Britain in the Dock: An Irish Famine Tribunal Set

New York — An Gorta Mór — the Great Hunger of mid-19th century Ireland — is probably the most contentious issue among nationalist, revisionist and post-revisionist historians.   The population of Ireland was reduced by a half, with those missing who did not die surviving through emigration, mostly to America.

Historian Christine Kinealy, in “A Death-Dealing Famine: The Great Hunger in Ireland” (London: Pluto Press, 1997) points out that, among European nations, only Ireland today has a population smaller than its 1840 population.  This suggests an impact more devastating than the effect of the Thirty Years War upon Germany.

New York attorney Owen Rodgers has organized a committee (still in formation), The Irish Famine Tribunal, comprising experts in law, history, sociology, and other disciplines, to undertake a fresh scholarly and legal analysis of The Great Hunger.  The Tribunal will assess the Impact of the Irish Famine on the Irish population, assessing its political, economic, and cultural legacies, within a legal framework.  The Tribunal will bring together expert witnesses and lawyers from Ireland, Britain and the United States to explore this tragedy from this unique perspective.

The Tribunal will sit, formally (including arguments pro, con and otherwise), at Fordham Law School, in Manhattan, on the 19th and 20th of October, with the trial being held on Day 1, and the consequences of the “Famine” discussed, in light of the findings, on Day 2.  We will present more details, as they become available.

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