PUBLISHED:October 25, 2018

Ireland's Referendum Repealing the Abortion Ban

Aisling Reidy & Christine Ryan -- Ireland's Referendum Repealing the Abortion Ban, Nov. 14 Aisling Reidy & Christine Ryan -- Ireland's Referendum Repealing the Abortion Ban

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
12:30 PM | Room 4045

Aisling Reidy, Senior Legal Advisor at Human Rights Watch, and Christine Ryan, S.J.D. candidate at Duke Law and a Fulbright Fellow, will discuss the Irish abortion referendum and women's rights internationally. This talk will be moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Senior Lecturing Fellow and Supervising Attorney of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law.

The event is one of many presented as part of "Duke at Home in the World,” a program of the Duke University Office of Global Affairs, throughout November 2018.

This is part of the Human Rights in Practice series, which is presented by Duke Law School's International Human Rights Clinic and the Center for International and Comparative Law. This program is co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; the Human Rights Law Society; and, the International Law Society.

Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Balfour Smith.


Aisling Reidy

Aisling Reidy has served as senior legal advisor at Human Rights Watch since 2006, focusing on Europe and Central Asia, the Americas, and several African states. She has taught international humanitarian law and human rights law at a university level.

Previously, Reidy, an Irish Barrister, was the director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. She also worked in The Hague as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. During her career, Reidy has litigated multiple cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has appeared on behalf of Turkey’s Kurdish victims of rights violations. Immediately after the Kosovo War, she worked in Kosovo as senior human rights analyst for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, where amongst other responsibilities she worked with families of the “disappeared” as the head of a victim identification and recovery program. 

She is a fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, in the United Kingdom, and was a senior research fellow at University College London. She holds a law degree from the National University of Ireland and a master’s in international human rights law from University of Essex.

Christine Ryan

Christine A. Ryan is a final year doctoral student at Duke Law and the Duke Global Health Institute. Her research focuses on feminist and human rights-based approaches to abortion access. She has completed fieldwork in Ireland, Geneva, and Kenya to analyze the role of human rights in abortion politics. Prior to Duke, Christine worked as a human rights officer with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade where she focused on business and human rights, women's rights and the protection of civic space.