Criminal Justice

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]nuigalway.ie 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(…)

The International Criminal Court Summer School 2015: 15-19 June 2015, NUI Galway, Ireland

The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school on the International Criminal Court, the world’s permanent institution for the trial of international crimes. This year’s ICC Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway, Ireland. The Summer School comprises a series of intensive(…)

Graham Dwyer and Violence Against Women

Jennifer O’Connell wrote for the Irish Times on Saturday that the Dwyer trial has forced light onto the darkest part of Irish society. More than anything, I hope it forces us to confront the true nature of violence against women in Ireland. This trial was about a misogynist’s criminal desire to control, dominate, harm and(…)

Managing or combating domestic violence? Penal mediation in Greece

Managing or combating domestic violence? Penal mediation in Greece

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, which amongst other initiatives attempted to bring violence against women to the forefront of UN’s action on gender equality. Twenty years later the situation remains grim. Despite the enactment of a series of domestic laws that focused on violence against women and more specifically(…)

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