Opportunities for Engagement
Our faculty are frequently in demand in national and international media and act as consultants to the Irish Government and national and international bodies on matters of law and legal process, and of politics and government. They serve on the editorial boards of leading academic journals. They act as external evaluators for EU Framework Programmes and for research councils in several countries; and are embedded in the international research network for law and society, comparative politics and international relations (including development and security and conflict studies).
We participate in a number of Open Society Foundation initiatives including:
- Central Asia and Caucasus Research and Training Initiative
- Open Society Curriculum Development Initiative
- Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET). This develops the teaching capacity of university lecturers in social sciences and humanities in post-communist Eurasian countries.
We also work with UNIDEV Advisory Board (an EU-funded programme which links universities in Ireland, Slovakia and Greece on curriculum development in Development Education).
We give seminars on Contemporary Security challenges at the Irish Defence Forces Staff and Command College and on the Irish Naval Cadet training course.
We have also given lectures/seminars to MA students of the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (NMCPCR), in the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi, India
Examples of Individual Engagements
Specific details of individual engagements are detailed below:
- Dr James Gallen, Chairperson of the Irish Society of International Law, is a member of the Human Rights Unit-NGO Standing Committee at the Department of Foreign Affairs.
- Dr Yvonne Daly sits on the board of the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development and is Vice-Chair of the Royal Irish Academy’s Ethical, Political, Legal and Philosophical Studies Committee.
- Dr Adam McAuley is a Member of the National Advisory Committee on Bioethics based in the Department of Health and Children.
- Dr Aisling re Paor is a Burton Blatt Institute Fellow at Syracuse University, New York and regularly collaborates with the Burton Blatt Institute.
- Dr Maura Conway is a Member of the EU Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), a Member of Royal Irish Academy’s International Affairs Committee (Vice-Chair 2009-2013), and part of the Government of India India-Ireland Cooperative Science Programme.
- Dr Paola Rivetti is General Secretary of the Italian Association for Middle East Studies (SeSaMO), and a founding member and board member of the European Iran Research Group based at Lund University. She is on the working group at the University of Milano-Bicocca driving the FP7 project, Empowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterranean countries (SAHWA).