Northern Ireland

International human rights barrister Blinne Ní Grálaigh to deliver Bloody Sunday lecture

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh KC represented the South African government in its genocide case against Israel at the UN's International Court of Justice.

A lawyer who represented South Africa in its genocide case against Israel is to deliver a lecture marking the anniversary of the Saville Bloody Sunday report’s publication.

Earlier this year, Blinne Ní Grálaigh KC described Israel’s attack on Gaza as the “first genocide in history” to be broadcast in real time at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Originally from Mayo, Ms Ní Grálaigh spent a year in Derry while working as a legal observer on the inquiry.

In 2022, Ms Ní Grálaigh said of her experience: “It was an immense privilege to be part of that historic legal process.”

In his 2010 report, Lord Saville exonerated the 14 people killed by members of the British Parachute Regiment at an anti-internment rally in Derry on January 30, 1972.

Ms Ní Grálaigh’s lecture will be delivered on June 14 (7pm) at a venue in Derry to be confirmed.