Civil Liberties

The unhappy marriage of traditional values and the regulation of same-sex love

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Aengus Carroll. Aengus is co-author of State-Sponsored Homophobia: A World Survey of Laws: criminalisation, protection and recognition of same-sex love 2015 (report and world map) published by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), which has a membership of 1,100 LGBTI organisations worldwide. This(…)

Marriage equality: The end of the world as we know it?

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law at NUI Galway. Voting no to marriage equality will have as much effect on surrogacy and other forms of assisted human reproduction as voting no to divorce had on rates of marriage breakdown and voting yes to(…)

DPP v JC: Initial Observations on the Exclusionary Rule case

Where does one start to analyse six Supreme Court judgments (the Chief Justice concurred with the majority but did not issue a separate judgment), amounting to over 155,000 words, on a most fundamental rule of constitutional law and criminal procedure? This is not an easy task and what follows represents only an initial foray into(…)

Maynooth University to Host Seminar on the Rights of Minority Groups on 20th April 2015

The Centre for Rights Recognition and Redistribution, Department of Applied Social Studies & the Department of Law at Maynooth University will run a seminar entitled ‘Promoting & Progressing the Rights of Persons from Minority Groups’ on Monday, April 20th 2015.  The seminar will run from 13.30- 17.00 in Renehan Hall, South Campus, Maynooth University. International Guest Speakers:(…)

The International Criminal Court Summer School 2015: 15-19 June 2015, NUI Galway, Ireland

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent institution for the trial of international crimes. This year’s ICC Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

#DirectProvision15: The Start of Year 16

Caroline Reid is the Communications Officer, Irish Refugee Council. Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law in UCD.  This post concludes the #directprovision15 week long online events. You can access all the blog posts here and can see the Tumblr page here. We would like to express our deep appreciation to all the contributors, in(…)

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

#DirectProvision15: Proximity Mouth at Dublin Castle

This contribution, from Dominic Thorpe, UCD College of Humanities, artist in residence. This was originally published here.  This performance was made in the former children’s court at Dublin Castle. During the performance audience members were given a short tour of the former court by tour guides who have personal experience of the current Direct provision(…)

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

#DirectProvision15: The Need for Comprehensive Protection

This guest post comes from Mehari Fisseha. Asylum seekers and refugees are one of the most demonised and marginalised social groups in Europe. Ireland’s current agenda for dealing with refugees and asylum seekers is inadequate. The government of Ireland is aware of the inadequacy of response and has proposed to make a number of changes that(…)

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

#DirectProvision15: IASW DP Working Group Submission

The Irish Association of Social Workers is the national organisation of professional social workers in the Republic of Ireland. The IASW is also an active member of the International Federation of Social Workers. Throughout the country social workers encounter asylum seekers on a daily basis in their work within hospitals, mental health teams, child protection(…)

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