Welcome speech




Panel I. Achieving Justice: The Role of International Organisations

Panel II : State Crimes and Human Rights


Panel III: Improving Conventions to Protecting Human Rights



24 November 2023








Panel IV: Responsibility to Protect
Panel V : Protecting Vulnerable Groups

Closing Remarks




25 November 2023


Coffee-Tea Break

Abstracts & Biographies


Research Group on Human Rights and Politics


University College Dublin

Crimes Against Humanity: Strengthening Accountability under the Global Human Rights

As progress towards a dedicated UN Convention on Crimes Against Humanity continues apace, challenging questions arise as to how this new treaty will ‘fit’ within the existing panoply of international human rights mechanisms that have a role to play in holding states accountable for massive human rights atrocities. To what extent do existing human rights mechanisms adequately address the perpetration by states of such atrocities or their failure to prevent them? Will a new treaty mechanism ‘add value’ to the existing institutional architecture or might other ways be imagined by which new treaty obligations could be successfully integrated into the existing system? Drawing on recent insights in international human rights theory and practice, this paper will explore such questions having regard to the core aim of the proposed Convention, i.e. to strengthen inter-state cooperation and national prosecution and prevention of crimes against humanity.

Dr. Suzanne Egan is Associate Professor in the Sutherland School of Law at University College Dublin and Director of Knowledge Exchange for the School. She is the founding Director of the UCD Centre for Human Rights (2015-2019) and currently serves as the Centre’s Deputy Director. Suzanne has published widely in the field of international human rights law, policy and education and was awarded a Higher Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by the National University of Ireland in 2017 for her published work in the field. Significant works include her monograph on The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Law and Procedure (Bloomsbury, 2012) which was shortlisted for the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Kevin Boyle prize for outstanding legal scholarship; her edited collection, International Human Rights Law: Perspectives from Ireland (Bloomsbury, 2015); and most recently Extraordinary Rendition and Human Rights: Examining State Accountability and Complicity (Palgrave, 2019). Suzanne teaches courses on International and European Human Rights Law and Human Rights Education in the Sutherland School of Law and was awarded a University Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, and a College of Social Sciences and Law Award in 2022, for her sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. Suzanne is a graduate of U.C.D. and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto and a qualified barrister. Prior to lecturing at UCD, she was the Legal Supervisor of an independent research centre on refugee law and policy in Canada and a Research Assistant at the Law Reform Commission in Ireland. She has engaged in human rights training for various non-governmental organisations, the Council of Europe as well as members of the legal profession. She has also served for two terms as a member of the Irish Human Rights Commission and of the Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Suzanne has been invited on several occasions to brief members of the Irish Parliament on key issues of international human rights law and has provided advice to the Irish Constitutional Convention on the concept of an all-Ireland Charter of Human Rights. Suzanne has been a Visiting Professor at DePaul Law School, Chicago, the University of Connecticut and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. She is currently an honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Human Rights Implementation Centre.