Criminal Justice

Political Policing of Protests?

As of this week there have been 23 arrests since the protests in Jobstown over Irish water in mid-November (as well as the jailing of 5 individuals for contempt of court in related disputes).  Of concern seems to be the method of the arrest, more than the arrests themselves. Accounts have been presented of up to(…)

Mental Disorder and Punishment in Criminal Law – Seminar

The Socio-Legal Research Centre,  within the School of Law and Government at DCU, in association with the Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association and the Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development, is pleased to announce that Mr.  Kris Gledhill, University of Auckland, will be the keynote speaker at the “Mental Health and Criminal Law” seminar(…)

Protection against Cross-Examination by the Accused in Sexual Offence Trials – The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2014

 We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Sarah Bryan O’Sullivan BCL, LLM (Criminal Justice). Sarah is an Irish Research Council Scholar and a PhD Candidate at Trinity College Dublin.  On the 27th of November 2014, the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald announced the publication of the heads of the much anticipated Criminal Law (Sexual(…)

Policing in 2014: Annus Horribilis?

There is no doubt that 2014 was a difficult year for policing in Ireland. By policing, I refer not just to an Garda Síochána but to all the agencies of the state involved in policing. Not a month has gone by without some new headline revealing more inappropriate activities and responses. A quick look at(…)

The Accountability of the Criminal Justice System

Last summer the Government announced that a review panel of barristers was being tasked with reviewing over 200 cases in which Garda misconduct or failures in Garda investigation were being alleged. Recently, the Minister confirmed that the number of cases being reviewed has now risen to 305. Seven barristers (two senior counsel, five junior counsel)(…)

Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland

The 14th annual UCC Law Conference takes place on November 19th in the Aula Maxima at University College Cork. This is the only student-run professional law conference in Ireland and it is sponsored by William Fry. This year’s theme is “Human Trafficking – Modern Slavery in Ireland” and the speakers include: – Colm O’Dwyer BL(…)

Sinn Féin, Constitutional Politics and the Rule of Law

Six months ago, Malachi O’Doherty claimed that with his arrest over the murder of Jean McConville, Gerry Adams’ political career was as good as over; “Adams’s southern political ambitions are now dead, whatever happens next”. Just a month later, following European and Local elections that saw Sinn Féin maintain their position in Northern Ireland and(…)

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(…)

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