CCJHR Conference 28 March 2014: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights?

CCJHRThe Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights is hosting a conference: Marriage Equality, Relationship Recognition and Non-Discrimination: Securing Equality and Rights? on Friday, March 28th 2014 from 11am to 5pm. Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1 , Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) is located on the western side of the main UCC campus (see here for map).  Full booking information below.

Securing marriage equality has been described as the ‘civil rights issue of our generation’. The proposed constitutional reform follows on from significant legislative reforms in Ireland on civil partnerships, and further pending legislative reform on children’s rights and family relationships. Across Europe and internationally, constitutional and legislative reforms are taking place addressing rights to same sex marriage, sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in areas such as adoption, guardianship and custody of children and more broadly in the field of relationship recognition. International human rights bodies, including the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, and constitutional courts, are developing a significant body of jurisprudence on the scope and limits of anti-discrimination norms, and on the positive obligations arising for states to provide for marriage equality and relationship recognition.  This conference brings together leading human rights advocates, lawyers and academics to address the many pressing questions that now face Ireland and other jurisdictions engaging in comprehensive reforms of family, constitutional, equality and human rights law.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Robert Wintemute, School of Law, King’s College London (Keynote address)
  • Prof Fiona de Londras, School of Law, Durham University
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers, London
  • Boris Dittrich, Advocacy Director, LGBT program, Human Rights Watch
  • Nicholas Bamforth, School of Law, Oxford University
  • Kieran Rose, Gay Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and Member Designate of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
  • Dr Louise Crowley, Faculty of Law, UCC
  • Dr Conor O’Mahony, Faculty of Law UCC
  • Dr Tanya ni Mhuirthile, TENI and Griffith College Dublin
  • Prof Siobhán Mullally, Faculty of Law, UCC

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences, BHSC Room GO1 , Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC) is located on the western side of the main UCC campus.

6 CPD Group points available

Registration Fee: €60  (full rate)

Reduced rate: €30 – the reduced fee is available to NGOs, barristers in their first five years in practice, trainee solicitors and solicitors with up to three years post qualification experience).

Student registration (available to full-time students with valid ID) – €20

Advanced registration is essential. Online booking available here.

Conference convenor: Prof Siobhán Mullally, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, UCC, email and Dr Claire Murray, CCJHR,

Public Lecture: National Human Rights Commissions: Giving Teeth to International Treaties

UCCProfessor Brian Burdekin AO will be delivering a public lecture hosted by the Department of Government and the  Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork on Thursday, 7 November from 3 to 5 pm on National Human Rights Commissions: Giving Teeth to International Treaties. The lecture will take place in Western Gateway Building, room 304, University College Cork (Western Road). No prior registration is required and all are welcome.  Continue reading

Conference: Racism and Hate Crime in Ireland, 4 October 2013

NASCNasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre,  in conjunction with the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork, are hosting a one day conference on 4th October, 2013, Racism and Hate Crime in Ireland.

The conference aims to promote an open dialogue, examining the effectiveness or otherwise of our current legislative and policy framework to effectively deal with all forms of hate speech, racism and discrimination. The conference will explore whether our current legal framework is adequate and effective in tackling racism and discrimination, both institutional and social.

Venue: Brookefield Health Science Building, Room G10, University College Cork.

Date: 4th October 2013

Time: 1.15pm – 5.00pm (registration at 1 PM)

Full details and registration information is available here.

Children's Rights to Healthcare and Healthcare Services Conference, June 6th, UCC

On June 6th the Faculty of Law and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork will host a conference on Children’s Rights to Healthcare and Healthcare Services. Speakers include the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan, Professor Johnathan Hourihane of UCC, Dr Elspeth Webb, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Reader in Child Health at Cardiff University and James Robinson, Coordinator HPH Taskforce for Health Promotion with Children and Adolescents, Edinburgh.

Full details and the booking form are available here.

CCJHR Conference (UCC): Reforming Abortion Law Comparative Perspectives 22 March 2013

On March 22 2013, the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, UCC will host a conference on Reforming Abortion Law: Comparative Perspectives. This event is part of the Gender, Law and Sexuality research initiative in the Faculty of Law, supported by the Irish Research Council and Dean of Law Strategic Fund. Convened by Prof. Siobhán Mullally and Dr Claire Murray, this event will mark the launch of the Gender Law and Sexuality (GLAS) research initiative in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork. This initiative supports collaborative and interdisciplinary research in UCC Law including in fields of human rights law, health and medical law, employment law, migration and refugee law, criminal justice and family law.

Registration for this conference commences at 1 pm, with the conference starting at 1.30 pm. Continue reading

Maeve O'Rourke (Justice for Magdalenes) at UCC today

Maeve O’Rourke Barrister and member of the Justice for Magdalenes Advisory Commitee will be speaking today at University College Cork on the topic  “Justice for Magdalenes: Pursuing Human Rights Claims.” The seminar is organised as part of the LLM in Human Rights Law and Public Policy and the MA in Women’s Studies, UCC. Maeve has blogged on HRinI many times: see here and links on our guests page here.

Details of the seminar:

Date: February 18th 2013

Venue: Moot Court Room, Faculty of Law, Aras na Laoi, (first floor, to the left of the Law Dept reception office)

Time: 10.30am

Event at UCC: The International Criminal Court a Decade On

The International Criminal Court came into existence on the 1st July 2002. The Court is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court to be established. It was established under the Rome Statute as a significant step forward in ensuring all those who commit the most serious of crimes, such as genocide and crimes against humanity, can be brought to justice. The court therefore stands as an institution that can assist in ending impunity for atrocities that call for an international response. The ICC is currently dealing with 16 cases in seven situations; six of these cases are presently at trial stage. Earlier this year, the court reached a significant milestone in its tenth year when it delivered its first verdict in the Prosecutor v. Lubanga case. In that judgment the accused was found guilty of war crimes relating to the enlistment, conscription and use of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A series of events celebrating the first ten years of the ICC have been held around the globe, reflecting both the achievements of the court to date, and also its many challenges and limitations. This event is part of that series and will reflect on the past and future of international criminal justice at the ICC

Chair: Dr. Vittorio Bufacchi (Department of Philosophy, UCC)

5:30 Welcome – Dr. Fiona Donson (CCJHR, Faculty of Law, UCC)

5:35-6:05 Ms. Justice Harding-Clark

“The ICC – a ten year assessment”

6:05-6:35 Mr. Peter Robinson

“Do International Criminal Courts Deter Atrocities?–a Defence Counsel’s Perspective”

6:35-7:00 Questions and Discussion

7:00 Wine reception – Staff Restaurant Continue reading

Legal Analysis of the Children's Referendum: Article 42A Conclusion

Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law in University of Nottingham. Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. Aoife and Liam are organising Human Rights in Ireland’s contribution to the debate on Article 42A, the Children’s Amendment.

It is important that clear, accessible and intelligible information on the proposed Children’s referendum wording is available. We hope that for those not fully clear on the purpose or wording of Article 42A, that the series of blog posts today provides you with a better understanding of the constitutional amendment on children. The decision is ultimately up to Irish citizens as to whether they choose to accept this amendment to the Irish Constitution. Our only task now, is to thank each of the contributors for their blog posts, which are hyper-linked below for easy reference.

Conor O’Mahony on Article 42A.1

Eoin Daly on Article 42A.2.1

Liam Thornton on Article 42A.2.2

Fergus Ryan on Article 42A.3

Ursula Kilkelly on Article 42A.4.1

Aisling Parkes on Article 42A.4.2

Sean O’Conaill on Article 42A and the Irish wording

On Friday, 26th October 2012, Human Rights in Ireland will be providing a platform for a variety of contributors to give their views on the Children’s referendum and Article 42A.

Legal Analysis of the Children's Referendum: Some Perspectives on the Irish Wording

Seán Ó Conaill is a lecturer in law in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork.

On each occasion in Ireland when it is proposed to have a referendum to amend the Constitution, the Bill which grounds this process is required to give the text of the proposed amendment in English and in Irish. The Irish text is necessitated by the special status the Irish language enjoys as the first official language, the national language and indeed the authoritative text of the Constitution in the case of conflict.

The fact that the Irish texts prevails in the case of conflict between the two texts is well established and it is submitted in many instances justified given the more careful drafting process used for the Irish text in 1937. What was perhaps not envisaged however was the position with regards to amendments the wording of which tend to be agreed and finalised in English and subsequently translated to Irish. This presents the added complication of the Irish translation of the English text being the authoritative version in the case of a Court finding that there is a conflict between the texts. I have argued elsewhere that Ireland would benefit greatly from the introduction of co-drafting which would not only improve the quality of the Irish text, but as experience from Wales and Canada has shown, significantly improves the quality of the English text too. As things stand however the Irish text Continue reading

Legal Analysis of the Children's Referendum: Article 42A.4.2

Dr Aisling Parkes is a lecturer in law in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork.

Proposed Article 42A.4.2 provides:

Provision shall be made by law for securing, as far as practicable, that in all proceedings referred to in subsection 1 (all proceedings brought by the State…for the purpose of preventing the safety and welfare of any child from being prejudicially affected; adoption; guardianship or custody of, or access to any child) of this section in respect of any child who is capable of forming his or her own views, the views of the child shall be ascertained and given due weight having regard to the age and maturity of the child.

Ireland has been under a legally binding obligation to incorporate the principle of respect for the views of the child into Irish law since 1992, when it formally ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 (CRC). Indeed, in 2006, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child specifically recommended that Ireland “strengthen its efforts to ensure, including through constitutional provisions, that children have the right to express their views in all matters affecting them and to have those views given due weight in all matters affecting them”.

While the proposed amendment will not give constitutional status Continue reading