Stop Press! Two-day Colloquium on emotions and law at QUB today and tomorrow

A very exciting two-day Colloquium at Queen’s University on emotional dynamics, law and legal discourse, will be held today and tomorrow.  The University has confirmed, this morning, that there are still places if individuals want to attend, with sessions starting today at 1.45 PM (but note the fee in cash or cheque of £25 for…Continue reading Stop Press! Two-day Colloquium on emotions and law at QUB today and tomorrow

Legislating for Article 40.3.3: Thornton on The Right to Travel, Reproductive Rights and Asylum Seekers

Author: Dr Liam Thornton, School of Law, University College Dublin I. The Right to Travel The thirteenth amendment to the constitution recognised that the right to life of the unborn, did not affect the right of individuals to travel, hence women and girls in Ireland may travel to access abortion services in other states. When…Continue reading Legislating for Article 40.3.3: Thornton on The Right to Travel, Reproductive Rights and Asylum Seekers

Human Rights, Procurement and Accountability

RightsNI is delighted to welcome this guest post by Elizabeth Nelson. Elizabeth Nelson is the Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer at the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), an NGO working for human rights and racial equality across Northern Ireland. Her role includes coordination of the NI Assembly’s All Party Group on Ethnic Minority Communities, as…Continue reading Human Rights, Procurement and Accountability

Securing Europe’s borders versus saving lives

Amnesty International charges in a new report (PDF) and campaign that European governments care more about reinforcing their borders than saving lives, and that they often endanger migrants by outsourcing security along their boundaries.  Amnesty’s When you don’t exist campaign focuses on the plight of these ‘people on the move’. According to Amnesty: Last year, at…Continue reading Securing Europe’s borders versus saving lives

Fatal reality of immigration policies of deterrence

Although it is a wonderful testament to human resilience and assistance to our fellows, that survivors from the sunken boat off East Java continue to be found and rescued, the loss of so many lives in this disaster points to inhuman law-making and failures of human hospitality and generosity. Press reports say that the boat…Continue reading Fatal reality of immigration policies of deterrence

Scrapping the Human Rights Act: The Northern Ireland Dimension

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has called for the Human Rights Act 1998 to be scrapped on the basis that it prevents the British government from deporting foreign terror suspects or those convicted of crime. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has also expressed his unease about the Human Rights Act and has stated: I agree…Continue reading Scrapping the Human Rights Act: The Northern Ireland Dimension