Minority Rights & Indigenous Peoples Summer School, June 13 - 17, 2011
2011 Programme





Theme: Minorities and Religion


Venue: IT building, theatre 125





Monday 13th June:  Introduction & Concepts


9.00 – 9.30:      Registration (*registration table in foyer outside of lecture theatre)


9.30 – 10.45:    A Global Overview of Minorities

Speaker: Prof. Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law & Head of Law Department, Middlesex University


10.45– 11.00:   Coffee break


11.00-- 12.30:   Genocide and Minorities

Speaker: Prof. William Schabas, Chair in Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway


12.30– 14.00:   Lunch


14.00 – 15.30:   Religion and the Rights of Women

Speaker: Dr. Roja Fazaeli, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Trinity College Dublin


15.30– 16.00:   Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30:   Freedom of Religion in International Human Rights Law

Speaker: Dr. Nazila Ghanea, University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Kellog College, Oxford University


Wine Reception and Evening Lecture:

Migrant Workers in the Gulf

Speaker: Mr. Nicholas McGeehan, Founder and Director of Mafiwasta, an organisation for migrant workers' rights in the United Arab Emirates, PhD Candidate, Law Department, European University Institute, Florence





Tuesday 14th June: International Institutions and Minority Rights


9.30 – 10.45:     Special Procedures in the United Nations

Speaker:  Dr. Elvira Dominguez-Redondo, Senior Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University


10.45 – 11.00:   Coffee break


11.00 – 12.30:   Multiculturalism and Religion

Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Xanthaki, Reader in Law and Deputy Head of Brunel Law School


12.30 – 14.00:  Lunch


14.00– 15.30    Reviewing the Past Six Years of the UN Independent Expert on Minority issues, and the Work of the Forum on Minority Issues

Speaker: Mr. Graham Fox, Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


15.30 – 16.00:   Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30:   The OSCE and the Framework Convention on National


Speaker: Mr. Vincent De Graaf, Senior Legal Advisor to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's High Commissioner on National Minorities


Wednesday 15th June: Religion, Race and Minorities


9.30 – 10.45:     Minority Rights, Between International Human Rights Law and Islamic Law

Speaker: Prof.  Mashood Baderin, Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


10.45– 11.00:    Coffee break


11.00– 12.30     The Turkish Accession Debate

Speaker: Dr. Edel Hughes, Lecturer in Law, University of Limerick

12.30– 14.00:    Lunch


14.00 – 15.30:   Descent-Based Discrimination in International Human

                        Rights Law

Speaker: Dr. David Keane, Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University


15.30 – 16.00:  Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30:   Caste as a New Ground for Discrimination

Speaker: Annapurna Waughray, Senior Lecturer in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University





Thursday 16th June: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights


9.30 – 10.45:    Indigenous Laws, Cultural Rights and Traditional


Speaker: Mr. Brendan Tobin, PhD Candidate, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway


10.45– 11.00:   Coffee break



11.00– 12.30:    Native Americans and Access to Sacred Sites Located on

                        Lands Owned by the United States Government  

Speaker: 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 


12.30– 14.00:    Lunch


14.00 – 15.30:    Indigenous People's Rights to a Holistic Freedom of

                         Religion: To Perpetuate Spiritual Traditions and

                        to Protect the Rights of Mother Earth through

                        United Nations Human Rights Mechanisms

Speaker: Prof. Joshua Cooper, Professor at the University of Hawaii, Director of the Hawaiian Institute for Human Rights


15.30 – 16.00:   Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30:    Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land


Speaker: Dr. Jeremie Gilbert, Senior Lecturer in Law,

Middlesex University



 Traditional Irish Music Session: The Crane Pub, Galway




Friday 17th June:  Minority Rights Applied


 9.30 – 10.30:  The Rohingyas and the Irish Centre for Human Rights’

                       Rohingya Report: One Year On

Speaker: Ms. Nancie Prudhomme, Project Manager, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and Ass. Prof. Joseph Powderly, Grotius Centre, University of Leiden


10.30 - 10.45:  Coffee Break


10.45 – 11.45:   Statelessness and the Protection Needs of Stateless


Speaker: Mr. Amal de Chickera, Head of the Statelessness and Nationality Projects, The Equal Rights Trust, London, UK; and Ms. Stefanie Grant, Senior Advisor, Statelessness Project, The Equal Rights Trust, London, UK


11.45– 12.45:    The Rohingyas: Causes for Flight and Treatment in

                        Countries of Refuge

Speaker: Ms. Chris Lewa, Coordinator, The Arakan Project, Bangkok, Thailand

12.45 – 14.00:   Lunch


14.00 – 15.30:   Hate Speech and Defamation of Religion

Speaker: Dr. Jeroen Temperman, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Erasmus University, Rotterdam


15.30 – 16.00:   Coffee break


16.00 – 17.30:   Class, Caste, Tribe and Rebellion in India

                         Speaker: Dr. Michael Kearney, Fellow in Law, London

                         School of Economics


19.30      Closing Dinner: Cooke’s Restaurant, Galway City Centre