We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Colin Harvey (QUB School of Law) and Mark Bassett (Barrister). They can be reached at charvey@qub.ac.uk. Introduction This is an edited version of the Opening Statement delivered by Colin Harvey and Mark Bassett to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday […]

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Brexit, Northern Ireland and Human Rights

by Guest Post on May 5, 2017

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Colin Harvey, QUB School of Law. This is the text of Colin Harvey’s written opening statement to the Seanad Special Select Committee on the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union, 27 April 2017   Introduction Thank you Chair and Committee members for the invitation to attend […]

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The UPR Examination of the UK – 4 May 2017

May 5, 2017

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Helen Flynn, Campaigns and Membership Officer with the Human Rights Consortium. This is a crosspost from http://www.humanrightsconsortium.org/upr-examination-uk-4-may-2017/  On Thursday 4 May the UK had to defend its human rights record before other Member States of the UN. The UK was grilled on a diverse range of issues including […]

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Launching the April Issue of the Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on the Social Sciences Research Network

April 27, 2017

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from  Catherine O’Rourke and Elise Ketelaars (Ulster University). They can be reached at cf.orourke@ulster.ac.uk. We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on the Social Sciences Research Network. This exciting new issue engages both with highly-topical contemporary […]

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QUB student working group calls for renewed consideration of NI Bill of Rights

April 13, 2017

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from the QUB Human Rights Student Working Group, consisting of Leo McSweeney, Leah Rea, Mansoreh Abolhassani and Laura Garland. They can be reached at lmcsweeney01@qub.ac.uk. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement has become the foundation for the peace paradigm and the basis for the new legal regime of Northern […]

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Leveraging the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice towards a Gender-inclusive Process to Deal with the Past

February 21, 2017

We are delighted to welcome this guest post. Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law and the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. Dr O’Rourke is independent academic expert for the Oversight Group of the Irish Government’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and is also a member of […]

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The Supreme Court’s Brexit Judgment

January 27, 2017

Who has the legal power to start the process to take the UK out of the EU  (or ‘trigger Article 50’ of the Treaty of Lisbon) – the Government or Parliament? That was the main question decided in the Brexit judgment of the UK Supreme Court. The Government had argued that it could do so […]

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The Practical Implications of the Brexit Decision for Northern Ireland

January 25, 2017

We are pleased to share news of this event at QUB. The School of Law at Queen University Belfast, together with the Centre for Transnational and European Studies, is hosting an open, round-table discussion forum about the “Brexit” (Miller/McCord/Agnew) decisions of the UK Supreme Court, to be released on Tuesday, 24th January, concerning the constitutional […]

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Advocating Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland: Local and Global Tensions

January 23, 2017

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Catherine O’Rourke. Catherine is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law at Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute and School of Law. She was one of the authors of the submission to the CEDAW Committee requesting an inquiry into abortion law in Northern Ireland. Despite […]

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Call for applications for the 2017/2018 European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

January 4, 2017

The European Interuniversity Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and 41 participating universities from all member states of the European Union are proud to present to you the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2017/2018. E.MA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human […]

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