The Fennelly Commission and Garda Misconduct

Much media attention on the interim report of the Fennelly Commission has thus far focused on the actions of certain key people, in particular the Taoiseach and the Attorney General. In the coming days and weeks is important that we drill into the report to assess what must be learned beyond the headlines. Darren has(…)

Idealism, Nationalism and the Betrayal of Irish Children: Language of the Mute

My job is to research historical child sexual abuse in Ireland. It’s a job that can be heartbreaking, frustrating, and (still, after eight years) shocking. I think these feelings are shared by the Irish public, who are still reeling from decades of official reports and scandals about the widespread scale of child sexual abuse over(…)

UCC CCJHR: Helena Kennedy, “Securing Justice in an Unjust World” 10 Sept 2015

UCC CCJHR: Helena Kennedy, “Securing Justice in an Unjust World” 10 Sept 2015

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (School of Law, UCC) invites you to a lecture on ‘Securing Justice in an Unjust World’ to be delivered by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC Principal, Mansfield College, University of Oxford Venue: Aula Maxima, University College Cork Thursday September 10th, 2015 6pm to 7.30pm Chair: President Seán Ryan,(…)

Europe’s Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea, UCD 9th-10th Oct 2015

Europe’s Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea, UCD 9th-10th Oct 2015

On Friday 9th and Saturday 10th October, UCD Sutherland School of Law hosts the 18th UCD Irish European Law Forum, titled Europe’s Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea. With keynote addresses from from both Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative (SRSG) for International Migration and Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford (TBC),(…)

Just Published: The ECHR Act 2003 and EUCFR in Irish Courts 2003-2014

Just Published: The ECHR Act 2003 and EUCFR in Irish Courts 2003-2014

Commissioned by the Law Society of Ireland and the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, Dr Suzanne Kingston and I were responsible for co-authoring a report on European rights in Irish courts. We examined Irish case law where the ECHR Act 2003 and/or the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and/or the European Union Charter of Fundamental(…)

Abortion Law in Northern Ireland – Change at Last?

Abortion Law in Northern Ireland – Change at Last?

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Prof. Marie Fox and Dr. Sheelagh McGuinness (University of Birmingham). A recent blog at Mumsnet highlighted the dire circumstances of Northern Irish women and girls who are rarely able to access abortion on the NHS without travelling to another part of the UK. This year has(…)

Depoliticising Policing at MacGill Summer School

Earlier this week I spoke at the MacGill Summer School on a session about justice reform. The other speakers on the panel were Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (speech available here) and Conor Brady, former GSOC Commissioner and historian of an Garda Síochána. The focus of my talk was one of the particular elements of reform(…)

Conference Announcement. Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change.

Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change. September 11th, 2015, University of Limerick.  *6.5 CPD Points* On September 11th 2015, the Centre for Criminal Justice at UL will host a one-day conference on Victims’ Rights entitled ‘Victims’ Rights in Ireland: An Agenda for Change’. Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime(…)

Legal Gender Recognition in Ireland

On 15 July, 2015, Ireland became the final European Union Member State to enact legal gender recognition. As has been noted on this blog many times (e.g. here, here and here), under current Irish law, persons living in this jurisdiction do not have any mechanism – statutory, administrative or judicial – for amending their birth(…)

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