Rule of Law v National Security: The Big Fight Live

In his understated way, Lord Justice Gross announced the latest round of the prize-fight that has defined so much of the debate on the role of the legal system in a liberal democracy since the 9/11 attacks (at [4]): “From time to time, tensions between the principle of open justice and the needs of national(…)

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Obesity and Human Rights in Ireland

Katharina Ó Cathaoir is a graduate of UCC (BCL Law and Irish, 2011) and TCD (LLM International and Comparative Law, 2012). Katharina is currently undertaking a PhD on childhood obesity from a human rights perspective at the University of Copenhagen. “There is no nice, non-stigmatising way to wish that fat people did not eat [n]or exist”[1] Obesity is a compelling(…)

World Refugee Week Events in Dublin

World Refugee Week Events in Dublin

Caroline Reid is Communications Officer in the Irish Refugee Council. It is not long now until World Refugee Week, a week that honours the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. It is also a time to acknowledge and(…)

The Myth of the Cherished Child in Ireland

The Myth of the Cherished Child in Ireland

The last number of weeks have seen much hand wringing and pretense of ‘not knowing’ from government, politicians and the public at large to the treatment of mothers and children for many decades in Ireland (see here, here, here and here). The penal institutions of borstals, industrial schools, ‘unmarried mother’ country homes, homes for first unmarried(…)

Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

Conference: Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre and  UCD’s Sutherland School of Law invite you to a one day conference to mark World Refugee Day on the 20th June 2014 in UCD’s William Fry Theatre from 10 am – 3pm. The conference, titled Beyond the Single Procedure: Reforming Ireland’s Protection System. This conference is an opportunity to bring together(…)

Vaccine Trials on Children in Residential Settings: Legal and Ethical Perspectives

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Katherine Wade. Katherine is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork under the supervision of Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Dr. Deirdre Madden. Her PhD examines the legal and ethical aspects of the involvement of neonates in clinical trials in Ireland from a(…)

Marking the 2004 Citizenship Referendum – Wednesday June 11 at 1pm

At 1 pm on Wednesday June 11th, a solidarity event will be held outside the Dáil  to mark ten years since the 2004 Citizenship Referendum was passed. The referendum ended the automatic right of children born in Ireland to Irish citizenship.  Over the last ten years, this referendum has divided families, divided the entire population, and(…)

Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy

These are notes for a  response to Prof. Carol Sanger’s talk ‘Abortion Secrecy/Abortion Privacy’ given at UCC on June 6.  An earlier version of Prof. Sanger’s talk, given at Birmingham Law School, is available to watch here, and is well worth your time. Abortion Secrecy Secrecy is as much about what others would think if they(…)

Somali Refugees in Kenya: Key Agreement on Hold

We welcome the following guest post from Bríd Ní Ghráinne. Bríd is currently completing a DPhil at the Law Faculty, University of Oxford (with this post being cross-posted from the Oxford Human Rights Hub). She holds an LLM in Public International Law from Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands, and a BCL (International) from the National University of Ireland,(…)

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