Gender and the Law in Belfast: The missing voices of the conflict in Northern Ireland

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Final year Law LLB students enrolled on the module, Gender and Law (LLBP3028) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. The trip would also be beneficial for current second year LLB students who are thinking about taking Gender and the Law in their final year and all Law students currently studying a module relating to Gender and the Law. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The conflict in Northern Ireland is well known and documented. But what about the voice and role of women during these times? It is suggested that the role, rights and representation of women, both during the conflict and throughout the peace process, has been marginalised. This trip aims to explore some of the complex political, religious, social and economic factors which have affected women’s lives in Northern Ireland.

There will be an opportunity to speak to senior women in the Police Force of Northern Ireland, women politicians and possibly female ex combatants and lifers. Accessing these women is not normally easy and so this trip would be an exceptional opportunity for students to hear their voices and experience little known perspectives of the war and peace process in Northern Ireland.

Cultural activities

There will be an opportunity to visit to Stormont to meet with women’s groups and women from Orange Order in Belfast as well as female politicians. During the trip there will also be opportunities to meet with police and former female soldiers and to visit to L/Derry to meet women from both communities. Visits will include the Pat Finucane Centre, Republican organisations, museums and community organisations.

There will also be opportunities to walk along Peace bridge and visit the Guildhall, Titanic centre, Crumlin Road Jail, Peace walls tour and Carrickfergus Castle as well as to take a trip around the North Coast and visit the Dark Hedges/Game of Thrones sets.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 24 June 2019
  • Return date: Friday 28 June 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £250
  • Students will also be required to pay for UK and in-country transfers, academic visits , food and drink, and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 18 February 2019 9am