The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCHJR) at University College Cork will host its sixth annual postgraduate conference on Thursday, 26th April 2012 in Áras na Laoi, UCC. The theme for this year’s event is “Transformation and Reform: Structures and Mechanisms for Rights-Based Protections”. The aim is to examine the implications for individuals and rights-based protections that arise from recent proposals for major reforms at the national, European and international level.  This theme is intended to encourage debate and reflection on the challenging question of ensuring the protection of fundamental rights during periods of change and crisis.

The conference features a diverse range of papers which will be presented by practitioners and research scholars from a variety of institutions in Ireland, the UK and Europe.  Topics include reform and transformation of Irish legal processes, refugee and immigration law, international  humanitarian law, human rights based approaches to criminal law, sexual offences and sentencing. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Christopher McCrudden of Queen’s University Belfast. Professor McCrudden is currently working on an integrated theory of comparative human rights law, and is an expert on equality and discrimination, as well as the relationship between international economic law and human rights.

For practitioners: 5.5 general CPD points are available for attendance at this conference. To reserve your place at the conference, please complete a registration form and send it to ucclawconf@gmail.com. There is a €30 attendance fee which can be paid on the day. All details are available here.

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Written by Fiona de Londras

Fiona de Londras is a Professor of Law in Durham University. Her third book, Detention in the War on Terrorism: Can Human Rights Fight Back?, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. She specialises in terrorism and counter-terrorism, human rights protection in Ireland and more generally, and international criminal law. You can contact Fiona at fiona.de-londras[@]durham.ac.uk