September Events on Dealing with the Past

by Rory OConnell on August 27, 2015

There are two events on Dealing with the Past on September 15 and 16 that are of interest: Invitation to the Launch of  Gender Principles for Dealing with the Legacy of the Past Tuesday 15 September 2015 10.30am – 1pm Room 115 Parliament Buildings, Stormont The absence of a gendered lens and the sustained exclusion […]

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Having your cake and eating it? Torture and the laws of war in Northern Ireland- Guest Post by Christina Verdirame

August 10, 2015

Materials discovered in recent years in the UK national archives in London have revealed evidence relevant in the ECHR 1978 Ireland V UK ‘Hooded Men’ case. The significance of this for the Ireland v UK case and the wider implications of the material have been covered in previous posts by Christopher Stanley here and here.The […]

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Why I asked to be arrested for breaking Northern Ireland’s abortion laws

July 7, 2015

Just over two years ago, I wrote here about the one hundred people who had signed an open letter in an act of civil disobedience in protest at the situation for women needing an abortion in Northern Ireland. Although I am pro-choice, I didn’t sign that letter as my second son was not quite a year old and […]

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A pension for those seriously injured: Reparations for dealing with the past in Northern Ireland? Part II

June 2, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Dr Luke Moffett, QUB School of Law. Luke can be reached at l.moffett@qub.ac.uk. Experience in other countries These problems over who deserves reparations are not unique to Northern Ireland. Countries like Sierra Leone and South African made no distinction between victims and ex-combatants when it came […]

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A pension for those seriously injured: Reparations for dealing with the past in Northern Ireland? Part I

June 1, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Dr Luke Moffett, QUB School of Law. Luke can be reached at l.moffett@qub.ac.uk. Victims who have been seriously injured during the Troubles/conflict in and around Northern Ireland have often been forgotten when dealing with the past. Most initiatives to address the past have focused on obtaining […]

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Ensuring a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland remains on the Political Agenda

May 26, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Monica McWilliams, Dr Anne Smith and Priyam Yarnell, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University.  On the 6 October 2014, our report ‘Political Capacity Building: Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland’ (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2610026) was launched in Parliament Buildings in Stormont. The launch of the report was […]

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Turning a challenge into an opportunity: human rights in Northern Ireland

May 26, 2015

It now seems inevitable that, unless there is an unlikely backbench revolt within the Conservative Party, the Human Rights Act 1998 will be replaced by a new Act. According to the Conservatives’ election manifesto the new Act will ‘remain faithful to the basic principles of human rights, which we signed up to in the original […]

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