Criminal Justice

Win Lin v Governor of Cloverhill Prison.

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Wendy Lyon, who is a trainee solicitor with KOD Lyons, a human rights and criminal law firm. The recent High Court case of Win Lin v Governor of Cloverhill Prison ([2014] IEHC 214) allowed a brief light to shine on the issue of trafficking for forced labour(…)

Presumption of Guilt: Islamic State and UK Criminal Law

Today the UK terrorism threat level has once again been raised to severe, as a result of ‘developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the west’. Within hours of the increased threat being announced, David Cameron was on hand (in Downing Street, not in Cornwall) to  ominously declare a “greater(…)

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(…)

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(…)

Call for Inquiry into policing of Corrib

On HRinI we’ve blogged on numerous occasions about the ongoing campaign in the West of Ireland to challenge Shell’s building of an on-shore refinery (see for instance here, here and here ) with a particular emphasis on the policing of that dispute. Many of those involved in the protests have come together to call for an(…)

Criminology and Penology Special Issue of IJASS

The Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies has recently published a special issue on Criminology and Penology, guest edited by Dr Liam Leonard, Associate Professor, Dept. Sociology & Anthropology, West Virginia University. Many topical issues are discussed within this issue, ranging from education in prisons to rape conviction rates and from adult cautioning to child imprisonment. The full(…)

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

Conference: Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland

On Friday, 13th June 2014 from 10am to 5pm, UCD Sutherland School of Law will host a conference Law in Action Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education In Ireland.  Organised  jointly between UCD School of Law,  the Public Interest Law Alliance, University of Ulster Law Clinic and the Irish Clinical Legal Education Association, the full programme with an(…)

The Need for Effective Diversion: The Report into the Death of Gary Douch

The recently published Report into the death of Gary Douch examined the circumstances behind his death in Mountjoy prison in 2006.  The 4 volumes of the Report are available here.  Gary Douch was killed by a Stephen Egan, a prisoner who was identified as being “troublesome and disruptive” and was well known throughout the Irish(…)

Legal professionals as ‘bloodhounds’ for white-collar criminality

We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Dr Joe McGrath, NUI Galway. A part of the prosecution against some former executives at Anglo Irish Bank, ostensibly initiated by a Garda raid on that bank’s headquarters in February of 2009, has now collapsed over five years later. The Court has directed that the jury(…)

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