Criminal Justice

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(…)

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(…)

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