RDV: Experiences of Being the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection to the Government of Ireland

Thursday, January 26, 14:15-15:30 CET

Welcome to this semester’s first RDV seminar. We kick off the semester with insights by Conor O’Mahony on his experiences of being the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection to the Government of Ireland. He will provide us with an overview of the nature of the position, which is relatively unusual at a national level, and highlight some of the main issues in the policy work and child protection field that arose during his three years as the Special Rapporteur.

O’Mahony will join us on Zoom, but those who are in Bergen are welcome to join us physically in Styrerommet (Christies gate 17, second floor, room 17.103) – as usual, snacks and coffee will be served. For those who join digitally, here is the Zoom link: https://uib.zoom.us/j/69099193223?pwd=bDdFaHNHRnJDaFhCaXN1NU9rMHEzQT09

Conor O’Mahony is Professor at the University College Cork (Ireland). He is also the Director of the Child Law Clinic at the university, through which he works to support litigation concerning children and to advocate for law reform in the area of child law. Professor O’Mahony’s research interests lie broadly in the areas of constitutional law and child law, with a particular focus on family and children’s rights. From 2019 to 2022, he served as Special Rapporteur on Child Protection to the Government of Ireland, a role which included annually reporting on significant child protection developments. http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/B012/conor.omahony@ucc.ie