Constitution

The Embodied Subject: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project

This report of the fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project is by Sandra Duffy, an LL.M. student in International Human Rights Law & Public Policy at University College Cork. ‘The Embodied Subject’ The fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project was held in Griffith College Dublin on the 13th and 14th of April 2015.(…)

O’Conaill on the ‘Logic’ of ‘No’ #marref

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Donnchadh O’Conaill (left). Donnchadh is a Lecturer in Metaphysics at the University of Leeds. In the autumn he will be moving to Helsinki to take up a postdoctoral position on The Epistemology of Metaphysics project. The referendum on same-sex marriage has thrown up a variety of arguments from(…)

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post on the marriage equality referendum and children’s rights from Prof. Ursula Kilkelly. Ursula is Dean of UCC School of Law and an international expert in rights of the child. Debate on the proposed constitutional amendment introducing marriage equality into Irish law has been dominated by its potential(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Is the Marriage Equality Referendum about Human Rights?

Over the last few weeks, campaigning on Ireland’s marriage equality referendum has been taking place in earnest. While the ‘yes’ side entered the formal referendum campaign with a steady lead in the polls and has long been well organised, the ‘no’ side has emerged rapidly and, in some ways, chaotically, scoring successes along the way (for example,(…)

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