Meetings, Seminars, Conferences & Workshops

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her experiences from the West Bank, and give her suggestions to how peace can be promoted in Israel and occupied Palestine. All welcome!

(1) IIEA and Irish Aid Development Matters lecture series: IIEA, 8 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1

  • Director of the UNDP Human Development Report Office, Dr. Selim Jahan: 31 March, 10.15am

In past decades, there have been significant gains in human development in almost every country, but millions of people have not benefited from this progress. As part of the 2017 Irish Aid/IIEA Development Matters lecture series, Dr Jahan will present the 2016 Human Development Report. In particular, he will discuss barriers to development and how societies can advance human development for everyone in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda. More information on the event can be found here. To register please email or contact +353 (0) 1 8746756. 

(2) IIEA Address - Professor Matthew Goodwin - Why Britain voted to leave the EU and what it means: 30 March, 12.45pm, IIEA, 8 North Great George's Street, Dublin 1 

In this address to the IIEA, Professor Goodwin will draw on his new book, Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union, to demonstrate that the Brexit referendum was the culmination of domestic political trends and developments in the UK's relationship with the EU, which have been building over many years. Professor Goodwin will also discuss the rise of the populist right UK Independence Party, the dynamics of public opinion during the referendum campaign, and the likely impact of the vote on UK and EU politics.

To register, please email, mentioning the [Goodwin] event in the subject line of your email or by phone on +353-1-8746756.

(3) UCD Garret FitzGerald School and Lecture 2017 - The Disruptions of 2016 and the Social Sciences: 30 March, 5pm, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield, Dublin 4

The event will be of interest to policymakers, practitioners, UCD Alumni and members of the wider community interested in the impact of research in the social sciences and related disciplines in understanding society and human behaviour, identifying policy and social problems and addressing societal challenges.

The UCD Garret FitzGerald Lecture features Catherine Day who will address the question 'Where to After Brexit/Trump? Navigating an Uncertain Future. To register please click here.

(4) International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism and Responsibility: 31 March - 2 April, UCC, Cork. 

This international conference, with an inter-disciplinary programme includes papers from over forty eminent speakers and promises to provide lively and timely discussion on one of the most important contemporary issues in the world today. The conference will raise questions that link the suffering in historic Palestine to the manner of Israel’s foundation and its constitutional nature. It aims to generate a debate on legitimacy, exceptionalism and responsibility under international law as provoked by the legal and political reality of the Israeli state. It will also examine how international law could be deployed, expanded, and even re-imagined, in order to achieve peace and reconciliation based on justice.

To register, please visit the conference website at

(5) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 16th Annual Civil Society Forum on Human Rights: 31 March, 8.30am, - 4pm, Dublin Castle

The theme of this year’s Forum is: “Making a difference: The positive role of women in advancing human rights”. 

Joe McHugh, Minister of state for the Diaspora and International Development, will open the Forum at 9am. Mary Robinson will deliver the keynote address. There will be three panel discussions during the day: Gender, women and democracy (panel one); Women as agents of change in communities (panel two); and Women as global activists (panel three). 

To register please download the registration form here and return to by Tuesday 28 March.

(6) Latin American Development Issues Workshop: 1 and 8 April, 10am-3pm, Dublin

A two Saturday workshop to learn about the development issues affecting the region. Sessions will be delivered by people with expertise on the region.

Participants can attend one or both Saturdays. For further information, please contact Cost: €25 per day, €20 for LASC members.

(7) TIDI - Peacebuilding - Practicalities and Challenges: 10 April, 9am-12pm, Neill Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College

Goal 16 of the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development commits member-states to "promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels." What remains unclear is how the ideals of Goal 16 translate into practice at local level.

The practicalities and challenges of local governance in peacebuilding need to be explored. For example, what are the relationships between government and peacebuilders at local level? Is Goal 16 even relevant to a local context? What does it mean to practitioners? Are the frames and indicators of Goal 16 salient and relevant to them? This symposium aims to explore these questions in a series of panel discussions, including researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Please RSVP via the Eventbrite page. All are welcome.

(8) The Budget of the European Union in 2018 and beyond: 11 April, 12.30pm, European Parliament, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

The European Union is preparing its budget for 2018 and considering its budget options for subsequent years. The departure of the United Kingdom will have profound implications for the EU's budget and the numerous projects that are supported by the Union. Richard Ashworth MEP, a member of the Budgets Committee of the European Parliament and Rapporteur on the European Parliament's 2018 Budget will present the current position with the preparation for the EU's 2018 budget as well as potential implications for EU funding post-Brexit.

RSVP to or by phone to 01-6057900.

(9) Preparing for a hard or soft landing? The Implications of Brexit Negotiations for Irish NGOs: 12 April, 12pm-2pm, Dublin

Persuasion Republic and Montague Communications will be hosting an extremely timely lunchtime seminar to examine the potential impact of Brexit – from unchartered negotiation to implementation - on Irish NGOs. The seminar will examine the influence and possible fall out of Brexit across three critical areas of concern to the sector:

  1.  Public Policy and Advocacy - Examining the shifting public policy agenda, in particular implications for cross border politics and advocacy.

  2. Equality and Human Rights - Exploring threats to the protection of equality and human rights integral to the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and EU Law and standards.

  3. Fundraising - Reviewing the changing economic climate and the implications for fundraising and Government funding.

Featuring Quintin Oliver (Director of Strategem, Northern Ireland’s leading public affairs consultancy and a leading advocate for the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement), Deirdre Duffy, Deputy Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) with special responsibility for policy development in equality and human rights plus a speaker from Concern Worldwide. 

Places cost €35 (including lunch). To register please contact Muireann at or call 01-4536836.

(10) Remuneration: Recognition & Reward - Seminar for Charities & Nonprofits: 25 April, 9.15am-1pm, Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin 8

A special seminar for charities / nonprofits taking an in-depth look at remuneration, recognition and reward, brought to you by the Community Foundation for Ireland, Dochas, The Wheel and Adare HRM.

The seminar will be oriented on practical options that are already in place and known to work. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution possible, and nor is there any-single-best-way to approach this, but with sharing our collective experiences on this, we believe that attendees will leave the session with very useful information, advice, and examples to equip them to make progress in this area back in their own organisations.

For further information and to register please click here.

(11) 7th Annual International Symposium on Human Trafficking and Migration: 17 May, 10am - 4.30pm, Brussels

This symposium, hosted by Public Policy Exchange, will provide a timely and invaluable opportunity to develop integrated solutions to tackle human trafficking and migrant smuggling. It will also explore effective means of identifying victims, raising awareness and improving multilateral cooperation. For further information and to register to attend, please click here.