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Mr Michael FARRELL


Education and academic and other qualifications

BA (English), Queens University, Belfast
MSc. (Politics), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Diploma in Legal Studies, Dublin Institute of Technology
Solicitor at Law, Law Society of Ireland

Professional activities

(a) Present positions

Senior Solicitor, Free Legal Advice Centres of Ireland, 2005 to date

(b) Work at national level

2012- Member, Irish Council of State

2001-2011, Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and Convenor of its Committee on Racism; also member of the Joint Committee of the IHRC and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

2001-to date, Member of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of Ireland

2001-2003, Member of the Steering Group drawing up the National Action Plan Against Racism

1995-2000, Chair, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

1990-2005, Solicitor in private practice

1981-1990, Journalist with several national newspapers

(c) International Work

Represented the IHRC at UN CERD hearings in 2005 and 2011 and in meetings with the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Framework Convention on National Minorities

Worked on 'Shadow' Reports to various UN and Council of Europe monitoring bodies and special expert committees

Represented the IHRC at the World Conference Against Racism in 2001

Took legal cases to the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee

2011-to date, Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Council of Europe

Publications and other works

Lecturer on the European Convention on Human Rights for the Law Society of Ireland

Numerous articles on human rights law and public interest law in legal and human rights journals