An event organised by the School of Law at QUB, in which Rt Hon Lord Justice Girvan will address issues of freedom of speech and religion including a discussion about Charlie Hebdo, will take place in the Canada Room on Thursday 30th April 2015.
Following the publication of The Gown’s latest article, The Scoop contacted the School of Law to establish whether or not this event will still go ahead due to the Vice-Chancellor’s decision this morning to cancel a two-day conference about #CharlieHebdo which was scheduled to take place at QUB. It has been reported that the cancellation was due to concerns about security and the University’s reputation.
Professor Brice Dickson told The Scoop that he had not received any communication which would suggest that the event, which will be run in collaboration between the Franco-British Lawyers Society and the Human Rights Centre in the School of Law, will be cancelled.
He went on to say, “the event has been arranged for a long time” and that the lecture will be given by a Senior Judge in Northern Ireland who will look at issues surrounding freedom of speech, and will touch on the issue of Charlie Hebdo.
The Scoop also contacted the Office of Communications and External Affairs at QUB to establish if this event will be allowed to take place on the QUB campus. We are still awaiting a reply.
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