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About Michael O’Flaherty

Michael O’Flaherty is Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the National University of Ireland, in Galway. He was a member of the Human Rights Committee from 2004-12, and convenor of the ‘Dublin Process’ meetings. 

Articles by Michael O’Flaherty

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Human rights law makes a difference

Though far from perfect, international human rights treaties do make a difference, and their many weaknesses point to the need to strengthen not reject the system they uphold. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on Emerging Powers and Human Rights.

Strengthening UN treaty bodies: some modest steps forward

The recently concluded process to strengthen the UN human rights treaty bodies fell far short of expectations, but still offers some hope for a more effective and better-resourced system. 

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