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Irish Studies in International Affairs  

Irish Studies in International Affairs is seeking annual reviewers for the Foreign Relations of Ireland in 2020. These annual reviews are an influential feature of the journal and an invaluable chronicle of Ireland in the world.

Please submit CV (2 pages most included last 5 publications) to by 1th of March

For more information, please contact

Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll
Head of School
School of History
University College Cork


Next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series:

‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’, Captain Brian FitzGerald, Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command & 2IC Irish Naval Service, Thursday 25th February 2021, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time).

The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’ by Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Second in Command, Irish Naval Service. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 25th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link. (Earlier versions of this communication indicated 24th February, which was incorrect – apologies).

The seas and the oceans are shared spaces where the legal regime is underpinned by freedoms.  ‘Flag State freedoms’ describes the freedoms enjoyed by ships.  The jurisdiction of the flag State and its associated freedoms are pre-eminent on the High Seas but diminish as one approaches the coast from where a corresponding counter-eminence of coastal State jurisdiction ascends.  A perpetual and evolving tension exists at this interface and beyond where the maritime legal regime based on freedoms meets with the terrestrial legal regime based on sovereignty and property rights.  This lecture aims to explore the extent to which the freedoms of the seas are being eroded.  This matters because the source of the tension surrounds humankind’s use of the seas, resulting in legal and extra-legal activity that threatens stability.  This tension is set to increase for the foreseeable future underpinning the growing importance of maritime security and most especially for this island nation.

Captain (NS) Brian Fitzgerald has served for over 37 years in the Irish Naval Service including two periods as a ship’s Captain. In 2017 he completed a successful deployment to the Mediterranean Sea as part of Europe’s response to the humanitarian crisis taking place there rescuing extraordinary numbers of migrants.  Brian has participated in some of the biggest drug interdiction operations in the history of Europe and coordinated the at sea search operation following the loss of the IRCG helicopter ‘Rescue 116’ in 2017.  He is currently the second in command of Ireland’s Naval Service.  Brian holds Masters degrees in Marine and Maritime Law (UCC) and Leadership, Management and Defence Studies (NUIM), a primary honours degree in Civil Law (UCC) and a diploma in Public Relations (PRII) in addition to his Naval qualifications.  Brian is a qualified and practising workplace and family law Mediator and is a Board Member of the Irish International Charity ‘GOAL-Global’.

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series aims to contribute to informed public debate on contemporary global security challenges, how such problems may impact on Ireland and how Ireland can contribute to addressing regional and global security threats. The lecture series is jointly organised by the Defence Forces and UCC’s Colleges of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and Business and Law.

Lecture details:

  • ‘The Freedom of the Seas versus the Constraints of the Land – Delivering Maritime Security on the Fault-Line in Between’
  • Captain Brian Fitzgerald, Second in Command, Irish Naval Service
  • On-line via this link (- no registration or log-in is required, but we kindly request that you go to link shortly before the start time of 18.30).
  • The lecture will also be recorded so that people may view it later if they wish.

Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics seeks to appoint a full-time Research Fellow for the ESRC-funded project Governance for ‘a place between’: the multilevel dynamics of implementing the Protocol on Northern Ireland. The successful candidate will be active in the planning and delivery of the research for this project so that the overall research objectives are met. The Research Fellow will gather, organise, manage, analyse and assess primary and secondary data relating to the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland; develop and maintain the project’s Protocol Monitor website and social media output; assist in the organisation and delivery of academic and stakeholder workshops and other project events.

Deadline for applications is 22 February 2021, Further information is available here:



‘Ireland’s UN Security Council term 2021-2022’, Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series: on-line lecture Thurs 4th February – PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

The next lecture in the UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will be on ‘Ireland’s UN Security Council term 2021-2022’ by Ambassador Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Dublin. The lecture will take place on-line on Thurs 4th February, 6.30-8.00 (Irish/UK time) via this link. (PLEASE NOTE: due to unavoidable circumstances, this is a change from the previously advertised date of 28th January).


CALL FOR PAPERS for Royal Irish Academy annual international affairs conference
DEADLINE Monday, 8 February 2021 at 17:00
‘International politics in times of risk and uncertainty: the COVID-19 crisis and beyond’ 
Paper proposals sought for the online conference on Thursday, 29 April 2021
Keynote: Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minster for Defence
Plenary: G. John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
Proposals for papers on all aspects of the global politics of the COVID-19 pandemic are sought for the conference. This may include political and associated economic, security, social, legal and historical dimensions of the issue. Papers are welcomed on comparative national and regional responses to COVID-19; other disease pandemics and their global health challenges (whether historical or more recent); the interaction between the COVID-19 pandemic and great-power relations; the economic impact of the pandemic (and related issues of globalisation, dependence and de-coupling); the impact on the Global South and global inequality; international security issues (including cyber security); and the role of international institutions in addressing the pandemic and its consequences.
Applications are strongly encouraged from advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral colleagues and seeks to support diversity in the submission and selection of papers.
High-quality papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Royal Irish Academy’s  journal, Irish Studies in International Affairs. The submission of proposals requires all paper proposers to agree to publish their papers in the journal should they be accepted.


Please note that supporting material (Books, dissertation, teaching portfolios) will be the responsibility of the nominee to distribute to the Chairperson of each committee, most likely via electronic formats or subject to their guidance. Details of who and how to nominate for each prize can be clicked on the links below.
The Basil Chubb Best Dissertation Prize [for details see:]: = 31st May 2021, send nominations to: Marisa McGlinchey,
The Brian Farrell Best Book Prize [for details see:] = 31st May 2021, send nominations to: Liam Kneafsey,,
Teaching & Learning Prize [for details see:] = 30th June 2021, send nominations to:
Gender/Diversity Postgraduate Prize [for details see] = 30th June 2021, send nominations to: Lisa Keenan,

‘How should a liberal democracy react to conscientious objection claims?
Four panel sessions of an informed debate on conscientious objection from legal, philosophical, theological and religious perspectives, and finally
a discussion on how legislators and governments in liberal democracies should react to
claims of conscience.


The call for papers, as you know, is out for the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), to be held 30 September-3 October in Seattle. The PSAI will have a panel at this meeting. I am pleased to announce that the deadline for the call for papers has been extended until 28 January at 11:50 PM PST. We strongly encourage PSAI members to submit paper proposals. We welcome papers on any aspect of Irish politics, north or south. Complete instructions on how to submit your paper proposal can be found here:

The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series


The UCC-Defence Forces Lecture Series will continue in January 2021with a lecture on ‘Ireland and the UN Security Council’, by Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Thursday 28th January 2021, 18.30-20.00 (Irish/UK time) – this lecture will address Ireland’s priorities as it starts a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. A zoom link will be included in a future mail shot or on the PSAI blog closer to the event.