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.

Posts by Liam Thornton:

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

You can find my preliminary analysis, including a full summary of the core recommendations from the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here.  You can access the McMahon Report here. From an initial reading and examination of this report, in my view, this is a report of two halves. One half(…)

The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards

The Direct Provision Report: Summary of Recommendations on Accommodation Standards

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The Working Group has made a number of unqualified recommendations, qualified recommendations and requests for further reviews of different aspects of direct provision accommodation. The Unqualified Recommendations These recommendations(…)

The Direct Provision Report: The “Five Year” Rule

The Direct Provision Report: The “Five Year” Rule

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The focus on speedy determination of asylum claims is nothing new. In the 2002 Programme for Government, the Fianna Fail and Progressive Democrat coalition stated (optimistically): “We will ensure(…)

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The McMahon Report is one of the first attempts by the State to systematically explore the total numbers of persons who are in the protection process and leave to(…)

The Direct Provision Report: An Overview and Introduction

The Direct Provision Report: An Overview and Introduction

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The Working Group Report on the Protection System and Direct Provision (McMahon Report) report was released on June 30 2015. The McMahon Report provides a significant number of recommendations(…)

Mohammed Younis Succeeds in the Supreme Court

Mohammed Younis Succeeds in the Supreme Court

In August 2012, the Irish High Court ruled that as Mohammad Younis was in an irregular migration situation, he could not benefit from protections under employment law (see also Dr Darius Whelan‘s excellent analysis of the High Court decision here). Today (25 June 2015), the Supreme Court set aside the decision of the High Court. The(…)

#UNIRL Concluding Observations for Ireland on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

#UNIRL Concluding Observations for Ireland on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

On June 22, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued their concluding observations on Ireland’s compliance with obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). You can access the concluding observations of the Committee here. Ireland’s next report under ICESCR will not be considered until 2020 at the earliest. Positive(…)

#UNIRL Update No. 6: Minister Sherlock & Irish Delegation Respond to ICESCR Committee

#UNIRL Update No. 6: Minister Sherlock & Irish Delegation Respond to ICESCR Committee

This is a summary of the response of Minister Sherlock and the Irish Delegation to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. [Finalised. Where the Government did not respond directly to a question, this is to be provided for in a written answer post the meeting and within 48 hours. Concluding Observations to be(…)

#UNIRL Update No. 5: The Committee Questions Minister Sherlock

#UNIRL Update No. 5: The Committee Questions Minister Sherlock

This is my attempted structuring of the core questions asked of Minister Sherlock and the Irish delegation by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The questions are coming quick and fast, and I do hope I’m fairly reflecting the complexity of the questions asked. [Ended, see responses of State delegation here]    (…)

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