Gender & Sex

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

The Direct Provision Report: A Missed Opportunity

You can find my preliminary analysis, including a full summary of the core recommendations from the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here.  You can access the McMahon Report here. From an initial reading and examination of this report, in my view, this is a report of two halves. One half(…)

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

The Direct Provision Report: The People Impacted

You can find my preliminary analysis of the McMahon Report on the Protection Process and Direct Provision System here. You can access the McMahon Report here. The McMahon Report is one of the first attempts by the State to systematically explore the total numbers of persons who are in the protection process and leave to(…)

An IHRL-compliant post-8th Amendment Abortion Law for Ireland. #repealthe8th

The open-access journal feminists@law has today published the general scheme of the ‘Access to Abortion Bill 2015; a piece of model legislation drafted by a group of feminist academic lawyers and intended to regulate abortion in Ireland after repeal of the 8th Amendment. The authors are: Mairead Enright, Fiona de Londras, Vicky Conway, Mary Donnelly, Ruth Fletcher, Natalie(…)

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(…)

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