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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.
Ivana Bacek

Part of the Cambridge seminar series on the future of the island of Ireland, co-hosted by Sidney Sussex College and the Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge.

Ivana grew up Dublin and has taught law over many years in Trinity College Dublin. As a student activist Ivana was taken to court and threatened with prison for providing information on abortion - in a case that paved the way for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the legalisation of abortion in Ireland.

Ivana was first elected to serve in Seanad Éireann (the Irish upper house) in 2007. An experienced legislator, Ivana has seen more of her opposition bills become law than any other senator. Ivana’s reforming legislation has tackled issues such as working conditions for freelancers, secular marriage, women’s health rights and LGBT equality.

A long-term campaigner for constitutional change, Ivana was a leading national and local voice in the Marriage Equality and Repeal the 8th campaigns.

Ivana Bacik was elected to Dáil Éireann to serve as TD for Dublin Bay South in July 2021, following a bye-election following the resignation of Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy and is the Labour Party spokesperson on the Environment and Climate; Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Ivana is a keen cyclist and swimmer and is working to improve cycling infrastructure, to increase green spaces and to enhance the water quality and recreational value of Dublin Bay.

Ivana’s surname is Czech. Before settling in Co. Waterford, her paternal grandfather was imprisoned by the Nazis. Her mother's family come from Co. Clare.

Discussant: Professor Lucy Delap, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge.

Discussant: Dr Barry Colfer, Research Fellow at St Edmund’s College and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.

The conversation will be followed by Q&A. To submit questions in advance please email Dr Barry Colfer on

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Monday, 29 November, 2021 - 18:00 to 19:00
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