Event: 1913 – 2013: Back to the Future?

The 2013 Sheehy Skeffington School of Human Rights and Social Justice takes place on Saturday 20th April in Liberty Hall, Dublin (Registration 10.00 am). Bookings are open through  www.SheehySkeffingtonSchool.org (see bookings link on site menu). The School provides an opportunity to discuss, develop and promote human rights as a means to protect human dignity, promote equality and achieve a socially sustainable society


Aoife Nolan: Professor of International Human Rights Law, Nottingham University.

Austin O’Carroll: General practitioner, therapist and researcher concerned with health and social inequalities.

Rosemary Cullen Owens: Historian, academic and writer of Smashing Times, A History of the Irish Women’s Suffrage Movement 1889-1922.

John Douglas: Trade Unionist – General Secretary of Mandate trade union and Vice President of ICTU

Donal O’Kelly: Actor and writer renowned for his solo shows Jimmy Joyced, Catalpa, and Cambria  – an account of former slave Frederick Douglas’ journey to Ireland to meet Daniel O’Connell.

Dessie Donnelly: Director (Development) of the Belfast based Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation, where he has worked since 2006.

Mariaam Bhatti: Member of the Domestic Workers Action Group, formed by women working in private homes to fight for dignity, recognition and their rights as workers.

Michael Farrell: Senior solicitor with Free Legal Advice Centres. Former co-chair of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and member of the Irish Human Rights Commission from 2001 to 2011.

Rachel Mullen: Coordinator of Equality and Rights Alliance (ERA), a coalition of civil society groups working together to protect and strengthen the statutory equality and human rights infrastructure.