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The New Geopolitics of Peace in the Western Balkans

DCU's Institute for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction hosted this one-day conference in June 2015.  It brought together influential scholars and policy stakeholders to examine the most critical issues affecting peace in this region, and explore viable alternatives for building sustainable peace. The conference addressed questions on the success and limitations of European and international engagement, the prospect for durable peace in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia, the geopolitical interests of EU, NATO and Russia in the region, as well as persisting regional and bilateral tensions in the Western Balkans.


World War I and the Twenty-First Century: Have we Learned Anything about Peace-Building?

This one day conference was hosted by the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee and the IICRR at DCU in May 2015.  The conference focussed on the legacy of World War I and its lessons for peacebuilding. Discussed at the event were the philosophy of just war, social and economic justice and peace as a realisatic alternative to violence along with the challenges of building international and local organisations and agreements to limit national/international violence.  

Ukraine: One Year After Maidan

This one day international conference was organised by the Institue for International Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction at DCU in February 2015.  The conference explored the complex situation in Ukraine, discussing the steps required for a pusposeful response to events in the country.  The keynote speaker was be Aleksander Kwaśniewski (President of Poland 1995-2005). Other speakers included Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (2010 – 2014) along with Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian MP (2006 - 2014) and Maidan activist; Sergey Markedonov, Associate Professor Russian State University for the Humanities and Thornike Gordadze, former Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia.

Conference on Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution

This conference, held in September 2014, addressed themes such as the value and legitimacy of judicial supremacy in a democracy; the role of constitutional courts as forums of contestation in respect of social and economic rights; the regulation of electoral and political processes through judicial review; and the impact of judicial decisions on parliamentary enquiries.

The paper delivered by Justice Adrian Hardiman of the Irish Supreme Court (and Judge-in-Residence of the School of Law and Government at DCU) has been the subject of some debate in the media, notably by UCC’s Conor O’Mahony and  Donncha O’Connell from NUI Galway.The Irish Legal History Society sponsored prize for best paper with a historical dimension was won by Dr Donal Coffey, University of Portsmouth, for his paper on the wider implications of the decision of the Irish Supreme Court in National Union of Railwaymen v Sullivan [1947]. Manchester University Press is to publish an edited volume of chapters from papers delivered at the conference, while there will also be a special edition of the Socio-Legal Studies Review.

IARCEES Conference on Communism and Post-Communism  

Donnacha Ó Beacháin organised the Irish Association for Russian, Central and East European Studies (IARCEES), which took place in DCU from 15-16 March 2013.

With over 100 participants from 20 countries, it was the biggest annual conference in the history of the IARCEES.

Conference on Unrecognised States and protracted conflicts in the former Soviet Union

The issue of protracted conflicts in the former Soviet Union was the focus of an international event at DCU in 2012.

The conference was addressed by the former foreign ministers of the de facto states of Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria, as well as by prominent figures from the other parties to the conflicts - Georgia, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan

Terrorism and New Media: Building a Research Network This international conference in September 2010 brought together academics from a broad range of disciplines, as well as policy-makers and security practitioners with knowledge and/or expertise that can facilitate advances in the study of Terrorism and New Media, particularly the Internet.