PA 206/09 The former Irish President Mary Robinson will speak at a major international conference at The University of Nottingham on human rights protection world-wide. The Human Rights Law Centre has been chosen to host the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutions on September 18 and 19 2009. Mrs Robinson - who has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is currently President of Realising Rights and Co-chair of the Swiss Initiative - will speak on day one of the conference, which will focus on partnership and reform for human rights protection. Other speakers include: Irene Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International; Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner; Ambassador Jan Nordlander, Swedish Presidency of the European Union; Professor Manfred Nowak from the University of Vienna and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Co-director of the Human Rights Law Centre at The University of Nottingham and a member of the UN Human Rights Committee. Registration is now open for the two-day event, which is accessible to all. Professor O’Flaherty said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutions. “The Association is one of the world’s leading consortiums of human rights research institutes and its annual conferences are an opportunity for global policy and research leaders to debate the key issues of the day. “We have secured an exceptional line-up of speakers for the Nottingham conference who will guide debate on a reform agenda for the international human rights protection system. We particularly welcome the conference format, with its open invitation for everyone who is interested to register and fully participate in the proceedings.” An innovative aspect to the conference this year will be the launch of a conference poster competition for postgraduate human rights researchers. Up to 10 postgraduate students will have the chance to display posters highlighting key elements of their research, relating to the conference theme.