Irish Racial Justice Forum

human rights law experts 

Conrad Bryan LLM(Hons)- Board Director and Chair of the Irish Racial Justice Forum (IRJF)

Conrad is a UN Fellow for People of African Descent and completed his UN Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent in December 2021. He graduated at University of Galway in November 2022 with an honours masters degree in International Human Rights Law, at the university's Irish Centre for Human Rights. On 1 July 2021 he set up the Irish Racial Justice Forum in order to focus on the legal aspects and human rights law relating to racial justice and to inform domestic policy and law in relation to discrimination and to ensure international human rights obligations of the State are promoted and realised. The Forum will also assist in taking cases and complaints through international and regional human rights mechanisms. We have successfully submitted complaint cases to the UN  Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent  and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Formerly the Chair of the Health sub-committee on the Collaborative Forum in Dublin which was set up by the Dept. of Children to identify health and wellbeing supports for survivors of mother and baby institutions in Ireland. He qualified as a Chartered Certified accountant and worked in both practice and business over several decades in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Dr Amina Adanan

Amina is Lecturer in Law/ Assistant Professor in Maynooth University Law Department in Ireland and a member of the Association of Mixed Race's  Irish Racial Justice Forum.

In 2018, Amina was awarded a PhD in human rights from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law in NUI Galway, which was funded by the National University of Ireland’s Edward J Phelan Fellowship in International Law. Dr. Adanan’s research interests lie in the areas of International Law, International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law and she regularly publishes and presents her research in Ireland and abroad. Before beginning a career in academia, Amina worked in the Free Legal Advice Centres and UNICEF Ireland in research, advocacy and administrative capacities. She teaches International Criminal Law, Fundamental Rights in Ireland and Irish Property Law in Maynooth University.


Dr David Keane 

David is Assistant Professor in Law at Dublin City University, Ireland. He holds a BCL (Law and French) from University College Cork, Ireland, and an LLM and PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, where he was awarded a Government of Ireland scholarship for his doctoral studies. Dr. Keane's research is on international human rights law with a particular focus on the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). His books include Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2007), winner of the 2008 Hart Book Prize for Early Career Scholars; and the first edited collection on ICERD, 50 Years of ICERD (Manchester University Press, 2017). He has authored over 30 journal articles and book chapters on human rights law, minority rights, ICERD and related areas. In addition he provides advocacy and training on human rights issues. Twitter :  @keane_dave  ,  Academia page:

 Sarah Kay

Sarah is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where she studied a MPhil in Peace Studies, and of La Sorbonne, where she earned her JD in public international law. She finished a LLM in human rights while countering terrorism at Queen’s University Belfast after working for the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the Council of Europe, and the National Lawyers Guild. Sarah’s bulk of work is on counter terrorism operations, specifically terrorism detention and hybrid warfare. She also provided lectures at the University of Sheffield, the Geneva Academy, SOAS, Harvard Law, and King’s College London. She sits on the board of Property of the People, a California-based non profit specialized in the declassification of national security documents, and will join the London based group Black Protest Legal, that provides legal access to groups of color victims of police violence. She is a member of ATLAS Women and is currently working on a social justice and human rights project called Belfast Wont Always Be Like This, addressing the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland and supporting cross-community initiatives. 

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