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Litigating for Change: conference programme out now

Graphic from conference programme cover

We now have a full programme out for Litigating for Social Change, 19-21 October 2016, Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Belfast, a joint conference by Law Centre (NI), the Social Change Initiative and Atlantic Philanthropies. 

Download the programme here

Last chance to book a place: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/litigating-for-social-change-3-day-conference-tickets-27722386404

This international conference brings together NGOs, community activists, litigators, academics, and funders to reflect on the extent to which strategic litigation has and can transform lives by enabling people and communities around the world to realise their rights. 

The conference will explore lessons that have been learnt to date.  It will consider strategic litigation as an effective tool for social change and explore how it can be more effective.  The conference will also consider models and approaches to supporting strategic litigation and assessing its impact.

Speakers and chairs

Judith Stein, Center for Medicare Advocacy, USA

Nurina Ally, Equal Education Law Centre, South Africa

Baher Azmy, Center for Constitutional Rights, USA

The Hon. Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness, former Supreme Court Judge, The Supreme Court of Ireland

Nick Grono, Freedom Fund, Australia

Gail Birkbeck, The Atlantic Philanthropies

Nicolette Naylor, Ford Foundation, South Africa

Wolfgang Kaleck, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights

Rebekah Read, Leigh Day Solicitors

Gearóid Ó Cuinn, Global Legal Action Network

Anais Berthier, ClientEarth

Shubhaa Srinivasan, Leigh Day Solicitors

Professor Chris Hilson, University of Reading

Thiago Amparo, Central European University

Hugh McLean, Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Programme

Carina du Toit, Legal Resources Centre, South Africa

Gabriela de Luca, Open Society Foundations

Adam Weiss, European Roma Rights Centre

Professor Colin Harvey, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Jason Brickhill, University of Oxford (Former Director: Constitutional Litigation Unit, Legal Resources Centre, South Africa)

Christina Swarns, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. USA

Les Allamby, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Julia Zvelenska, European Council on Refugees

Mary Meg McCarthy, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center USA

Mony Ruiz-Velasco, P.A.S.O USA

Daniel Holder, Committee on the Administration of Justice

Irene de Vos, Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa

Sophie Earnshaw, Child Poverty Action Group, London

Dr Gráinne McKeever, School of Law, Ulster University

Frances Trevena, Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Shelby Quast, Equality Now

Kathryn Stevenson, Children’s Law Centre, Belfast

Professor Laura Lundy, School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor Helen Duffy, Human Rights in Practice

Kyra Hild, International Legal Advisor, Redress

Brian Gormally, Committee on the Administration of Justice

Rupert Skilbeck, Open Society Justice Initiative

Oliver Lewis, Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, Budapest

John Horan, Cloisters Chambers, London

Eilionoir Flynn, NUI Galway

Melissa Murray, PILS Belfast

Eilis Barry, Free Legal Advice Centres, Dublin

Erica Emdon, probono.org, South Africa

Henderson Hill, US Death Penalty 8th Amendment Project

Michael Farrell, Appointed Member of the President of Ireland’s Council of State and Member of the Council of Europe, European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Republic of Ireland

Evelyn Collins, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Martin O’Brien, Social Change Initiative

Ursula O’Hare, Law Centre (NI)

Jennifer Greenfield, Law Centre (NI)

Law Centre (NI) Annual Social Justice Lecture

Baroness Hale, Deputy President, UK Supreme Court 

More information about the Social Justice Lecture here



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