Programme for Reforming Abortion Law Conference March 22 2013


Reforming Abortion Law: Comparative Perspectives

March 22nd 2013 (1.30pm – 5.30pm)



Registration 1 – 1.30pm

1.30pm Welcome (S. Mullally, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights)

1.35pm Opening Remarks: The Hon. Mr. Justice Seán Ryan, Judge of the High Court (Chair)

Panel 1:

  • · 1.45 Professor Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Columbia University NY

‘About Abortion: Trying to Understand Abortion Regulation in the United States’

  • · 2.25 Prof Blanca Rodriguez Ruiz, University of Sevilla

Gender in constitutional discourses on abortion. Looking at Spain from a comparative


  • · 3.00 Johanna Westeson, Centre for Reproductive Rights, NY

‘Abortion law and policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Recent trends and European human rights jurisprudence.’

3.25 – 3.45 Q+A

3.45-4.05 Break (Tea / Coffee)

Panel 2

  • · 4.10 Dr Ruth Fletcher, Keele University

‘’Abortion in the UK: Regulation and Resistance’

  • · 4.40 Dr Claire Murray, University College Cork

‘The narrative of the hysterical woman: the discourse on the inclusion of suicide in the Irish legislation on abortion’

  • · 5.00 Prof Siobhán Mullally, University College Cork

‘Reforming abortion law in Ireland; the limits of rights’

5.15 – 5.30 Q+A and Close

Conference convenors: Dr Claire Murray and Prof Siobhán Mullally, Law, UCC


Registration Fee: €40

Trainee Solicitors and Barristers €15

Students: €10

Online booking and fee payment available at:

Registration Fee can also be paid at the event or preferably in advance by cheque payable to University College Cork Law Department (Send to: Noreen Delea, Dept of Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland)

Queries: Contact Noreen Delea at:

4 CPD Group Hours available

The venue is fully accessible. Please notify us of any specific accessibility requirements.

This event is supported by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award and the Dean of Law Strategic Fund