Queen’s University and Ulster University have recently advertised scholarships for PhD research: QUB: http://www.law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/News/Title,484157,en.html Ulster: http://research.ulster.ac.uk/info/status/rgszip/index.php  These opportunities may be of interest to RightsNI readers: Both universities have research centres or institutes devoted to the themes of human rights, transitional justice, criminal justice, conflict transformation. These include: Human Rights Centre INCORE Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice […]


The Stormont House Agreement published by the NIO here, states that the HIU, the single investigative mechanism provided for in the Haass-O’Sullivan Proposed Agreement, will now be implemented (see CAJ commentary on Haass-O’Sullivan proposals to deal with the past, here). Unlike other aspects of the Agreement no timeframe is set out for the establishment of […]


The Hooded Men: The Wider Implications of Ireland v UK Revisited

December 15, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW LAW LLP KRW The decision of the Irish government confronted by a legal challenge from The Hooded Men to Apply under Rule 80 of the Rules of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for the inter-state case of Ireland v UK […]

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Could the NI Assembly legislate for the Haass ‘Historic Investigations Unit’?

November 28, 2014

November 2014 has witnessed some interesting statements. At a TJI conference the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, made it abundantly clear that the UK state cannot wash its hands of its Article 2 obligations by delegating them down to the devolved institutions and refusing to fund them.  The Lord Chief Justice, […]

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November 21, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Hugh Jordan’s application to quash the verdict of the Coroner in the inquest into the killings of son Patrick Pearse Jordan on 25 November 1992 by an […]

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Resourcing and Policing the Past in the North of Ireland

November 7, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP   There is now an emphasis in this jurisdiction that public sector finances will be directed toward Policing the Present and not Policing the Past. This was made clear in the financial statement of the Minister of Justice David […]

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Mental illness and the death penalty

October 10, 2014

This winter will mark 53 years since the last use of capital punishment in Northern Ireland. On 20 December 1961 Robert McGladdery became the last man to be hanged in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol, for the murder of Pearl Gamble. The death penalty for murder was finally abolished in Northern Ireland on 25 July 1973. However, depending on […]

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Misleading, Vague and Baffling: The Conservative Human Rights Policy document

October 4, 2014

The policy statement (available on the BBC) includes some sensible opening comments recognising the important role of the European Convention on Human Rights. It then goes on to make numerous vague, tendentious or misleading statements in its ‘Case for Change’. According to the paper “The European Court of Human Rights has developed ‘mission creep’. Strasbourg adopts […]

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Hong Kong: the spirit of freedom

October 3, 2014

As far as the eye can see, young pro-democracy protestors have taken to the streets of central Hong Kong to demand the right to elect freely the next chief executive of the territory. The students’ speeches, songs and placards celebrate the freedoms they want to enjoy. Beijing has announced restrictions for the 2017 election – which […]

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Moazzam Begg: released without charge

October 2, 2014

Back in February, I wrote at this site about my concern on hearing of the arrest of Moazzam Begg, ex Guantanamo Bay detainee. I had listened to Moazzam speak about his experiences in Belfast in 2009 (my article reporting on his talk at St Mary’s College about his incarceration without charge post 9/11, originally written […]

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