Liam Thornton

About Liam Thornton

http://www.ucd.ie/law/staff/faculty/liamthornton/

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]ucd.ie or (+353) 1 716 4129.

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Irish Community Development Law Journal: Focus on Social Welfare Law & Rights

Irish Community Development Law Journal: Focus on Social Welfare Law & Rights

On International Human Rights Day 2014, Community Law and Mediation has published volume 3(2) of the Irish Community Development Law Journal. This edition has a special focus on social welfare rights. Contributors to this edition include: Mary Murphy, Ireland’s Lone Parents: Social Welfare and Recession Liam Thornton, The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct(…)

Book Launch 11 December 2014: Ireland and the ECHR 60 Years and Beyond

Book Launch 11 December 2014: Ireland and the ECHR 60 Years and Beyond

On December 11 2014, the new edited collection Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2014) will be launched by The Hon. Ms. Justice Ann Power-Forde in UCD School of Law. Date: 11 December 2014 Time: 6.30 p.m. Location: The Atrium, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Belfield, Dublin 4 RSVP: Please(…)

Direct Provision in the Irish High Court: The Decision

Direct Provision in the Irish High Court: The Decision

This post summarises some of the main grounds of challenge to the direct provision system in the case and the findings of Mr Justice Colm Mac Eochaidh only. I hope to be able to do an analysis of this decision in the coming weeks. This is a longer post than usual, and for ease of(…)

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

Direct Provision Still Under the Spotlight

On Friday, 14th November 2014, the High Court will deliver its decision on the challenge to the direct provision system in the case of  C.A and T.A. (a minor) v Minister for Justice and Equality, Minister for Social Protection, the Attorney General and Ireland (Record No.  2013/751/JR). For background on this case, see here and here. Whatever the(…)

New Publication: Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights

New Publication: Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights

A new edited collection, Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond, has just been published by Bloomsbury. Edited by Suzanne Egan, Judy Walsh and myself, this collection explores 60 years of the ECHR in Ireland and the impact (or otherwise!) of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 on the Irish(…)

Why Budget 2015 must be that last of its kind

Why Budget 2015 must be that last of its kind

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Yvonne O’Sullivan of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC). Yvonne is Advocacy and Policy Officer in FLAC. Speculation on budget measures had circulated in media outlets in the final days before Budget 2015. Reports before the budget abounded that the architect group, the Economic Management Council(…)

NASC: Invitation to Tender for Immigration Research

NASC: Invitation to Tender for Immigration Research

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre is commissioning independent research to analyse immigration related detention in Ireland and the treatment of detainees for immigration related offences, including those who are detained following a refusal of permission to land. This project is funded by the St Stephen’s Green Trust. Details of this tender, including aims and(…)

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

“Let us Play”: Support Children in Direct Provision

The Children’s Rights Alliance are currently fundraising to fund football equipment, club registration fees and football gear for kids in the direct provision system. You can make a donation to this fundraising event here. The system of direct provision has been under sustained media and public scrutiny since Carl O’Brien’s  excellent Irish Times series, Lives in(…)

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Direct Provision: The Beginning of the End?

Over the last number of weeks, there have been potentially significant developments in relation to the system of direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. Last week, the High Court case challenging the system of direct provision concluded. A decision is expected over the next number of weeks (see here for background). Speaking on 24(…)

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