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 […]


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 […]


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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EIUC: Training seminar for International Electoral Observers

December 19, 2016

We are pleased to share this opportunity from the European Inter University Centre Human Rights and Democratization. Calls for Admissions to the two, three-day, modules (20-22 March 2017 and 23-25 March 2017) of the Training seminar for International Electoral Observers are open until 12 February 2017, early bird 22 January 2017. Open and legitimate elections are the indispensable foundation […]

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Has Nothing Really Changed Here? Brief Reflections on the ‘Brexit Litigation’

December 2, 2016

We are pleased to share this from Prof Colin Harvey, QUB School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Colin can be reached at c.harvey@qub.ac.uk. Has anything that has happened since 1998 regarding Northern Ireland changed the constitution of the UK? If so, in what ways? These are among the questions to be faced in the […]

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Lady Hale

November 16, 2016

Lady Hale, Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court, has been in the news recently. In the media storm following the Miller judgment, one newspaper profiled the judges of the Supreme Court and described Lady Hale as a feminist. More recently her comments during a lecture in Malaysia have attracted some attention. Earlier this year, Ulster […]

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