Constitution

DCU School of Law and Government Inaugural Conference: “Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution.”

Dublin City University School of Law and Government will be holding its Inaugural Conference on “Judges, Politics and the Irish Constitution” this Thursday September 4th from 9am. The conference brings together members of the judiciary, lawyers, academics and postgraduate students who will be delivering papers on themes such as socio economic rights, democracy and judicial(…)

Time for Our Referendum

The following is the text of a letter written by a number of regular HRinI contributors and signed by over 100 academics, which was published in the Irish Times today (full list of signators only available online). Here we have added a number of additional signatures received after the letter went to press. Others who wish(…)

Contesting the cruel treatment of pregnant women – Ruth Fletcher

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr. Ruth Fletcher of Queen Mary University of London. I want to respond to Máiréad Enright’s thoughtful call to discuss what happened in this recent case of abortion refusal and cruel treatment.  How have certain forms of legal thinking got us to this place? How might this(…)

Suicide and the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Act 2013.

Update: I have added notes to this post to take account of what has been published elsewhere since the Independent report quoted below. Reporting of the case has been patchy, and sometimes confused.  See RTE.ie, the Sunday Independent (quoting this piece), the Sunday Times and the Examiner. Dearbhail McDonald of the Irish Independent reported on Saturday on what she(…)

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

A Modest Proposal on Abortion Reform in Ireland

Yesterday the UN Human Rights Committee released its Concluding Observations on Ireland’s compliance with the ICCPR, following hearings in Geneva on which Máiréad Enright blogged here and here. Those Concluding Observations made difficult reading, especially—although not exclusively—as regards the (historical and contemporary) treatment of women in Ireland. One of the main loci for the Committee’s attention(…)

Time to strengthen Oireachtas oversight of human rights

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Kirsten Roberts, doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. Parliaments can play a vital role in protecting human rights, but their potential is not being realised. Last Friday at the United Nations in Geneva, the results of an 18-month project on Effective(…)

Finding an ECHR-proofed process for the release of life sentence prisoners

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Diarmuid Griffin, lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at NUI Galway. Ireland has always tended to look to England and Wales when considering reform in the criminal justice arena. However, when it comes to the planned legislative reform of the parole of life sentence prisoners, we should(…)

Rule of Law v National Security: The Big Fight Live

In his understated way, Lord Justice Gross announced the latest round of the prize-fight that has defined so much of the debate on the role of the legal system in a liberal democracy since the 9/11 attacks (at [4]): “From time to time, tensions between the principle of open justice and the needs of national(…)

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

New Publication: #DirectProvision14 No Place to Call Home

Following on from Human Rights in Ireland’s marking of 14 Years of Direct Provision in Ireland (see all posts here), along with Caroline Reid from the Irish Refugee Council, a publication marking this event has now been produced. Once again, my thanks to all those who contributed blog posts, in particular asylum seekers who spoke(…)

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Sorry Day – Australia’s Apology to the Stolen Generation

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post from Siobhan Drislane. Siobhan is a graduate of University College Cork (BCL, LLM). She was previously employed as a researcher with the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and is now based in Perth, Western Australia where she works as a Project Coordinator in the Not for Profit sector. Siobhan’s wide areas of interest(…)

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