On Friday 12 September 2008, Sean Goggin successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled ‘The Protection of Cultural Diversity in International Human Rights Law’. The external examiner was Dr. Perveez Mody of the Department of Social Anthropology of the University of Cambridge, and I was the internal examiner. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Joshua Castellino, formerly of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and now Head of the Law School of Middlesex University in London.
The thesis was a genuinely interdisplinary work, explaining and developing concepts derived from the discipline of anthropology and making them accessible and relevant to international human rights lawyers. Congratulations, Sean. We will miss you at the Irish Centre for Human Rights.
Sean is the seventeenth student to successfully complete a doctorate since the Irish Centre for Human Rights began awarding the degree, in late 2004.