Northern Ireland’s DNA Database Proposals: A Risk or Rights Based Approach

This post comes from David O’Dwyer, a PhD student at the University of Limerick, funded by the IRCHSS, who is conducting a human rights analysis of the growing phenomenon of DNA Databases. Here David considers recent proposals for the Northern Ireland database. In March 2011, the Northern Ireland Department of Justice released a Consultation on…Continue reading Northern Ireland’s DNA Database Proposals: A Risk or Rights Based Approach

PACE, detention and police bail

Human rights concerns can arise in the most unpredictable of ways. Who would have imagined, for example, that a ruling by a District Judge in Salford’s magistrates’ court, on how to interpret a provision in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, would, within weeks, have led to emergency legislation being rushed through Parliament – and made retrospective…Continue reading PACE, detention and police bail