Politics

Law Society of Ireland & IHRC Annual Human Rights Conference

This October, the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Law Society of Ireland will host the 10th Annual Human Rights Conference, Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in Ireland: The Role of the Irish Constitution and European Law.  The conference will examine the impact of the Irish Constitution, the European Convention on Human Rights and EU law in advancing human(…)

Irish Centre for Human Rights Launch Report on Business and Human Rights

A new report calls on the Government to ensure that companies respect human rights and to provide guidance to businesses on the requirements of human rights due diligence, including when operating overseas. Such due diligence should be a mandatory requirement underpinned by legislation, according to the report’s authors at the Irish Centre for Human Rights(…)

Judgment in Charles Taylor Trial Due Shortly

Judgment in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will take place shortly in the Special Court for Sierra Leone.  You can see the judgment here.  Charles Taylor was charged with an 11-count indictment alleging responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international humanitarian law committed by rebel forces(…)

War Crimes and the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka

On 22 March, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted the draft resolution, proposed by the United States, on reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka. It was issued in a context of war crimes accusations over the conduct of Sri Lankan forces in the final throes of the conflict with the LTTE (Tamil Tigers)(…)

Call for Papers: Ireland and the United Nations Framework for Business and Human Rights

A one-day conference organised by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the School of Law, NUI Galway entitled “Ireland and the United Nations Framework for Business and Human Rights” will take place on 24 March 2012 at the National University of Ireland Galway.  The conference seeks to explore and analyse issues of law and(…)

Today in Irish History: The Easter Rising.

She strutted in larkish delight, calling to others less splendid, “How do yez like me now?” [1] Today is the 95th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and of the publication of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, chiefly (for good or ill) remembered as a declaration of resolve to ‘cherish all the children of(…)

Weekend Reading: The Devil and Mr Casement

The recommended reading this weekend is the excellent The Devil and Mr. Casement .  Jordan Goodman provides a wonderful insight into the human rights work of Roger Casement in uncovering gross human rights abuses within Peru at the turn of the last century. This text examines how native slavery and gross human rights abuses were(…)

Who's Next?

The wave of protests in North Africa has been followed by a persistent question – which state is next? This is underlined by the fact that the protests have by all accounts ‘spread’ from Tunisia to Jordan and Egypt. With the toppling of Mr Ben Ali, and last night’s sour acceptance from Mr Mubarak that(…)

Rectify Basic Failures of the Irish Political Process

The issue of reforming the political system is a live one at present and, as we look forward to a general election and the opportunities that it might bring, it is indeed important to consider the changes that might be made to our political system so as to increase its efficiency, its transparency, and its(…)

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