Friday September 16

12.00 - 1.00 Registration, sandwiches, tea, coffee
1.00 - 3.00 Symposium I
Rights, Religion and the Law

Conveners: Fiona de Londras (UCD School of Law) and Suzanne Egan (UCD School of Law)

Anicée Van Engeland-Nourai (University of Exeter)
‘Religion, Human Rights and Democracy in Muslim Constitutions: an Overview’
Eoin Daly (Dublin City University)
‘Laïcité and Gender Equality: Between state neutrality and non-domination’
Nazila Ghanea
(Oxford University)
‘Rights, Women and Human Rights Change’
Kathleen Cavanaugh (Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway)
‘Religion in the Public Square’
3.00 - 3.30 Coffee break
3.30 - 4.00 Conferral of Doctor of Law, Honoris Causa on Shirin Ebadi
Introductory Address: Colin Scott (UCD School of Law)
4.00 - 5.30 Key Note Address
Shirin Ebadi
‘Islamic States and the Possibility of Reform’
Chair: Maria Baghramian (UCD School of Philosophy)
5.30 - 6.30 Wine Reception


Saturday September 17

9.30-11.30 Symposium II
Human Rights. Religion and the State

Convener: Graham Finlay (UCD School of Politics)

Attracta Ingram (SPIRe, UCD)
‘Thick or Thin States and the Claims of Pluralism’
Guy Haarscher (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
‘Religion and the Limits of Free Speech'
Gerard Casey (Philosophy, UCD)
‘Human Rights: Free-Floating Abstractions or Anchored Entitlements?’
George Ulrich (Rector, Riga Graduate School of Law)
‘Charged Encounters: Freedom of expression, religious defamation and the contestation of human rights’
11.30-12 Coffee Break
12.00-1.30 Symposium III
Islam and Gender

Convener: Roja Fazaeli (TCD School of Religions and Theology)

Ziba Mirhosseini (Independent Researcher and SOAS)

‘Muslim Women's Demand for Equality: Between Theology and Politics’
Maleiha Malik (King's College, London)

‘The Other Woman: Islam and Religious Difference in the European Public Sphere’
Siobhan Mullally (University College Cork)
'Gender, Islam and Migration in Europe: the borders of rights discourse'

1.30 Launch by Dr Ebadi of Keeping Iran's Heart Beating- Stories of Women's Rights Activists
An Amnesty International Exhibition of Iranian Human Rights Activists
Followed by sandwiches, tea, coffee
For more information on the exhibition, click here
3.00-4.30 Symposium IV
Civil Society, Religion and the Irish State

Convener: John Baker (UCD School of Social Justice)

Patrick Allen (Senior Partner, Hodge Jones and Allen LLP, London)
‘Claiming Redress: A lawyer’s perspective on the Residential Institutions Redress Board'
Maeve O’Rourke (Justice for Magdalenes, Harvard Global Human Rights Fellow 2010)
‘Human Rights for Magdalene Survivors: moving towards restorative justice and reparations’
Katherine Zappone (Centre for Progressive Change and Senator, Seanad Éireann)
‘A Time for Just Love: the Case for Marriage Equality in Ireland'
4.30-5.00 Break
5.00-6.30 Closing Key Note Address
Ramin Jahanbegloo (University of Toronto)
'Two Concepts of Secularism'
A Scholars at Risk/Amnesty International Address
7.00 Dinner
(open to all conference participants)