Civil Liberties

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(…)

Managing or combating domestic violence? Penal mediation in Greece

Managing or combating domestic violence? Penal mediation in Greece

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, which amongst other initiatives attempted to bring violence against women to the forefront of UN’s action on gender equality. Twenty years later the situation remains grim. Despite the enactment of a series of domestic laws that focused on violence against women and more specifically(…)

Political Policing of Protests?

As of this week there have been 23 arrests since the protests in Jobstown over Irish water in mid-November (as well as the jailing of 5 individuals for contempt of court in related disputes).  Of concern seems to be the method of the arrest, more than the arrests themselves. Accounts have been presented of up to(…)

Obama’s Immigration Reform: Lessons for Ireland?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Thamil Ananthavinayagan, a PhD researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway. This piece was originally posted at With his Executive Order on immigration policy, US President Barack Obama aims to offer temporary legal status to an estimated five million illegal immigrants, as well(…)

Après Charlie: The Progress of the UK’s new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill currently being hustled through Parliament with unseemly haste was announced in a blaze of rhetoric. Theresa May told a rapt 2014 Conservative Party Conference that she wanted to see “new banning orders for extremist groups”. There was talk of re-establishing the Broadcasting Ban (which did so much in the 1980s(…)

Policing in 2014: Annus Horribilis?

There is no doubt that 2014 was a difficult year for policing in Ireland. By policing, I refer not just to an Garda Síochána but to all the agencies of the state involved in policing. Not a month has gone by without some new headline revealing more inappropriate activities and responses. A quick look at(…)

Conference on Older Persons and the Law at NUI Galway

The Mental Health Rights Group and the LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway in conjunction with the Employment Law Association will hold a one day conference entitled ‘Law and the Older Person’ on Saturday 24th of January 2015 in Galway. The conference(…)

The UN Migrant Workers Convention: How the EU Can Show that Migrants Matter

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, and the 24th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Migrant Workers Convention, we are delighted to welcome this guest post by Áine Travers and Emer Groarke, members of Migrants Matter, an international advocacy campaign that is calling on EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers(…)

Today in Irish Legal History: De Burca and Anderson v AG

On December 12, 1975 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in De Burca and Anderson v. AG, and found the Juries Act, 1927 unconstitutional. Kevin O’Higgins’ Act had excluded women from jury service, in order to shield them from matters which ‘one would not like to discuss with the feminine members of one’s own family‘.  Anderson and De(…)

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