Do international rule of law and human rights still matter? Ireland’s role at the UN in Geneva

IIEA26th May 20162min
Patricia O’Brien argued that the rule of law at the international level and human rights are more important and more vulnerable than ever.

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About the Speech:

Patricia O’Brien argued that the rule of law at the international level and human rights are more important and more vulnerable than ever. Widespread conflicts, global economic turmoil, overwhelming movements of refugees and migrants, climate change, environmental disasters, rising joblessness and growing inequality between rich and poor are now realities to be confronted. She examined these challenges through the prism of human rights and the rule of law and explored Ireland’s contribution to human rights worldwide, including its recent term of membership at the Human Rights Council.

About the Speaker:  

Patricia O’Brien is currently the Ambassador of Ireland to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva. From August 2008 to September 2013, she was Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations. She previously served as Legal Adviser to the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Senior Legal Adviser to the Attorney General of Ireland and Ireland’s Legal Counsellor to the European Union in Brussels.