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Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland

A Continuing Legal Education Program for Lawyers and Ohio University Alumni

May 20 – May 29, 2016

15.5 CLE Hours

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 15.50 total CLE hour(s) instruction.

Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland is organized by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture at Ohio University.

For Anyone Interested in Conflict Resolution, Human Rights

Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland is ideal for lawyers, social justice advocates, journalists, and anyone interested in conflict resolution, human rights, peace activism, and the politics of truth, justice, and reconciliation in post-conflict societies. The program is open to the public. The Supreme Court of Ohio has approved 15.5 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours for Ohio lawyers who fully participate in the program.

This program’s intensive in situ study of Human Rights, Law & Justice in Northern Ireland will improve the professional competence of attorneys in many ways, as they acquire substantive legal knowledge, interact with disparate legal and political actors, and acquire information about serving marginalized populations.

  • Studying Northern Ireland’s historical experience with police abuses of power and state violence is particularly relevant to the legal analysis of similar topics currently occurring in the United States. In light of our shared English common law origins, learning how Northern Ireland has navigated this landscape—both successfully and unsuccessfully— contributes to the substantive legal knowledge and processes American law, and its lawyers, may consider moving forward.
  • The Northern Ireland experience with legal and political limitations and challenges in investigating state violence is instructive to American attorneys utilizing the American justice system to attain the same ends.
  • American lawyers will find instructive the legal framework and strategies available (and the frameworks being sought) to seek truth, justice, and redress for victims of state violence. 
  • The Northern Ireland strategy of utilizing alternatives to mass incarceration, such as restorative justice approaches highlighted in the program, will be useful for American attorneys as Ohio and other states seek alternatives to mass incarceration.

About Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant artistic traditions, and complex sociopolitical history. It is the land of enchantment – from the living musical traditions and stunning city murals of Belfast, to the outstanding natural beauty of the North Coast. Today, Northern Ireland is going through a cultural and artistic renaissance as it emerges from decades of conflict, resistance, and armed struggle known locally as the Troubles.

The Ohio University Center for Law, Justice & Culture’s Continuing Legal Education Travel Program on Human Rights, Law & Justice in Northern Ireland offers participants the unique opportunity to explore human rights, law, and justice through an intensive nine-day legal education program in post-conflict Northern Ireland. The program provides a sociolegal study of political transition, dealing with the past, contested memories, and the legacy of human rights abuses in Northern Ireland. Through a place-based approach, the program emphasizes the practical challenges of seeking and establishing justice in post-conflict society.

The program incorporates a variety of different activities and interactions, including an intensive schedule of special lectures, workshops, and excursions on site in Northern Ireland. Participants will learn through visits to human rights law firms, restorative justice organizations, legal advocacy centers, victims associations, and key historic sites.

About the Center for Law, Justice & Culture

The Ohio University Center for Law, Justice & Culture (CLJC) is an academic community focusing on the critical study of law in relation to society, culture, politics, and power, in US and international contexts. Founded in 2010, the Center coordinates academic courses, research support, and professional development for students, faculty, alumni, and partners. CLJC offers CLE Programs that provide rigorous academic interrogation of critical law and justice issues facing our region, our nation, and our global community. Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland builds on the partnerships and resources that we have developed through our Northern Ireland undergraduate and graduate study abroad program on similar themes, offered annually since 2013. This is the Center’s pilot CLE abroad program – the first of many!

Contact the Presenters

Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland is developed and directed by CLJC Pre-Law Specialist Larry Hayman and CLJC Director Haley Duschinski.

Hayman is an attorney with eight years of experience practicing civil litigation, including Section 1983 and police abuse of power cases. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2006 and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Duschinski is an Associate Professor of Anthropology whose research focuses on law and society in conflict areas. She specializes in human rights, political protest, legal mobilization, and international justice, with experience in India, Cambodia, and Northern Ireland. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 2004.

Please note that this is a working itinerary, subject to change. There may be some additions and/or subtractions to the final itinerary. All site visits and interactions are subject to final confirmations. Be assured that any changes to the program will be made to enhance the overall program, and to promote the smooth operation of the tour.


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