Following ten weeks of talks yesterday saw the publication of the Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan, entitled ‘A Fresh Start’. The 67 page paper is presented by the British and Irish Governments and the First and deputy First Ministers.  In addition to dealing with ‘the legacy and impact of paramilitary activity’ the purpose of the […]


Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Regio

November 9, 2015

We are please to share news of this opportunity with the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization EIUC and its partner universities Birzeit University (Palestine), Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), International University of Rabat (Morocco) and Ca’ Foscari University (Italy) are proud to present to you the second edition of the Master in […]

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MOOC (massive open online course) on ‘The EU and Human Rights’.

October 24, 2015

We are pleased to share this from the European Interuniversity Centre for Human Rights and Democratization This EU and Human Rights course teaches you the basics of human rights, placing the EU at the centre of investigation. All of the course activities aim to improve your understanding of how the EU, alone or in combination […]

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Citizenship and Political Rights in Ireland

October 21, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Colin Harvey, QUB School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Colin can be reached at Ireland’s system of voting rights (for Irish citizens) places particular emphasis on residency within the state. With some limited exceptions, there is a near blanket exclusion of citizens outside […]

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The NIO Policy Proposals: Implementation and Reconciliation Group (IRG) – Guest Post from Jeremy Hill

October 9, 2015

A couple of weeks ago the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) published its proposals to implement the provisions of the Stormont House Agreement (SHA) in relation to the legacy of the Troubles. The proposals are intended to pave the way for the introduction shortly in Westminster of new legislation: the Northern Ireland (Stormont House Agreement) Bill […]

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Independence, Inadmissibility and Information Verification in the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval Proposals- Guest post by Professor Louise Mallinder

October 5, 2015

On 23 September 2015, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) published a policy paper outlining the measures to be included in the Northern Ireland (Stormont House Agreement) Bill that will be presented to Parliament on 12 October 2015. This Bill will legislate for a number of commitments made by the UK government in the Stormont House […]

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The Stormont House Oral History Archive, PRONI, and the Meaning of Independence- Guest Post by Dr Anna Bryson

October 2, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Dr Anna Bryson. Anna is a Research Fellow at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. A historian by training, she is currently working on an international research project on Lawyers, Conflict and Transition. Her most recent publication (with Sean McConville) is The Routledge Guide to […]

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The Historical Investigations Unit (HIU): assessing the NIO policy proposals

October 1, 2015

At the beginning of this year as the dust was just settling on the Stormont House Agreement (SHA), this blog argued that the devil would be in the detail of the ultimate legislation as to whether the HIU would have the necessary powers and independence to carry out its role. It is now some of […]

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What hope Syria? Monica McWilliams reports from the Turkish border

September 10, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Monica McWilliams, Transititonal Justice Institute, Ulster University. This post was originally posted on the Political Settlements blog at In a week in which a small drowned Syrian child – Aylan Kurdi – has awoken the conscience of Europe, PSRP team member Professor Monica McWilliams […]

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Opportunity – training for international electoral observers

September 7, 2015

EIUC – Training for International Electoral Observers The Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is running a training seminar for International Electoral Observers from 23-28 November 2015. The course, structured in two modules, provides an introduction for civilian staff to the profession of election observers, with a complete theoretical and practical basic knowledge delivered to those considering election […]

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