Fiona de Londras

About Fiona de Londras

Fiona de Londras is a Professor of Law in Durham University. She specialises in terrorism and counter-terrorism, human rights protection in Ireland and more generally, and international criminal law. You can contact Fiona at[@] and see more about her research at

Posts by Fiona de Londras:

CfP: Irish Yearbook of International Law

The editors of the Irish Yearbook of International Law welcome submissions for publication in the Yearbook. Articles should not be published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. An annual, peer reviewed publication, the Irish Yearbook of International Law is committed to the publication of articles of general interest in international law as well as articles(…)

Is the Marriage Equality Referendum about Human Rights?

Over the last few weeks, campaigning on Ireland’s marriage equality referendum has been taking place in earnest. While the ‘yes’ side entered the formal referendum campaign with a steady lead in the polls and has long been well organised, the ‘no’ side has emerged rapidly and, in some ways, chaotically, scoring successes along the way (for example,(…)

Foetal Life, Natural Death, and the 8th Amendment

This morning three members of the High Court are hearing an application from the parents of a woman in her mid-20s who, following a brain trauma, lies clinically dead in a midlands hospital and whose doctors have declined to turn off life support as she is pregnant. For these doctors (and, it now emerges, two(…)

Options for Constitutional Reform #repealthe8th

This joint post by Máiréad Enright and Fiona de Londras draws heavily from Enright & de Londras, “’Empty Without and Empty Within’: The Unworkability of the Eighth Amendment after Savita Halappanavar and Miss Y” (2014) 20(2) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland __ (forthcoming) The current constitutional framework for abortion, stemming from the Eighth Amendment, inflicts significant harm(…)

Blognival #repealthe8th

Over the course of today, Human Rights in Ireland will host a blognival on #repealthe8th with posts that engage directly with the questions around legal reform of abortion in Ireland to those that draw the links between abortion law in Ireland and the multiple layers of repressive law and policy that apply to women’s bodies(…)

Conference on EU Counter-Terrorism, Dublin, 13 October

On 13 October, 2014 the SECILE Consortium will hold a major conference in Dublin on the impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of EU counter-terrorism. The conference represents the culmination of almost 18 months’ work by the consortium investigating questions such as ‘how can we measure impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of counter-terrorism measures in the EU?’, ‘what(…)

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

Yesterday the UN Human Rights Committee released its Concluding Observations on Ireland’s compliance with the ICCPR, following hearings in Geneva on which Máiréad Enright blogged here and here. Those Concluding Observations made difficult reading, especially—although not exclusively—as regards the (historical and contemporary) treatment of women in Ireland. One of the main loci for the Committee’s attention(…)

CJEU Strikes Down Data Retention Directive

Today the Court of Justice of the European Union struck down the EU’s Data Retention Directive as a disproportionate interference with fundamental rights (full judgment). The Directive required European telecommunications companies to retain so-called ‘metadata’ for a minimum of 6 and maximum of 24 months (with exact retention periods determined by national legislation). The state(…)

Women’s Refuges and the Obligation to Protect Women from Violence

This morning when I logged into Facebook I saw a post from Women’s Aid Dundalk announcing that the refuge there is to close. The full announcement reads as follows: It is with regret that we inform you that Women’s Aid Dundalk Refuge will close on the 27th of June 2014. We have been in negotiations(…)

Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice

On March 20 & 21, Durham’s Law and Global Justice research group holds a Modern Law Review Seminar on the theme of ‘Law and Negotiation in Conflict’. The relationship between law and negotiation is increasingly at the forefront of the international agenda. International organisations whose role includes the mediation of peace, such as the Mediation(…)

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