Gender & Sex

#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(…)

Guest Post: 20 years after Beijing: let’s take a few steps back.

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Leonard Taylor, who is a PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway. His research topic is on Catholicism and human rights.  You can contact him l.taylor3[at]  This post is in response to Aoife O’Donoghue’s article [20 Years after Beijing: Taking a few steps(…)

20 Years after Beijing: Taking a few steps back?

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is set to be the biggest conference yet solely dedicated to women’s issues. With 900 participants it has set itself as both a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is celebrated as a pivotal moment in the progression of women’s rights(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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