Civil Liberties

Ashers Bakery Loses “Gay Cake” Discrimination Case

In the spring of 2014 efforts to enact same-sex marriage legislation in the Northern Ireland Assembly suffered another setback. Undeterred, QueerSpace, a support group for the LGBT community in Northern Ireland, celebrated its 16th anniversary with an event pushing for reform of the law. Gareth Lee, a volunteer at QueerSpace, ordered a cake for the(…)

Engagements, Unions and the Law: the ‘Re-boot of’ Collective Bargaining in Ireland

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Professor Michael Doherty, Maynooth University. Whenever a suggestion is made to strengthen the collective bargaining rights of trade unions in the workplace, the cry that ‘the multinationals won’t wear it’ is never far behind. However, Ireland currently has the weakest legal protection for collective bargaining (the(…)

Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

  The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway.  Co-directed by Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dr Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with(…)

LLM (International Justice) Now Offered by Department of Law, Maynooth University

The LLM (International Justice) programme is a newly approved degree offered by Maynooth University Department of Law. Commencing in September 2015, the LLM (International Justice) will be offered to law graduates and graduates of cognate disciplines (e.g. international relations, social studies, sociology, politics, and other inter-disciplinary degrees which have a focus on the international community(…)

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

Dr Maebh Harding is an Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick. The recent threat by Ireland’s Catholic bishops to refuse to perform the civil aspects of a wedding if the marriage equality referendum is ratified will have no effect on the legal validity of Catholic marriages in Ireland. Parties to a marriage are married(…)

Devolution and the Future of the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998

The Conservative Party’s concept of a “British Bill of Rights” has long rankled in Northern Ireland. Seemingly in the interests of alliteration such fundamental proposals were titled in a way that carried with it thinly veiled disregard for sensibilities in what is supposedly a constituent part of the UK. Not a UK Bill of Rights,(…)

Once More Unto the Breach: General Election 2015 and the future of Human Rights in the UK

  After what was arguably the least exciting General Election campaign in recent years, Election 2015 sprang into life the minute the polls closed, with a shock exit poll predicting a massive swing towards the Conservatives but falling short of an overall majority. People questioned the accuracy of this exit poll due to its divergence(…)

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(…)

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