltacht and island communities, thereby fostering better regional balance and alleviating disadvantage, and to advance the use of the Irish language.