Naomi Long- the Minister for Justice- has recently reaffirmed her intention to introduce Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO) in Northern Ireland (NI). The Independent Reporting Commission (IRC) called for the move last November in a report which said the additional powers would help law enforcement tackle paramilitarism and organised crime. This would seem, to most, a…Continue reading Reverse burdens of proof and Unexplained Wealth Orders Sean Molloy, Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University
Since the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, there have been a number of alternative proposals to deal with the legacy of the Northern Ireland conflict recently examined in a report by the CAJ-QUB Model Bill Team. Many of these came from groupings seeking various forms of amnesty or ‘statutes of limitations’ for the security forces, specifically…Continue reading One rule for the military, another for the rest? Special courts and hiding accountability in Colombia Daniela Castillo, Volunteer for CAJ and Master’s Student at TJI
Today saw the launch of the programme for the 2014 Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival (NIHRF). The festival, which will take place from 8-13 December, consists of a series of events on a range of human rights issues from home and abroad in celebration of International Human Rights Day on 10 December . All events…Continue reading Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival Programme Launched!
We welcome this guest post by Brian Gormally, Director of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) www.caj.org.uk Why human rights in Northern Ireland are still internationally important The significance of the conflict Over 3,600 people died out of a population (in the North) of about 1.5 million. If that figure is extrapolated to…Continue reading Why human rights in Northern Ireland are still internationally important
In the early 1980s numerous trials were held in which the main evidence against a defendant accussed of paramilitary crimes was from another member of the same paramilitary organisation. The evidence of Christopher Black led to 22 members of the Provisional IRA being convicted of a range of offences. There was no other evidence in the case…Continue reading Return of the Supergrass
This post comes from David O’Dwyer, a PhD student at the University of Limerick, funded by the IRCHSS, who is conducting a human rights analysis of the growing phenomenon of DNA Databases. Here David considers recent proposals for the Northern Ireland database. In March 2011, the Northern Ireland Department of Justice released a Consultation on…Continue reading Northern Ireland’s DNA Database Proposals: A Risk or Rights Based Approach
Two weeks ago I blogged about the legal aid row in Northern Ireland and how so few solicitors were willing to provide their services under the new payment arrangements introduced by Minister for Justice, David Ford. Just to follow up, it appears that through negotiations between the Law Society and the Department of Justice, this…Continue reading Legal aid dispute: UPDATE