December 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

CLJC Announces Northern Ireland Trip for Adult Learners, Feb. 27-March 6

Interested alumni and friends can travel to Northern Ireland with the Center for Law, Justice & Culture in Spring 2016.

The Ohio University College of Arts & Sciences announces an intensive nine-day trip for adults interested in learning about Human Rights, Law & Justice in Northern Ireland. It takes place Feb. 27 through March 6, 2016.

BelfastCourthouseThe trip is open to the public.

The registration deadline is Jan. 15.

Lawyers are especially encouraged to participate. The program has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio for 15.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), which is currently pending. 

Northern Ireland is known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant artistic traditions, and complex sociopolitical history. Today, the region is going through a cultural and artistic renaissance as it emerges from decades of conflict, resistance, and armed struggle known as “the Troubles.”

This Human Rights, Law & Justice in Northern Ireland trip provides an academic study of political transition, dealing with the past, contested memories, and the legacy of human rights abuses in Northern Ireland.

The trip is led by Ohio University Pre-Law Specialist Larry Hayman, an OHIO alumnus (B.A. 2003) who joined the Center for Law, Justice & Culture in 2014 after eight years of legal practice.

“The trip focuses on police abuse of power, distrust of governmental actors, violence and suspicion between citizens, the quest for truth, struggles for justice, and alternatives to incarceration, “ says Hayman.

DSC_0849Program participants will spend time in Belfast and Derry, with a day exploring the Giants Causeway on the North Coast.

Through a place-based approach, the program emphasizes the practical challenges of seeking and establishing justice in post-conflict society.

“The issues the trip focuses on in Northern Ireland are currently permeating our own country as well – and we will need the expertise and vision of lawyers to help solve them. The trip’s in-depth embedded study into the Northern Ireland experience tackling these challenges will prove instructive and persuasive to the American experience.”

The tentative cost of the program, including hotel, airfare, ground transportation, seminars, and site visits, is approximately $4,100.

CLJC has developed Northern Ireland partnerships through its annual spring break study abroad program Anthropology 4620: Human Rights, Law and Justice, directed by CLJC Director and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Haley Duschinski. Hayman accompanied the undergraduate abroad trip in 2014-15.

Both trips – for adult learners, and for study  abroad students – will run concurrently in 2016.

DSC_0017Through interactions with local solicitors, human rights advocates, ex-political prisoners, victims associations, and restorative justice actors, participants will gain firsthand knowledge of the politics of truth, justice, and reconciliation in this vibrant post-conflict region.

Interested participants should contact Larry Hayman at as soon as possible, but no later than Jan. 8, 2016.  Deposits are due no later than Jan. 15, 2016.

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