Migration, Domestic Workers and Human Rights: gender equality and the limits of rights

On October 19th, 2012, an international conference on migrant domestic workers was hosted by the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights and the Irish Human Rights Commission. The conference  marked European Anti-Trafficking day. Recent years have witnessed significant developments in international human rights standards relating to migrant domestic workers, including the adoption of the landmark 2011 ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, the CEDAW General Recommendation on Women Migrant Workers and a General Comment by the UN Committee on Migrant Workers. The conference  examined the continuing tensions between immigration laws and policies, limited access to employment rights protections and evolving human rights standards on the rights of migrant domestic workers.


The conference was part of an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences senior fellowship project, led by Professor Siobhán Mullally, examining human rights norms relating to migrant domestic workers and EU migration law regimes. Click here for further details on the project.


Speakers included:

  • Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, OSCE Special Representative on Combating Human Trafficking
  • Dr Bridget Anderson, COMPAS, Oxford University
  • Prof. Janie Chuang, American University, Washington D.C. and Open Society Fellow
  • Prof Siobhán Mullally and Dr Cliodhna Murphy, University College Cork
  • Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch T.D. (invited)
  • Morten Kjaenum, Director, EU Fundamental Rights Agency (invited)
  • Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, Siobhán O’Donoghue

Read an account of the Conference from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe here: