Having your cake and eating it? Torture and the laws of war in Northern Ireland- Guest Post by Christina Verdirame

Materials discovered in recent years in the UK national archives in London have revealed evidence relevant in the ECHR 1978 Ireland V UK ‘Hooded Men’ case. The significance of this for the Ireland v UK case and the wider implications of the material have been covered in previous posts by Christopher Stanley here and here.The…Continue reading Having your cake and eating it? Torture and the laws of war in Northern Ireland- Guest Post by Christina Verdirame

Advocate-counsellor: Ensure fair and equal representation of victims in the Historical Investigation Unit and Independent Commission for Information Retrieval

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Dr Luke Moffett, QUB School of Law. Luke can be reached at l.moffett@qub.ac.uk. On Monday 18th May 2015 the Transitional Justice Institute hosted a conference ‘Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Implementing the Stormont House Agreement’ in conjunction with Amnesty International, Committee on the Administration of Justice…Continue reading Advocate-counsellor: Ensure fair and equal representation of victims in the Historical Investigation Unit and Independent Commission for Information Retrieval

Why is the debate on dealing with the past in Northern gender blind?

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Andreé Murphy of Relatives for Justice. Andreé can be reached at andree@relativesforjustice.com. This was originally posted on the Eamonn Mallie blog at http://eamonnmallie.com/2015/05/why-is-the-debate-on-dealing-with-the-past-in-northern-gender-blind-by-andree-murphy/.  This is an argument for a concerted effort to make gender a specific and identifiable matter of concern within the Stormont House Agreement.…Continue reading Why is the debate on dealing with the past in Northern gender blind?

Could the NI Assembly legislate for the Haass ‘Historic Investigations Unit’?

November 2014 has witnessed some interesting statements. At a TJI conference the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, made it abundantly clear that the UK state cannot wash its hands of its Article 2 obligations by delegating them down to the devolved institutions and refusing to fund them.  The Lord Chief Justice,…Continue reading Could the NI Assembly legislate for the Haass ‘Historic Investigations Unit’?

Resourcing and Policing the Past in the North of Ireland

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP   There is now an emphasis in this jurisdiction that public sector finances will be directed toward Policing the Present and not Policing the Past. This was made clear in the financial statement of the Minister of Justice David…Continue reading Resourcing and Policing the Past in the North of Ireland

Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary Introduction In May Brice Dickson, Chair of the NI Policing Board’s Historical Enquiry Team (HET) Working Group, wrote to a number of interested parties…Continue reading Can HET be Article 2 Compliant? Questions for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary

Legal Aid and the Legacy: The Importance of Independence

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley. Christopher Stanley was formerly Legal Officer with Rights Watch (UK) and is now working at KRW LLP. The Legal Aid and Coroners’ Bill (LACB) is progressing through the legislative process of the Northern Ireland Assembly having been introduced by the Department of Justice…Continue reading Legal Aid and the Legacy: The Importance of Independence

Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better

Good Friday 1998 was a day of hope. After thirty years of violence, a new day seemed to be dawning as politicians embraced, then inked an agreement which held out the promise of lasting peace. As the Agreement turns sixteen, it is timely to check the politicians’ school report card to see if their implementation of the…Continue reading Good Friday Agreement at 16: politicians must do better