Alumni News

February 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm

CLJC Offers Northern Ireland Legal Education Program for Alumni

Join the Center for Law, Justice & Culture for a continuing legal education program for lawyers and Ohio University Alumni in Northern Ireland.

Human Rights, Law and Justice in Northern Ireland from May 21-May 29, 2016, is ideal for lawyers, teachers, social justice advocates, journalists, and anyone interested in global affairs, human rights, peace activism, and social change. Irish enthusiasts are especially encouraged to apply!

The program is open to the public.

This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 15.5 total CLE hours instruction.

Reserve your space with a deposit by March 22.

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

This program’s in situ study of human rights, law & justice in Northern Ireland provides participants:

  • One on one interactions with former IRA and Loyalist political prisoners
  • Meetings with national and international human rights advocates
  • Lectures with groups facilitating restorative justice as an alternative to mass incarceration
  • Sessions with Northern Irish barristers pursuing legacy litigation relating to the Troubles
  • And much more!derry murals

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, and CLJC Director Dr. Haley Duschinski, a legal and political anthropologist who specializes in law,  society and power in conflict areas.

“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.

Program 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,” Hayman explains. “The trip’s in-depth embedded study into the Northern Ireland experience tackling these challenges will prove instructive and persuasive to the American experience.”

Visit the program’s Facebook Event page to learn more!

CLJC has developed Northern Ireland partnerships through its annual spring break study abroad program Anthropology 4620: Human Rights, Law and Justice, developed and directed by Duschinski in 2013. Hayman assisted in leading the undergraduate abroad trip in 2014-15 and 2015-2016.


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