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Plenary Speakers

PLENARY SESSION 1: "Grassroots Advocates to Global Actors: Community, National and Intergovernmental Responses to Hate Crime."

Dr Stephanos Stavros, Executive Secretary, European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance

Stephanos Stavros has been the Executive Secretary to ECRI, the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance, since June 2009. He has also worked for the Council of Europe’s central administration, its Legal Affairs Directorate General, and the European Court and Commission of Human Rights; also for the legal department of the Greek MFA and the Greek Council for Refugees. Stephanos Stavros has studied law in Athens and London. He has a PhD and an MBA and has published extensively in the fields of human rights, minority protection and criminal law.

Professor Gail Mason, University of Sydney

Gail Mason is Professor of Criminology and Associate Dean at the Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. Gail’s research centres on crime, social justice and exclusion, particularly: racist and homophobic violence; hate crime law and punishment; and the legal construction of hatred. She is co-ordinator of the Australian Hate Crime Network and Chief Investigator on the ARC funded Hate Crime Law and Justice Project which is undertaking an international comparison of hate crime laws. She is also involved in research exploring sexual assault law, cyber-racism, the policing of prejudice motivated crime and resilience amongst former refugees.

From 2008-2012, Gail was Director of the Sydney Institute of Criminology and has held positions as Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Executive Editor of Current Issues in Criminal Justice, Associate Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and Series Editor for the Sydney Institute of Criminology Monograph Series. Gail is currently the NSW representative on the Corrective Services NSW Ethics Committee. She has conducted research either at or for the Victorian Department of Justice, NSW Anti-Discrimination Board, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the London Metropolitan Police Service, the Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission and the NSW Attorney-General’s Department. In 2008 Gail was awarded the Allen Bartholomew Award for the best article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. In 2009 she was invited to deliver the distinguished JV Barry Memorial Lecture in Criminology at the University of Melbourne. Gail has previously worked in Gender Studies at the University of Sydney, Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Salome Mbugua, AkiDwA

Salome Mbugua is a native of Kenya and has lived in Ireland since 1994. She is the founder, former CEO and currently President of AkiDwA-the African and migrant Women’s Network Ireland.  She has over 20 years of experience working with underrepresented groups, in particular with women, children, and the youth in Kenya, Uganda, DR. Congo and Ireland. Her background is in Social Work, International Development and Philosophy. Salome is a strong advocate of equality and justice and serves in various boards at National and European level. Salome is OHCHR-UN 2015 Fellows- People of African Descent programme. She has been a member of ENAR (Brussels) expert group developing ENAR strategy/ framework on People of African Descent and Black Europeans for lobbying European Commission. Holding a Master’s degree graduate from UCD, Salome is currently undertaking doctoral research at Trinity College Dublin.

PLENARY SESSION 2: “The Emperor Wears No Clothes!”: Addressing the absence of hate crime laws in Ireland."

Dr Amanda Haynes 

Amanda Haynes is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Limerick. Amanda’s research interests centre on the analysis of discursive, classificatory and physical violences, particularly those which are motivated by prejudice. Her recent research focuses in particular of gender variant persons’ experiences of hostility and their interactions with the criminal justice system. She is a co-director of both the Hate and Hostility Research Group and the Power, Discourse and Society Research Group at the University of Limerick. Amanda’s research has been funded by the European Union, the Irish Research Council and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Her research in the areas of hate crime, migration studies and stigma has been published in high ranking journals such as the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and New Media and Society and she is editor of collections with Rowman Littlefield International and Palgrave Macmillan. Amanda’s commitment to her students was recognised twice by the University of Limerick, where she was awarded the Excellent in Teaching Award in 2005 and 2011. Following her long service on the executive committee of the Sociological Association of Ireland, she was elected President of the Association for the 2008 term. 

Jennifer Schweppe is a lecturer in law at the University of Limerick. She is co-founder and co-director of the International Network for Hate Studies. She is also co-founder and co-director of the University of Limerick-based Hate and Hostility Research Group, the only academic research group in Ireland dedicated to exploring and understanding hate crime in an Irish context. She has published widely in the area of hate crime, and her work explores the experience, understanding, and potential future reform of hate crime in an Irish context. Her work in the area of hate crime has been funded by the Irish Research Council (Monitoring Hate Crime: Analysis and Development of Online Third Party Reporting), the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (Out of the Shadows: 360° Evaluation of Hate Crime in Ireland), and the European Union (The Life Cycle of a Hate Crime: Best Practice in the Prevention and Prosecution of Hate Crime).

Stephen O'Hare

Stephen is currently Senior Research and Policy Programme Manager with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) where he has worked for the past 6 years. In 2015, he was appointed to the board of the Irish Traveller Movement (ITM).  In 2014, he led the Irish civil society delegation to Geneva for Ireland’s Fourth Periodic Examination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and has twice coordinated the civil society stakeholder response for Ireland under the Universal Periodic Review (2011 and 2016). In recent years, Stephen has worked extensively in the area of hate crime research and is currently Coordinator of the pan-European Lifecycle of Hate Crime research project funded by the European Commission. Prior to joining the ICCL, Stephen worked as Policy and Research Officer with Pavee Point, the national Traveller and Roma organisation; Research Officer with the National Council on Ageing and Older People; Consultant Researcher for the Health Services Executive (HSE) and as an independent research consultant. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science (2004) and Master’s degree in Applied Social Research (2005) from Trinity College Dublin. In 2015 he completed the Barrister-at-Law degree at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

PLENARY SESSION 3: "Hate Crime as Pathology: Motivation, Effect, Health and Illness."

Professor Paul Iganski

Paul Iganski is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Lancaster University Law School, UK. For a decade-and-a-half he has specialized in research, writing, teaching, and public engagement about hate crime and hate speech. His books include Hate Crime. A Global Perspective (2015), Hate Crime and the City (2008), Hate Crimes Against London’s Jews (2005), and the edited volumes Hate Crime: The Consequences of Hate Crime (2011), and The Hate Debate (2002). He particularly applies a victim-centred harms-based approach focusing on the impacts and consequences of hate crime and hate speech. He mostly conducts his research in collaboration with, or commissioned by, NGOs and the equalities sector and has extensive experience of cross-national analysis of the problems of hate crime, hate speech, and legal and criminal justice remedies, through projects commissioned by the European Network Against Racism, the Minority Rights Group International, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Scotland). He is currently working on a project examining the prosecution of hateful discourse by the courts in England and Wales. He has also recently served as expert adviser to the European Parliament project on The European Legal Framework on Hate Speech, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.

Dr Nathan Hall

Nathan Hall's  principal research interest lies in the field of hate crime and in particular criminal justice responses to hate crime in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere. His doctoral research involved a comparative analysis of the policing of hate crime in London and New York City and specifically examined issues including organisational and individual police culture, investigative processes and practices, service provision, the 'lived experience' of both police officers and victims in the policing of hate crimes, and the social construction of the hate crime 'problem'. He have published widely in this field, predominantly in the area of policing, but also in relation to other areas of the criminal justice system, and the motivations for hate offending and how these might be addressed.

Dr Lucy Smith

Dr. Lucy Smith is a Clinical Psychologist working within the HSE. She has worked in both adult and child mental health services. Prior to completing her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at the University of Limerick, she conducted a research Ph.D. in Psychology on the acute effects of smoking on fetal behaviour at Queen’s University, Belfast. She wrote her Masters’ thesis on gender identity development of female to male transsexuals at the University of Ulster which first introduced her to the personal, interpersonal, and cultural struggles faced by people with GID in Ireland at that time. Today, she remains interested in the development and difficulties encountered by those with Gender Dysphoria and the wider issue of hostility directed against minority and vulnerable groups. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Rape Crisis Midwest. 


David Joyce

David Joyce is a Barrister at Law, and member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. He was also nominated by the Commission as the Irish representative on the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).  Previously David was Legal Officer with Threshold and prior to that was Interim Manager of LEAP (Legal Education for All Project). He also held positions as Co-ordinator of the Offaly Traveller Movement and as Legal Policy Officer with the Irish Traveller Movement.  David was a member of expert bodies such as the European Roma Rights Centre Budapest, the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, the Bar Council of Ireland, the Executive of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the National Economic and Social Forum. He graduated from Kings Inns with a Barrister at Law Degree and a Diploma in Legal Studies and from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth with a Diploma in Community Development and Youth Work.