Conference Programme

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DAY 1 – Thursday 23rd November 2017

9:45 – 10:00

Welcome and Opening Words by Chair of DSA Ireland, Mary van Lieshout

10:00 - 10.45

Opening Keynote Address:

“Why a human rights based approach is essential to sustainable development: the link between human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals”

Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

10.45 - 11.30

Keynote Address:  

"Realising rights for people with disabilities globally: exploring double and triple discrimination based on intersecting identities"

Dr. Mary Keogh, Senior Advisor on Disability and Gender Equality, CBM International

11.30 - 12.00

Coffee Break

12.00 - 13.30

Parallel Sessions 1 (see below)

13.30 - 14.30

Lunch  / Annual General Meeting / Post-graduate Students Sessions

14.30 - 16.00

Parallel Sessions 2

16:00 - 17:30

Buffet Reception


DAY 2 – Friday 24th November 2017


Invited Speaker:

"Development through rights: unicorns, passing ships or the possible democratic politics of socioeconomic rights" 

Dr. Su-ming Khoo, School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway.


Coffee Break


Parallel Sessions 3




Parallel Sessions 4


Plenary Roundtable: Protecting the Investment in Rights Based Development: Multi sectoral Perspectives.


  • Deirdre Mortell, Social Innovation Fund

  • Dr. Fiona Lithander, University of Bristol

  • Tinotenda Salome Honda, Women's Rights and Gender Justice Programme Coordinator, Oxfam Zimbabwe

  • Dr. Ibrahim Natil, Dublin City University


Chair: Nicola Brennan, Irish Aid


Closing Remarks: Mary van Lieshout, Chair of DSAI