Today I have taken up a new full-time position as professor of international law in the Department of Law of Middlesex University in London. The lovely house where Penelope and I lived for more than a decade in Oughterard, and that so many colleagues, human rights activists and students have visited over the years, has been sold, alas. We have moved to much smaller premises in north London, although they have the advantage over our village in the west of Ireland of being somewhat closer to Heathrow airport.
I will continue to be associated with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, as part-time professor of human rights law. At Middlesex, I join a dynamic team of scholars, many of them veterans of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. We offer the full range of university degrees, and are working to build our group of doctoral students who study in the field of human rights.
Confucius said: 'They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.'
And Samuel Johnson said: 'Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.'