Criminal Justice

Depoliticising Policing at MacGill Summer School

Earlier this week I spoke at the MacGill Summer School on a session about justice reform. The other speakers on the panel were Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald (speech available here) and Conor Brady, former GSOC Commissioner and historian of an Garda Síochána. The focus of my talk was one of the particular elements of reform(…)

Conference Announcement. Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change.

Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change. September 11th, 2015, University of Limerick.  *6.5 CPD Points* On September 11th 2015, the Centre for Criminal Justice at UL will host a one-day conference on Victims’ Rights entitled ‘Victims’ Rights in Ireland: An Agenda for Change’. Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime(…)

Rape and the Criminal Justice System

In the past few days two alarming stories have emerged pertaining to the response of the criminal justice system to rape allegations in Ireland. Both, if accurately reported, provide further evidence of the failure of the Irish system to respond appropriately, in a way which respects the rights of victims satisfactorily.

Politics and The Policing Authority

Minister Frances Fitzgerald stated in the Seanad last week that she is “committed to delivering a sea change in the oversight of policing.” At the core of the reform package which will supposedly deliver this is the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 and the soon to be created Policing Authority. She(…)

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.(…)

ACJRD Criminal Justice Essay Competition 2015

The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development (ACJRD) has announced an essay competition to encourage written work on the subject of Criminal Justice. There is a prize of €200 for first place and a second prize of €50. Both winning essays will also be published on the ACJRD website. The competition is open to(…)

Just and unjust wars: the Holy See, #R2P and a concern about genocide in the Middle East

Just and unjust wars: the Holy See, #R2P and a concern about genocide in the Middle East

Leonard Taylor is a PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Ireland. His research topic is on Catholicism and international human rights.  You can contact him l.taylor3[at] The following post highlights current debate at the United Nations, particularly at the recent 28th Session of the Human Rights Council on the situation(…)

DPP v JC: Initial Observations on the Exclusionary Rule case

Where does one start to analyse six Supreme Court judgments (the Chief Justice concurred with the majority but did not issue a separate judgment), amounting to over 155,000 words, on a most fundamental rule of constitutional law and criminal procedure? This is not an easy task and what follows represents only an initial foray into(…)

The UK Modern Slavery Act: Template for Ireland or False Friend?

The UK Modern Slavery Act: Template for Ireland or False Friend?

This post originally appeared as a guest column in the Immigrant Council of Ireland’s daily epaper, Immigrant News.  Heralded by the UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, as “an historic milestone” which brings the UK “closer to consigning slavery to the history books”, the UK Parliament adopted the Modern Slavery Act on 26 March. The Act brings(…)

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