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Retrogression of Human Rights Protections in Northern Irelan

Retrogression of Human Rights Protections in Northern Ireland 
Thursday, June 9, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Free for City Bar Members. 

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This program will discuss the human rights implications of plans to deal with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland and on plans to reform the Human Rights Act. In July 2021, the UK government proposed a controversial set of new measures for dealing with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland -- most notably an amnesty -- which would stop victims and survivors from accessing justice. If implemented, these proposals, could also violate international human rights laws which require effective investigations into conflict-related deaths and other serious human rights abuses. Then, in December 2021, the UK government announced plans to significantly reduce the nature and degree of human rights protection across the country. These measures will likely undermine the peace agreement in Northern Ireland.  Join us as we bring together lawyers and practitioners from the UK and the US to discuss the proposed legislation through a legal lens and to gain the opportunity for informed engagement with the legal issues that these plans raise.

Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor of International Human Rights Law, Fordham Law School

Brian Dooley, Senior Advisor, Human Rights First
Nazia Latif, Founder, Right Practice
Aoife O'Donoghue, Professor of Law, Queen's University Belfast
Jacob Smith, UK Accountability Officer, Rights & Security International

Sponsoring Committee:
International Human Rights, Ramya Jawahar Kudekallu, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committees:
Council on International Affairs, Mark Meyer, Chair
European Affairs, Jonathan Halpern, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:
Rights and Security International

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