State Accountability for Vulnerability – Call for Papers

On September 9th 2016, the Socio-Legal Research Centre, Dublin City University will host its biennial law and society conference. Following on from the success our inaugural conference on Judges, Law and the Irish Constitution in 2014, the theme of this year’s conference is State Accountability for Vulnerability. The purpose of the conference is to analyse the response of the Irish State to present and historic vulnerability caused or exacerbated by public policy. The conference will have two streams, one which examines the detail of vulnerability in defined areas. A second examines the various accountability mechanisms which have or could be used to acknowledge the State’s role in creating and/or contributing to this vulnerability and to provide remedies to victims/survivors.  Other themes to be discussed at the conference include historic institutional abuse, disability, ethnic minority groups, asylum seekers, migration and direct provision, vulnerabilities, investigative mechanisms for accountability etc. The conference will bring together academics, practitioners; judges; politicians; representatives from NGOs and other civil society organisations and postgraduate students.

A selection of papers from our previous conference Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution were compiled in an edited collection and published by Manchester University Press. This book will be officially launched on the evening of the conference. A similar peer-reviewed edited collection from the papers presented at this conference will be produced in 2017.

Plenary Speakers: Prof Nina A. Kohn, Syracuse University College of Law; Prof Titti Mattsson, Lund University; Lord  Lester of Herne Hill, QC; Noeline Blackwell, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

Conference Convenors: Dr James Gallen, Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU; Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile, Socio-Legal Research Centre, DCU

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Dr Tanya Ní Mhuirthile:

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