Gender & Sex

Health, Gender-Based Violence and the Right to Reparations in Ireland.

I do not accept the Deputy’s comment that the Government is neither sympathetic nor decent in respect of the work it does here. As pointed out with regard to the Magdalen laundries, Priory Hall and many other sensitive serious issues the Government has been sympathetic and decent. Enda Kenny, May 2014. Redress is in the news again. The(…)

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(…)

Update on the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project.

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project brings a new critical methodology to bear on Irish and Northern Irish legal studies. A collective of academics and practitioners will come together to write the “missing feminist judgments” in appellate cases which have shaped Irish and Northern Irish law. (Click here for details of those involved and here for details of the(…)

Seminar 5th Feb 2015 (Trans)Gender Recognition in Germany: The Role of the German Courts

Seminar 5th Feb 2015 (Trans)Gender Recognition in Germany: The Role of the German Courts

The Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) and UCD Human Rights Network and UCD Sutherland School of Law invites you to a keynote address from Prof. Dr. Johanna Schmidt-Räntsch, Judge of the German Supreme Court, on “(Trans)Gender Recognition in Germany: The Role of the German Courts” Date: Thursday, 05 February 2015 Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm Location: William Fry Theatre, UCD(…)

PP v HSE: Practicability, Dignity and the Best Interests of the Unborn Child.

The High Court handed down judgment in PP v. HSE today.  The Irish Times provides a useful summary here.  P., who was 15 weeks pregnant, died on December 3rd, but her body  was subjected to medical processes to ‘facilitate the continuation of maternal organ supportive measures in an attempt to attain foetal viability’ for several more weeks.  We(…)

Foetal Life, Natural Death, and the 8th Amendment

This morning three members of the High Court are hearing an application from the parents of a woman in her mid-20s who, following a brain trauma, lies clinically dead in a midlands hospital and whose doctors have declined to turn off life support as she is pregnant. For these doctors (and, it now emerges, two(…)

After the 8th. #repealthe8th

#AbortionPillTrain Film from Whackala on Vimeo. Tomorrow, Clare Daly’s Bill to Repeal the Eighth Amendment will be debated in the Dail. A rally to support the Bill will begin outside the Dail at 7pm. Daly’s Bill is interesting because it proposes replacing the 8th Amendment with a new provision which would provide explicit protection for(…)

Today in Irish Legal History: De Burca and Anderson v AG

On December 12, 1975 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in De Burca and Anderson v. AG, and found the Juries Act, 1927 unconstitutional. Kevin O’Higgins’ Act had excluded women from jury service, in order to shield them from matters which ‘one would not like to discuss with the feminine members of one’s own family‘.  Anderson and De(…)

What’s (Still) Wrong with the Symphysiotomy Redress Scheme.

The closing date for applications to the symphysiotomy redress scheme is this Friday.  Assessment has already begun, some redress offers – a very small fraction of the total projected value of the scheme – have already been made and a very small number of those have been accepted. I have written before about the core(…)

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