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16 February 2018

Queen’s University, in partnership with the British Academy, will host a public discussion entitled 'Human Rights in an Age of Trump and Brexit' exploring the extent to which current political developments – particularly the election of President Trump and the results of the UK referendum on Brexit – challenge the scope and function of human rights in today’s world.

The event will take place on Thursday 22 February 2018, in the Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon South (in the main University building), starting at 5pm (doors open at 4.30pm). Seats will be allocated on a first come basis.

Part of Queen’s ‘Global Challenge Debates Series’ where world-leading experts discuss the challenges facing current global policy-making, the discussion will see two leading thinkers – Professor Chris McCrudden FBA and Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve FBA – consider the continuities, complexities, and transformations involved in what some have seen as a new era of western law and politics.

Speaking ahead of the event, Professor McCrudden said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Onora O’Neill to take part in this timely debate as part of Queen’s ‘Global Challenge Debates Series’.

“Baroness O’Neill is one of the world’s most distinguished philosophers, famous for her rigorous analysis of the most important political and moral issues of our age, and willing to challenge accepted orthodoxies in the search for workable and legitimate solutions.”  

Internationally renowned human rights law expert, Chris McCrudden is Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law at Queen’s and William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

He holds a first-class law degree from Queen’s, an LLM from Yale, a doctorate from Oxford, and an honorary LLD from Queen’s.

A practicing Barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London, he has been called to both the Northern Ireland Bar and the Bar of England and Wales.

Professor McCrudden’s main research focus is on human rights law. Currently, his research deals with the foundational principles underpinning human rights practice. He was awarded the American Society of International Law’s prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2008 and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Celebrated philosopher, Baroness O’Neill is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Born in Northern Ireland, she studied philosophy, psychology and physiology at Oxford University and completed a doctorate at Harvard. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006 and Honorary Professor of Philosophy in the University of Cambridge.

President of the British Academy from 2005-9, she chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, and has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve).

Baroness O’Neill chaired the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2012-16, and is currently on the boards of the Medical Research Council and the Banking Standards Review.   

Her recent publications address questions about accountability and trust, justice and borders and the future of universities.

The event is open to the public and is free. No registration is required and seats will be allocated on a ‘first come’ basis.

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Media inquiries to Zara McBrearty at Queen's Communications Office on tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3259.


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