2016 - The Mary Robinson Centre International Symposium July 1-2
Symposium Organisers

Niamh Reilly, Co-director, Centre for Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway

Niamh Reilly is a Senior Lecturer and co-director of the Centre for Global Women's Studies in the School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway and co-convenor (with Dr. Breda Gray) and the NUI Galway-UL research network Gender ARC (www.genderarc.org).  She has published widely on issues of gender and human rights; transnational women's movements  and the United Nations;  women, peace and security; religion and gender in the public sphere; and feminist political theory. Her book, Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalizing Age (Polity Press, 2009) was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for 2010" by the American Library Association/CHOICE. She is co-author of Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights (UNIFEM 1994) (with Distinguished Professor Charlotte Bunch, Rutgers University).  Her most recent book is an edited collection (with S Scriver) entitled Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (Routledge 2014). Niamh has many years' experience working with UN and Civil Society Organisations internationally and has served as an independent expert on the Irish government's Department of Foreign Affairs' Standing Committee on Human Rights (1997-1999) and its Consultative Group to draft Ireland's National Action Plan on UN Security Council 1325 (2010-2011). 


Natasha Price, Academic Coordinator, The Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina, County Mayo

Natasha Price is the Academic Coordinator for the Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina, and visiting Research Associate in the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway.  Natasha works to foster leadership and awareness promoting human rights, gender equality and women’s leadership through the Centre's academic research programme and is coordinating the development of academic activities at the Centre.  She has long standing academic and activist interest in understanding (and eliminating) inequalities, particularly in relation to gender and ethnicity. Before joining The Mary Robinson Centre, Natasha was a Researcher and Teaching Fellow in the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, and was awarded the Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching Achievement in 2015.  She has a BA in Management from John Moores University (Liverpool, UK), an MSc in Public Policy and an MSc in Policy Research, both from the University of Bristol (Bristol, UK).  


Amie Lajoie, PhD Candidate and Glaway Doctoral Scholar, Centre for Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway

Amie Lajoie is a third year PhD Candidate and Galway Doctoral Scholar in the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at NUI Galway. Informed by feminist theories focused on identity and an in-depth understanding of the normative human rights project, Amie’s PhD research scrutinises the space that is available for women in the human rights defender framework - in particular, the perception that women human rights defenders are an ‘increasingly vulnerable’ subset of human rights defenders. In addition to her research, Amie lectures part-time on topics ranging from psychoanalytic feminism and post-structuralist theory to critical perspectives of international human rights law and institutions. She also is the current Postgraduate Research Associate for the NUI Galway-UL network Gender ARC (genderarc.org). Prior to coming to NUI Galway, Amie completed a fellowship with the human rights NGO Front Line Defenders in Dublin and worked with refugee populations in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a BA in International Relations from the University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, Virginia) and a MA in Applied Human Rights from the University of York (York, United Kingdom).


Supported by:

Gillian Browne, Administrator, Centre for Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway

Gillian Browne is currently the administrator for the Centre for Global Women’s Studies at the School of Political Science and Sociology and the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. Since joining the University in 2006, Gillian has provided support to the MA Gender Globalisation and Rights and the MA in Family Support Studies and works on a range of event management and operational areas. Gillian holds a BA in Business Studies from the GMIT, Galway and a Higher Diploma in Education from NUI, Galway.

Prior to commencing employment at the CFRC, Gillian worked in a number of administrative roles in the Health and Technology sectors.


Megan Reilly, Symposium Intern, Centre for Global Women's Studies, NUI Galway

Megan Reilly is a third year B.Comm Accounting student and volunteer with the Women’s Studies Centre. Previously she has served on the NUI Galway Students’ Union Executive committee as Convenor for the College of Business and Law and was recently elected as the incoming Equality Officer for 2016/17. She was a member of YesEquality and canvassed for the Marriage Equality referendum, as well as founding and leading a Taskforce of students to do the same. Megan has also worked for ALIVE, the volunteering body of NUI Galway to encourage active citizenship amongst students. She has a strong interest in promoting Human Rights and has volunteered extensively over the past six years, most recently as a volunteer leader in a residence for people with Intellectual disabilities. Megan has received the Bronze and Silver Gaisce President’s awards for volunteering, and is currently working towards her Gold.