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The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture 2017

Hauwa Ibrahim

hauwaibrahim.jpgFront Line Defenders, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are delighted to be co-hosting Hauwa Ibrahim at this year’s Front Line Defenders Annual Lecture. Hauwa will introduce her current work "Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism" and will also take questions about her work as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and human rights defender.

A well-respected lawyer and author, Hauwa is best known for her work using Sharia Law to defend women convicted unjustly under the Sharia legal system. In 2005, she was honoured with the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Ten years later, on 9 May 2015, she again addressed the European Parliament on the pursuit of a lifetime education. In May 2014, Hauwa was appointed a member of the fact-finding commission regarding the 219 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program, the European Union’s Commission and Ambassadors in Nigeria, and the NGO Lawyers without Borders. In 2000, Hauwa became, through election, the first female National Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association and in 2002 she authored the first draft of the constitution for the Pan African Lawyers Union.

Hauwa Ibrahim has been a visiting professor in several countries and is currently teaching and conducting research at Harvard University. We are delighted to have this chance to hear her speak at the Royal Irish Academy on 27 March at 6:30 PM. Please register here to attend the lecture.

The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture was established in 2013 to provoke discussion and debate about the range of issues affecting human rights defenders as they work tirelessly to bring about changes and build robust civil societies. The lecture is broadly accessible to a general audience with an interest in philosophy, law, human rights or politics.

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UCD School of Philosophy is the largest teaching and research centre for Philosophy in Ireland. The School is unique in the broad range of courses offered and its commitment to pluralism in its approach to Philosophy.Areas of expertise include Contemporary European (Continental Philosophy), Analytic Philosophy, Classical Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy and Cognitive Science. In addition, the interdisciplinary Masters Programme in Philosophy and Public Affairs explores foundational questions in public policy formulation, including issues relevant to the formation of a just society. The issue of a just society connects directly with the concerns and activities of Front Line Defenders which has identified human rights defenders as "key agents of change working towards the creation of more just and equal societies".

Trinity College Dublin's Law School is Ireland's oldest and most renowned. The School's commitment to rigorous legal scholarship has placed it at the forefront of legal research in Ireland. The Law School strives to educate people who will be the leaders of the legal profession, the public service and society, and who will demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and professional ethics and a deep concern for social justice in their practice of law and public service.

UCD School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) is the oldest and the largest school of its kind in the Republic of Ireland, ranking in the global top 100. SPIRe is a dynamic, multi-faceted and highly-international school offering exciting and professionally-valuable programmes of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Our academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of political issues including, among others, ethno-political conflict, human rights, international relations, international political economy, political theory and Ireland's role in the European Union. The School is also home to three research centres: the Centre for Sustainable Development Solutions, the Dublin European Institute, and the Institute for British-Irish Studies.

The UCD Centre for Human Rights is composed of academic staff and researchers at University College Dublin engaged in scholarship in the human rights field. Hosted by the Sutherland School of Law at UCD, the Centre aims to enhance public understanding of human rights through a wide range of activities including publications, conferences, seminars and research projects; and to collaborate with national and international organisations, including national human rights institutions, governmental departments and non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights.