…according to Baroness Kennedy during yesterday’s session of The EU Justice Sub Committee Inquiry on the Potential Repeal of the Human Rights Act on EU Law. The Committee heard evidence from Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in relation to the proposed consultation on a British Bill of […]

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Religion and Choice in Northern Ireland

January 11, 2016

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Dr Fiona Bloomer and Claire Pierson, Ulster University. The authors can be reached at fk.bloomer@ulster.ac.uk and Pierson-C@email.ulster.ac.uk. The subject of abortion, highly contentious in the Northern Ireland context, has until recently largely been ignored or sidestepped by human rights based organisations within Northern Ireland. The current Amnesty […]

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Sick and tired of being told the Bill of Rights is dead

December 16, 2015

Guest Post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) I’m sick and tired of being told I’ve got to apologise for human rights. You know what it’s like: “Oh human rights have got so much baggage! Can’t we find different words?” Or: “Human rights have been brought into disrepute […]

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A Discussion of Keyu & Others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Another [2015] UKSC 69

December 10, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by the QUB Human Rights Centre (HRC). HRC can be contacted via Dr Luke Moffett l.moffett@qub.ac.uk. Introduction Members of the QUB Humans Rights Centre met today, Human Rights Day 2015, to discuss the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in Keyu & Others v Secretary of State […]

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Developing Gender Principles for Dealing with the Legacy of the Past

December 10, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post.  Dr Catherine O’Rourke is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law at Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). Philipp Schulz is a PhD student at the TJI.  Initiatives to deal with the past in Britain and Ireland have been characterised by the absence of any official […]

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The UN Security Council’s New Resolution on Women, Peace, and Security

December 10, 2015

We are pleased to share this guest post by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin. Fionnuala can be reached at niaol002@umn.edu. This was originally posted on Just Security at https://www.justsecurity.org/26720/unscr-2242/  The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a new resolution on women, peace, and security meant to improve the UN’s agenda for these issues. The new resolution (UNSCR 2242), marks the […]

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Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast: Quo Vadis?

December 10, 2015

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Tom Hadden, Brice Dickson and Luke Moffett. The authors can be reached via l.moffett@qub.ac.uk This year we are celebrating twenty-five years of the Human Rights Centre in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. The Centre has seen many students pass through its masters programme […]

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ESC Rights and the Stormont Agreement Implementation Plan: a quick appraisal

November 18, 2015

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 […]

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