Après Charlie: The Progress of the UK’s new Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill currently being hustled through Parliament with unseemly haste was announced in a blaze of rhetoric. Theresa May told a rapt 2014 Conservative Party Conference that she wanted to see “new banning orders for extremist groups”. There was talk of re-establishing the Broadcasting Ban (which did so much in the 1980s(…)

Undocumented migrants and the enforcement of employment rights: assessing recent developments

Liam Thornton has previously blogged about issues surrounding the enforcement of employment rights by undocumented migrants, particularly in the wake of the 2012 High Court judgment in Hussein v The Labour Court & Anor [2012] IEHC 364. In this decision, Hogan J found that an undocumented migrant employee could not enforce statutory employment rights against(…)

Policing in 2014: Annus Horribilis?

There is no doubt that 2014 was a difficult year for policing in Ireland. By policing, I refer not just to an Garda Síochána but to all the agencies of the state involved in policing. Not a month has gone by without some new headline revealing more inappropriate activities and responses. A quick look at(…)

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(…)

Conference on Older Persons and the Law at NUI Galway

The Mental Health Rights Group and the LL.M in International and Comparative Disability Law at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy, School of Law, NUI Galway in conjunction with the Employment Law Association will hold a one day conference entitled ‘Law and the Older Person’ on Saturday 24th of January 2015 in Galway. The conference(…)

Call for Papers: International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice

A call for papers has been issued for the International Criminal Justice Stream at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference which takes place at the University of Warwick from 31 March- 2 April 2015. Submissions are invited on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would also(…)

The UN Migrant Workers Convention: How the EU Can Show that Migrants Matter

On the occasion of International Migrants Day, and the 24th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Migrant Workers Convention, we are delighted to welcome this guest post by Áine Travers and Emer Groarke, members of Migrants Matter, an international advocacy campaign that is calling on EU Member States to ratify the UN Migrant Workers(…)

2015 International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights

2015 International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights

Caroline Sweeney is a PhD Candidate and Doctoral Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is pleased to announce that the annual International Criminal Court Summer School will take place from 15-19 June 2015. The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at(…)

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