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Minority Rights & Indigenous Peoples Summer School, June 14-18, 2010

Below you can find the programme of the 2010 Summer School on minority rights and indigenous people, organized on yearly basis by the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUI Galway).

The aim of the course is to provide participants with an overview of the legal, political and philosophical issues pertaining to international human rights law and its relationship to minority rights and the rights of indigenous peoples.

During the course participants seek to understand, assimilate and critically evaluate legal arguments with respect to the international minority rights regime and how it pertains to minorities and indigenous peoples. In addition they are encouraged to analyse the underlying philosophical basis within the discourse and to become familiar with current debates and cases with a special focus on issues such as the right to land, affirmative action policies, and effective political participation and restitution.

Deadline for application is 15 May 2010.

2010 Programme
  Preliminary Programme: Minority Rights in the European Union Monday, 14 June: Concepts

  •  Alexandra Xanthaki, University of Brunel
  • Joshua Castellino, Middlesex University

 Tuesday, 15 June: Institutions

  •  Elvira Dominguez-Redondo, Middlesex University, The UN System
  • Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, University of Nottingham, and 1st Irish Member of UN Human Rights committee (Topic TBD)
  • Patrick Thornberry, ILO

Wednesday, 16 June: Other Institutions

  •  Vincent DeGraaf, OSCE
  • Joshua Cooper, University of Hawaii: Permanent Forum on Indigenous People’s

 Thursday, 17 June: Multiculturalism in Europe and its discontents

  •  Dr. David Keane, Middlesex University, Introduction to Minorities in Europe
  • Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Irish Centre for Human Rights: Islam in Europe
  • Dr. Jeremie Gilbert: Minorities in France

 Friday, 18 June: Customary Law, Traditional Knowledge & Human Rights
 Morning sessions: (9- 1)

  •  Customary law and the protection of minority rights conflicts and synergies – Joshua Castellino /David Keane
  • Discovery, land rights and customary law – Jeremie Gilbert
  • Customary law, prior informed consent and resource rights, Cathal Doyle

 Afternoon session: 2-6 PM:

  •  Resurrecting Indigenous Law – John Borrows
  • Customary law and human rights the case of the Saami – Matthias Ahren – President Saami Council
  • Customary law, traditional knowledge and human rights – Brendan Tobin

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