Brexit, the Withdrawal Agreement, and a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland Guest post by Dr Amanda Kramer of BrexitLawNI

Concerns surrounding the impact of Brexit on human rights and Northern Ireland have featured prominently in ongoing Brexit debates, media coverage of Brexit, and the Brexit negotiations themselves. It is well known that NI is the region of the UK most likely to be negatively affected by leaving the EU – with potential consequences for […]

RightsNI gets a makeover

There is a renewed commitment to the RightsNI Blog, CAJ and Amnesty set the blog up to be a source of information sharing and awareness on all the diverse topics within human rights, equality and non discrimination. The areas covered in the blog range from LGBT rights, gender equality and disability rights to name a […]

The High Court quashes the decision of the PSNI not to investigate in the case of the Hooded Men

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Fidelma O’Hagan, Committee on the Administration of Justice. Fidelma can be reached at fidelma@caj.org.uk.  On 27 October 2017, Mr Justice Maguire handed down judgment in favour of the applicants, Mary McKenna and Francis McGuigan, and quashed the 2014 PSNI decision to not progress an investigation to […]

Launching the Autumn/Winter Issue of the Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on SSRN

We are delighted to share this guest post by Dr Catherine O’Rourke and Elise Ketelaars. They can be reached at cf.orourke@ulster.ac.uk. This post was originally posted on intlawgrlls. We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on the Social Sciences Research Network. This […]

Equality of Citizenship after Brexit

We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally. Brian Gormally is Director of CAJ and part of the BrexitLawNI project looking at the human rights and constitutional implications of Brexit.   The Agreement creates equality of citizenship The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (BGFA), in addition to being approved by referenda, North and South, was […]

In the wake of recent elections, an NI Bill of Rights is needed now more than ever.

This piece is the work of the QUB Human Rights Student Working Group, consisting of Leo McSweeney, Leah Rea, Mansoreh Abolhassani and Laura Garland. They can be reached at lmcsweeney01@qub.ac.uk. They  thank Prof Colin Harvey for his advice and support. Recent years in the UK have resulted in enhanced political instability, with many elections and the EU […]

Brexit, Northern Ireland and Human Rights

We are delighted to welcome this guest post from Prof Colin Harvey, QUB School of Law. This is the text of Colin Harvey’s written opening statement to the Seanad Special Select Committee on the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union, 27 April 2017   Introduction Thank you Chair and Committee members for the invitation to attend […]

The UPR Examination of the UK – 4 May 2017

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from Helen Flynn, Campaigns and Membership Officer with the Human Rights Consortium. This is a crosspost from http://www.humanrightsconsortium.org/upr-examination-uk-4-may-2017/  On Thursday 4 May the UK had to defend its human rights record before other Member States of the UN. The UK was grilled on a diverse range of issues including […]

Launching the April Issue of the Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on the Social Sciences Research Network

We are pleased to welcome this guest post from  Catherine O’Rourke and Elise Ketelaars (Ulster University). They can be reached at cf.orourke@ulster.ac.uk. We are pleased to announce the publication of a new issue of the Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper Series on the Social Sciences Research Network. This exciting new issue engages both with highly-topical contemporary […]