CCJHRThe Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is hosting a conference: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights? on Friday, March 28th 2014 from 11am to 5pm. Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1 , Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) is located on the western side of the main UCC campus (see here for map).  Full booking information below.

Securing marriage equality has been described as the ‘civil rights issue of our generation’. The proposed constitutional reform follows on from significant legislative reforms in Ireland on civil partnerships, and further pending legislative reform on children’s rights and family relationships. Across Europe and internationally, constitutional and legislative reforms are taking place addressing rights to same sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in areas such as adoption, guardianship and custody of children and more broadly in the field of relationship recognition. International human rights bodies, including the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, and constitutional courts, are developing a significant body of jurisprudence on the scope and limits of anti-discrimination norms, and on the positive obligations arising for states to provide for marriage equality and relationship recognition.  This conference brings together leading human rights advocates, lawyers and academics to address the many pressing questions that now face Ireland and other jurisdictions engaging in comprehensive reforms of family, constitutional, equality and human rights law.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Wintemute, School of Law, King’s College London (Keynote address)
  • Prof Fiona de Londras, School of Law, Durham University
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers, London
  • Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director, LGBT program, Human Rights Watch
  • Nicholas Bamforth, School of Law, Oxford University
  • Kieran Rose, Gay Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and Member Designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
  • Dr Louise Crowley, Faculty of Law, UCC
  • Dr Conor O’Mahony, Faculty of Law UCC
  • Dr Tanya ni Mhuirthile, TENI and Griffith College Dublin
  • Prof Siobhán Mullally, Faculty of Law, UCC

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1 , Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) is located on the western side of the main UCC campus.

6 CPD Group points available

Registration Fee: €60  (full rate)

Reduced rate: €30 – the reduced fee is available to NGOs, barristers in their first five years in practice, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to three years post qualification experience).

Student registration (available to full-time students with valid ID) – €20

Advanced registration is essential. Online booking available here.

Conference convenor: Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC, email and Dr Claire Murray, CCJHR,

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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at] or (+353) 1 716 4129.