Compliance with human rights judgments

The UK’s Investigative Obligation In order to comply with human rights judgments, especially concerning article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the UK must effectively investigate the killings of civilians by state. The requisite standards have been highlighted as: promptness, impartiality and thoroughness. Investigative bodies in Northern Ireland have been described as […]

What does “National Security” actually mean?

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) published a report in late 2012 entitled “The Policing You Don’t See”. It highlighted the ‘parallel justice system’ currently operating in Northern Ireland. This consists of a police force accountable to local mechanisms and another “force outside a force” responsible for national security issues, operating from within […]

Cultivating identity, Depoliticising culture

The flag protests have largely died out and now the parading season looms. Amid such tensions, it is an apt time to consider the compatibility of Northern Ireland’s peace process with the internationally recognised freedoms of expression and assembly. This blog will address only the flying of a national flag and parading as aspects of […]