Children & Families

End Direct Provision: #DirectProvision15

End Direct Provision: #DirectProvision15

Caroline Reid is the Communications Officer, Irish Refugee Council. Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law in UCD.  On April 10th 2015, direct provision will be 15 years in existence. To mark this, Human Rights in Ireland will dedicate one week to contributions on the direct provision system: its impact on people, their physical and mental(…)

Protection against Cross-Examination by the Accused in Sexual Offence Trials – The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014

 We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Sarah Bryan O’Sullivan BCL, LLM (Criminal Justice). Sarah is an Irish Research Council Scholar and a PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin.  On the 27th of November 2014, the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald announced the publication of the heads of the much anticipated Criminal Law (Sexual(…)

Legislating for Surrogacy.

We are please to welcome this guest post from Lydia Bracken, PhD Candidate and Department of Children and Youth Affairs Research Scholar at the Faculty of Law, University College Cork. The urgent need to introduce legislation to govern the precarious position of stakeholders in the surrogacy process formed a common thread amongst the seven judgments handed(…)

Anti-vaccination movements, children’s’ rights and private power

We are delighted to welcome back Ntina Tzouvala who is Deputy Co-Convener of Law and Global Justice and a PhD candidate  at Durham Law School. She is currently researching on history and theory of public international law. You can follow her on Twitter @ntinatzouvala Around a month ago the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled ‘The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic’(…)

Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: First Workshop ‘The Foreign Subject’

We are delighted to welcome back Ruth Houghton, a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. candidate at Durham Law School who has previously written for us here and here. Ruth is also a commentator on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The post was published on Inherently Human. The Project As has been previously mentioned on this(…)

Young Women and Abortion #repealthe8th

Young Women and Abortion Introduction Despite the fact that all the cases which have come before the Irish courts on the question of abortion and the correct interpretation of Article 40.3.3 have involved young women, there has been very little analysis of the rights of such women to access maternity care and make decisions in(…)

Ireland to ratify complaints mechanism under UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On 17 September 2014, the new Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, announced that Ireland would sign and ratify the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This will allow children and young people an international route by which to vindicate their rights where this(…)

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