Project Brings Community Leaders to Table in Northern Ireland

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: June 13, 2001

Approximately one hundred and fifty community leaders from throughout Northern Ireland will gather for a two-day conference this week to discuss issues of mutual concern, including parades and marching season and a proposed bill of rights for Northern Ireland.
“Rights, Inclusion, and Approaches to Dealing with Differences in Northern Ireland: A Conference for Community Leaders,” cosponsored by Harvard University’s Project on Justice in Times of Transition, an interfaculty initiative under the auspices of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust, will take place on Lusty Beg Island in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland on June 14-15.
The conference is the Project’s ninth programmatic initiative focused on Northern Ireland, and is part of a multi-faceted three-year plan launched in February 2001. It is designed specifically for community leaders and will focus on the topics of rights, inclusion, and dealing with differences.
Conference speakers will include Justice Albie Sachs of the South African Constitutional Court and a prominent member of the African National Congress, and Dr. Galia Golan, a leader of the Israeli Peace Now movement and an activist in a number of community groups working for peace and women’s rights.
Frederick Schauer, Academic Dean and Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, Kennedy School of Government; and Dr. James Cooney, Director of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, will lead discussions during the conference.
Press should contact Doug Gavel at (617) 495-8290 for more information.

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