Conference – Making Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Meaningful



The Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Initiative (ESCRI) is a coalition of over 60 civil society organisations that support strengthening the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the Irish Constitution.


When: 10.30 am to 3:30pm - 29 March 2017.

Where: Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson St., Dublin 2.

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This event will bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss how enforceable ESC rights such as housing and health would impact on individuals and groups in Ireland, drawing on experiences from other States where ESC rights have been given legal protection.


Keynote address:

  • Jamie Burton – Public Lawyer, Doughty Street Chambers

Jamie Burton is a public lawyer with expertise in judicial review and human rights.  His main areas of practise are human rights, social and clinical care, housing, social security and actions against the police.  He acted in several important cases which challenged central government cuts to public services pursuant to the Equality Act 2010.  He regularly appears in the higher courts, including the Supreme Court.  Jamie is head of the Doughty Street Community Care and Health Team and is a leading authority on the Care Act 2014.


  • Dr. Helen Johnston – National Economic and Social Council
  • Professor Colin Harvey – Queen’s University
  • Professor Gerry Whyte – Trinity College Dublin
  • Siobhan Curran – Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre
  • Eoin Carroll – Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
  • Dr Austin O’Carroll - General Practitioner 
  • Debbie Mulhall – Dolphin House Community Development Association and founding member of Rialto Rights in Action
  • Dr Mary Murphy – Maynooth University and Member of IHREC
  • Eilis Barry – FLAC
  • Dr Pádraic Kenna – NUI Galway
  • Michael Farrell, Solicitor

** To register to attend please go to **

For further information contact  the initiative by mail for further details.

This conference is funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2016-2017

the Irish Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme

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