Roger CasementOn Monday, 13th May 2013, UCD School of Law will host a free event: State Execution: From Roger Casement to the 21st Century from 7pm to 9pm in UCD Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. The keynote speaker for this event is The Hon. Mr. Justice Bernard McCloskey , a judge of the Northern Irish High Court in Belfast. UCD Judge in Residence ,  The Hon. Roderick Murphy who served as a Judge of the High Court until his retirement in April 2013, will chair this event. The abstract for this fascinating talk is as follows:

The scope of this presentation and the reflections which it contains take as their starting point the offence of high treason under the Treason Act 1351, which was punishable by death. The immediate impetus for this presentation is the impending centenary of the execution of one of the outstanding figures in Irish history, Roger Casement.  State succinctly, his common law right to life, the supreme right in the civilised world, was extinguished by a duly made Parliamentary law which was the subject of judicial interpretation and an ensuing judicial decision which admitted of no discretion.

Within the scope of this presentation are the topics of Roger Casement the man; his treason, trial, conviction and ensuing appeal; the hanging; the evolution of the death penalty and the right to life during the 20th century; the impact of the ECHR and the Human Rights Act; the landmark decision of the South African Constitutional Court; the peculiarities of the US Constitution; and some of the UN right to life protection instruments.

Full biographies of the speaker and chair, along with booking information for this event are available here.

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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at] or (+353) 1 716 4129.