Rory O’Connell. Rory is Editor of RightsNI, Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law at Ulster University School of Law and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). He is a member of the Board of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), one of the applicants in the Brexit case Agnew and others.…Continue reading Constitutional Law 101 Lessons: The Brexit judgment on the prerogative in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
An issue which has been aired in the run up to and aftermath of the referendum has been the fate of land border on the island of Ireland. At a level of political rhetoric the position of the Leave campaign was somewhat confusing, majoring on a platform of ‘taking back control’ of UK borders whilst…Continue reading The Border, racial profiling and Irish citizens post BREXIT
We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Jason McKeown, Communications Assistant with the Human Rights Consortium. With the 2016 Assembly Elections almost upon us, the Human Rights Consortium takes a look at the manifestos of the various political parties who have put themselves forward for election. This resource will…Continue reading Manifesto Watch: 2016 NI Assembly Election
We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Dr Anne Smith and Prof Monica McWilliams, Ulster University. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. On the 14 December 2015, the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) held a roundtable discussion on Where Next for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland at Ulster University’s Belfast campus. The…Continue reading Roundtable Discussion on Where Next for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland
We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Mark Simpson, Ulster University. Mark can be reached at Simpson-M7@email.ulster.ac.uk. Denial of a widowed parent’s allowance because the claimant had not been married to her deceased partner unlawfully discriminated against her children, the Northern Ireland High Court has held. Siobhan McLaughlin judicially reviewed the refusal of bereavement payment…Continue reading Benefit restriction discriminates against unmarried couples’ children
The threat to the Human Rights Act rumbles on, albeit, in muted tones compared to the fanfare of the Conservatives 2014 proposals and now juxtaposed by Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice’s tepid responses to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee earlier this week, in relation to their inquiry on…Continue reading ‘The Impact of the Human Rights Act in Northern Ireland’, Conference Overview
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. She is currently also co-coordinator of the Gender Stream of the DFID-funded Political Settlements Research Programme, where she is investigating how international law norms for gender equality influence domestic…Continue reading Human Rights and Making Change: Looking Backwards and Moving Forwards from the Northern Ireland High Court Decision on Abortion
We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr Kathryn McNeilly, Lecturer in Law at QUB. Kathryn can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org. On Monday the Northern Ireland High Court declared Northern Ireland’s prohibition of abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and in cases of sexual crime, up to the date when the foetus…Continue reading Human Rights and Northern Ireland’s Abortion Law: Understanding the High Court Decision
SONGS OF THE PEOPLE Traditional & contemporary culture in Northern Ireland When: 7 December 2015 at 8:00pm Where: Aether & Echo, Lower Garfield Street, Belfast In Northern Ireland, cultural identity is a lively topic of debate. What is culture but simply the way we live out our lives? It’s the food we eat, the news…Continue reading Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival
The following piece was written for a protest meeting held outside the EU Building in Belfast on 31st August 2015: Tell the EU to stop pushing refugees into the sea. We called for: open borders, the creation of safe passages, the treatment of refugees with dignity and respect, a stop to fueling the wars that…Continue reading Crisis at the borders: as EU leaders prepare to meet, call for open borders.
Screenshot from BBC Shorts: “DESPERATE TO GET THROUGH”, BBCshorts.tumblr.com, accessed 3rd August 2015. David Cameron proclaimed this week: “everything that can be done will be done to make sure our borders are secure and make sure that British holidaymakers are able to go on their holidays”. He was commenting as people are injured and dying…Continue reading “Just another day in paradise”: the Calais situation
We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Prof Colin Harvey, QUB School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Colin can be reached at email@example.com. This is the first majority Conservative government at Westminster since the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 1998. That Agreement emerged under a Labour government that had constitutional reform firmly on its…Continue reading Rights, Equality and Social Justice in a Cold Climate