Darren O'Donovan

About Darren O'Donovan


Darren O’Donovan is an Assistant Professor at Bond University in Queensland, Australia having previously lectured at University College Cork. His research interests are in administrative justice, equality and minority rights, particularly the rights of Irish Travellers. You can contact him at dodonova@bond.edu.au

Posts by Darren O'Donovan:

Winterstein v France: Fighting for Travellers’ Rights under the ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights recently found France in violation of Article 8 (the right to home, family and private life), by threatening to evict through court order a group of 95 Travellers from their long established caravan sites in the municipality of Herblay. This decision is very significant for those engaged in litigation(…)

A Macroeconomics of Human Rights? Contesting Austerity Budgeting

This years’ budget is perhaps the first which received full ex ante and post ante supervision from the European Commission. Lobbying for rights compliant budgeting now involves growing complexity, across multiple stages and fora.  What were previously direct acts of lobbying and public debate, now possess a different character, and human rights actors must seek(…)

Justice in Many Rooms? The hypocrisy behind Ireland’s Court of Appeal Reform

Minister Alan Shatter today published a reasoned defence of the proposed Court of Appeal constitutional amendment, arguing that it represents “a positive step towards fashioning an efficient and effective courts system that ensures better access to justice.” The Minister’s account continually returns to the touchstone concepts of ‘access to justice’ and ‘consistency’ in the law.(…)

Seamus Heaney: Tributes to a Voice of Hope and Conscience

We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Seamus Heaney this morning. As members of the human rights community in Ireland, we recall with particular fondness his Fourth Irish Human Rights Commission Annual Human Rights Lecture in 2009, available here. In this piece, entitled The Writer and Righter,

Campaigning for Human Rights in a Time of Recession

  In these recessionary times advocates for human rights in Ireland are increasingly met with a gateway demand: to relate rights to austerity rhetoric. Why rights, why now? The tendency is to dismiss rights as ‘entitlement culture’, and view rights advocates as lobbyists with unrealistic expectations.

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