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For the past two decades, democracies have made counter-terrorism efforts a foreign policy priority. This has coincided with the growth of human rights narratives as a fundamental feature of such democracies. However, a number of counter-terrorism measures have raised serious human rights concerns. How do states ensure strong national security while protecting the fundamental human rights they claim as the bedrock of their society?

Galway native, Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism. Her book On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post Conflict Process was published by Oxford University Press (2011). She recently edited the Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict (2017).

Chaired by Siobhán Mullally, Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway.