Constitution

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(…)

A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law

This post was jointly written by regular contributor Aoife O’Donoghue and Ben Warwick. Ben is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at Durham Law School. His research centres on resource constraints and the implementation of economic and social rights.  The starting gun has been fired on constitutional debate in the UK. The prospect of Scottish independence, potentially increased(…)

Legal pathways to reproductive justice and abortion rights #repealthe8th

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Ruth Fletcher, a senior lecturer in Medical Law at Queen Mary, University of London Irish regulation of pregnant choices needs to be changed.   The current situation denies women legal power to opt out of pregnancy for their own reasons.  It also justifies poor legal, social and(…)

Options for Constitutional Reform #repealthe8th

This joint post by Máiréad Enright and Fiona de Londras draws heavily from Enright & de Londras, “’Empty Without and Empty Within’: The Unworkability of the Eighth Amendment after Savita Halappanavar and Miss Y” (2014) 20(2) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland __ (forthcoming) The current constitutional framework for abortion, stemming from the Eighth Amendment, inflicts significant harm(…)

The Problems of Travelling to Access Basic Care #repealthe8th

by Sheelagh McGuinness & Marie Fox Following a recent Dublin conference on ‘Building a coalition to repeal the 8th Amendment’, co-organiser Sinéad Kennedy asserted that “[t]he Eighth amendment is a source of discrimination against women but it particularly affects marginalised women who have suffered disproportionately; migrant women, women with little or no income, women who(…)

The Art of Listening #repealthe8th

by Roja Fazaeli The art of listening is in short supply in all too many professions. My own experience giving birth in the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin in January 2014 illustrates this. While I had some moments of extraordinarily good care during my pregnancy, these were outweighed and overshadowed by bad care. I trace(…)

Staying on board: Contraception, abortion and healthcare in Ireland #repealthe8th

by Fiona Dunkin & Aoife Campbell, Re(al)-Productive Health On 22nd May 1971, a band of 47 women marched brazenly and triumphantly into Connolly station in Dublin, armed with various assortments of condoms, spermicides, jelly and what appeared to be contraceptive pills.* To many onlookers in Connolly station that day, this was a scandalous, or at(…)

The Geography of Abortion #repealthe8th

It is interesting to speculate what Irish abortion law might look like if Ireland were to be situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean rather than on its edge. (Preferably, this would be somewhere warm and sunny, out of the path of hurricanes). If travelling to our nearest neighbour were a lengthy and prohibitively(…)

ARC on the need to #repealthe8th

by Abortion Rights Campaign A common, almost hackneyed maxim (replicable to outline any injustice by changing the last word) goes that a society is best judged by how it treats its women. If a society treats its women as second-class citizens or, in the already immortal words of the UN Human Rights Committee Chair Sir(…)

Abortion in Ireland: Some Considerations for Non-Extremists #repealthe8th

by Clara Cecilia Fischer Last month, Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, stated that the problem with the abortion debate in Ireland is that it is dominated by the extremes, that is, by those on the anti-choice and the pro-choice sides, or by the “Catholic versus anti-Catholic view of things.” Such assertions of extremism in Ireland(…)

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