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Fordham Law to Host Irish Famine Tribunal

Submitted by on April 15 – 2013No Comment

Last week IrishCentral reported on the Irish Famine Tribunal, which will be hosted at Fordham Law on April 20th. The Tribunal will ask whether the role of the British during the Famine, in which over one million people died, amounts to genocide or a crime against humanity. Law students from both Fordham Law and Dublin City University will be discussing the topic in front of a panel of international judges.

The Tribunal will address a variety of questions, including the following:

Were the repeated, devastating failures of the potato crop beyond the power of any government, in the context of the time, to effectively manage?

How influential were laissez-faire and providentialist ideologies?

Did British policy makers take advantage of the Famine to “reform” Irish society. 

Was it only the British government that stood by while Ireland starved?

Read more on IrishCentral, and make sure to check out the Irish Famine Tribunal at Fordham on April 20th!

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