Seán Lester Annual Lecture

Conor Gearty 1st November 2012

The Seventh Annual Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and was entitled "Liberty and Security: Reflections on Freedom in a Post Counter-Terrorism World. The lecture was chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell.

William Schabas 8th June 2011

The Sixth Annual Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Prof. William SchabasDirector of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway.  Prof. Schabas, one of the world's leading experts in human rights and international criminal law, spoke on the topic: “Ding, Dong, The Witch is Dead: How the World Deals with Terrorists and Tyrants.

Patricia O'Brien 11 March 2010

The Fifth Annual Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Ms. Patricia O'Brien, Under Secretary General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel on the topic of 'Legal Challenges Facing the United Nations: An Appraisal from the Legal Counsel's Perspective'

Christine Bell 28th October 2008

The Fourth Annual Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Prof. Christine Bell of the University of Ulster on the topic 'On the Law of Peace'. Prof. Bell argued that there is a new lex pacificatoria or 'law of the peacemakers' emerging from the practice of peacemaking through peace agreements. The lecture was chaired by Prof. John Jackson, Dean of the Faculty of Law at UCD and was followed by the launch of Prof. Bell's new book, 'On the Law of Peace: Peace Agreements and theLe Pacificatoria' (OUP).

Vaughan Lowe 12th December 2007

The Third Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Prof. Vaughan Lowe of All Souls College, Oxford on the topic of 'The Double-Edged Sword: International Law in Domestic Courts'. Prof. Lowe discussed the advantages and disadvantages of domestic courts applying international law in the cases before them. Whilst this process can lead to increased recognition of international human rights norms, it can also lead to an increase in the powers of the government. The event was chaired by Michael McDowell SC.

Ruth Wedgwood 6th December 2006

The Second Seán Lester Lecture was delivered by Prof. Ruth Wedgwood of Johns Hopkins University and Yale University on the topic 'Ban Ki Moon May be Sorry: The Intractable Difficulties of UN Reform'. 

Prof. Wedgwood criticised the political and managerial problems of the United Nations. The event was chaired by Mr. Justice Nicholas Kearns of the Supreme Court.

Philipe Sands QC 27th June 2005

Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law at University College London, delivered ISIL's inaugural Seán Lester Lecture on the topic of 'Lawless World: International Law after 9/11 and Iraq'. Prof. Sands discussed political issues surrounding the process the led to the war in Iraq. The event was chaired by Patrick Gageby SC.