ILS Annual Dinner 2013


The Irish Literary Society Annual Dinner takes place every May at a prestigious central London venue, in recent years this has been the National Liberal Club (pictured). A major guest speaker is invited to address the society. Speakers in recent years include Seamus Heaney and Dermot Healy. As we have not yet set-up our e-commerce facility on the website please download the application and return it to the ILS Secretary: – THE IRISH LITERARY SOCIETY_2013 dinner The cost for tickets for members is £42.50 and for non-members £47.50 .



At the 2013 dinner the guest speaker will be Professor Conor Gearty. Prof Gearty studied law at University College Dublin and qualified as a solicitor in the Republic of Ireland. He then went to Cambridge University (Wolfson College) where he took a Masters Degree in Law and after that a PhD, in environmental law. By then he had become a Fellow in Law at Emmanuel College and he stayed in that job for seven years, before moving to King’s College London in the early 1990s. After many happy years at King’s he moved to LSE in 2002, to a post in the law department but also to become the first Rausing Director of LSE’s new Centre for the Study of Human Rights centre for the study of human rights .

Prof Gearty’s academic research focuses primarily on civil liberties, terrorism and human rights. His first book (co-authored with his colleague at both Cambridge and King’s, Keith Ewing) was Freedom under Thatcher and as its subtitle made clear it dealt with the state of civil liberties in modern Britain. He then wrote a book on terrorism, simply entitled Terror which was published by Faber and Faber in 1991. Since then he has kept up his interest in both these subjects, writing more books on each e.g. Civil Liberties.  Since arriving at LSE he has deepened his interest in human rights law and, more generally, in human rights – writing a book in 2004 called Principles of Human Rights Adjudication and a more inter-disciplinary and shorter book in 2006, Can Human Rights Survive? This last book was based on his 2005 Hamlyn lectures. Another recent book is a selection of essays on human rights and terrorism, published in April 2008 by Cameron May. His most recent book is a coauthored work with Virginia Mantouvalou: Debating Social Rights. He is also the author of the web-based project, completed in February 2011, The Rights Future

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