Finucane: 25 years of waiting for the truth

February 12, 2014

Twenty-five years ago today, loyalist gunmen sledge-hammered their way into the Belfast home of lawyer Patrick Finucane and shot him dead in front of his wife and young children. Since then, compelling evidence has emerged to show that UK state agents were involved in the killing. Those who directed and took part in the attack […]

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Time to embrace Haass on ‘the past’

February 5, 2014

Standing on the shore at Newcastle during the recent tidal surges, I watched wave after wave crashing over the harbour wall. The wall, otherwise imposing on a clear day, seemed a puny human artifice as it was battered by the tide and overcome by the power of the stormy sea. Just so, with our past. […]

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UN Rapporteur Report Calls for North Belfast Housing Inequality to be tackled

February 3, 2014

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing today released the Report of her Official Mission to the UK. In the report, the Rapporteur Ms. Raquel Rolnik includes a section specifically on housing inequality that impacts the Catholic community in North Belfast, and calls for ‘concerted efforts’ to address the situation. Ms. Rolnik states: “In […]

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Opportunity: Venice Based Masters in Human Rights and Democraticisation

January 27, 2014

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is accepting applications for the 18th edition of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA). E.MA provides students with the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with leading scholars from 41 prestigious European Universities and renowned Human Rights experts, in the classroom […]

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PhD Funding opportunities

January 21, 2014

Queen’s University and the University of Ulster have both recently announced funding opportunities for persons interested in doing a PhD. Details of the QUB funding is available at Details of the Ulster funding is at Potential applicants are advised to consult the list of staff interests and to consult potential supervisors well in […]

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When does the EU Charter of Rights apply to private parties?

January 16, 2014

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Prof Steve Peers, University of Essex. This was originally posted at The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has further clarified the circumstances in which the EU’s Charter of Rights can be invoked against private parties. In Case C-176/12 Association de Mediation Sociale (AMS), trade […]

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Rights and Resources: Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations

January 16, 2014

This was originally posted on Human Rights in Ireland at How to manage resources so as to protect and promote rights?  How to protect basic human rights given the resource limitations that states face? These are questions that human rights activists and academics, but also governments and policymakers. They are questions which economic and […]

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The Haass / O’Sullivan Proposed Agreement on parades and flags: analysis from a human rights perspective

January 13, 2014

CAJ made two submissions to the Haass process. The first (S419) related to advocating a single mechanism to deal with the legacy of the conflict. The other sets of issues dealt with by the Panel of Parties, including “Flags, symbols, emblems and related matters” and dealing with parades and protests, were dealt with in a […]

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“North-South Irish Responses to Transnational Organised Crime”; Dissemination Conference; Friday 21st March 2014

January 7, 2014

The research team of the AHRC Project “North-South Irish Responses to Transnational Organised Crime” would like to invite you to our dissemination conference to be held at the University College Dublin on Friday, 21st March between 11 am and 4 p.m. The research team consists of Principal Investigator: Professor Tom Obokata, Research Fellow: Dr. Brian Payne, […]

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Legal Intern: Volunteer opportunity with Rights Watch UK

January 6, 2014

Start Date: October Job Title: Legal Intern Job Type: Part-time Duration: 3-4 Months Based: Belfast  Are you a law student or recent graduate interested in a career in human rights? Rights Watch (UK) is an award-winning NGO which uses advocacy, campaigning and strategic litigation to hold the UK government to account for human rights abuses […]

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