Gender & Sex

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.(…)

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Children’s Rights and Marriage Equality

Human Rights in Ireland welcomes this guest post on the marriage equality referendum and children’s rights from Prof. Ursula Kilkelly. Ursula is Dean of UCC School of Law and an international expert in rights of the child. Debate on the proposed constitutional amendment introducing marriage equality into Irish law has been dominated by its potential(…)

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

What Makes a Legal Marriage? A Response to the Catholic Church

Dr Maebh Harding is an Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick. The recent threat by Ireland’s Catholic bishops to refuse to perform the civil aspects of a wedding if the marriage equality referendum is ratified will have no effect on the legal validity of Catholic marriages in Ireland. Parties to a marriage are married(…)

Negligence, Symphysiotomy and Past Harm.

Women wrongfully subjected to symphysiotomy in Ireland have human rights to an acknowledgement and apology, to guarantees against repetition, to measures of restitution and rehabilitation and to monetary compensation. I have written about the symphysiotomy redress scheme on this blog and elsewhere on a number of occasions. It was recently reported that over 50 women who applied to the(…)

The Parallels between the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Divorce Referendum

The Parallels between the Marriage Equality Referendum and the Divorce Referendum

There are some notable similarities between the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum and the Divorce Referendum of (almost) two decades ago, and I am not referring to the misleading ‘No’ posters that are again popping up in towns and cities throughout Ireland! In 1995, the Irish people were called on to vote in the Divorce Referendum(…)

Childbirth, Choice and the Courts: The 8th Amendment and More.

Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution reads: ‘The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.’  We typically think of this as(…)

#DirectProvision15: Documenting & Witnessing Direct Provision in Ireland

#DirectProvision15: Documenting & Witnessing Direct Provision in Ireland

This post is from Caroline Reid, co-organiser of #directprovision15 online action. This further outlines the significant knowledge society has (or should have) about the system of direct provision in Ireland.  #EndDP Demo Videos   Lives in Limbo (Irish Times series)   #DirectProvision14 (video)   The Outsiders – Our Teenage Life Behind Barriers (Radio documentary made(…)

Guest Post: Malta and Gender Identity

 We are pleased to welcome this post from Peter Dunne on Malta’s new gender-related legislation A Model for Ireland: Malta’s Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act On April 1, 2015, the Maltese Parliament unanimously passed the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act (“GIGESC Act”). The statute, which radically amends Malta’s rules for recognising preferred(…)

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(…)

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