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

November 28, 2014

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, […]

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November 21, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Hugh Jordan’s application to quash the verdict of the Coroner in the inquest into the killings of son Patrick Pearse Jordan on 25 November 1992 by an […]

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Resourcing and Policing the Past in the North of Ireland

November 7, 2014

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 […]

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Mental illness and the death penalty

October 10, 2014

This winter will mark 53 years since the last use of capital punishment in Northern Ireland. On 20 December 1961 Robert McGladdery became the last man to be hanged in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol, for the murder of Pearl Gamble. The death penalty for murder was finally abolished in Northern Ireland on 25 July 1973. However, depending on […]

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Misleading, Vague and Baffling: The Conservative Human Rights Policy document

October 4, 2014

The policy statement (available on the BBC) includes some sensible opening comments recognising the important role of the European Convention on Human Rights. It then goes on to make numerous vague, tendentious or misleading statements in its ‘Case for Change’. According to the paper “The European Court of Human Rights has developed ‘mission creep’. Strasbourg adopts […]

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Hong Kong: the spirit of freedom

October 3, 2014

As far as the eye can see, young pro-democracy protestors have taken to the streets of central Hong Kong to demand the right to elect freely the next chief executive of the territory. The students’ speeches, songs and placards celebrate the freedoms they want to enjoy. Beijing has announced restrictions for the 2017 election – which […]

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Moazzam Begg: released without charge

October 2, 2014

Back in February, I wrote at this site about my concern on hearing of the arrest of Moazzam Begg, ex Guantanamo Bay detainee. I had listened to Moazzam speak about his experiences in Belfast in 2009 (my article reporting on his talk at St Mary’s College about his incarceration without charge post 9/11, originally written […]

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Attacking Islamic State vs protecting civilians in Syria?

September 26, 2014

With the start of US-led air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria this week, and Parliament due to vote today on British military action in neighbouring Iraq, attention is once again focused on the conflict which has cost so many lives since 2011. When G8 leaders met in Fermanagh last year, they committed themselves to helping to bring […]

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Clinical Legal Education as an Access to Justice Innovation

September 15, 2014

We are delighted to publish this from Dr Gráinne McKeever, Reader at the School of Law, Ulster and Associate Director of the Ulster Law Clinic. This was originally posted at on the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Imagine you got grant funding to develop an access to justice research agenda. Your grant application proposes the appointment […]

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