Reverse burdens of proof and Unexplained Wealth Orders Sean Molloy, Lecturer in Law, Northumbria University

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

CONFERENCE: Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict

  On Wednesday 13 November 2013 the Human Rights Centre, School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast are hosting a one day conference entitled ‘Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict’. It is open to anyone interested in conflict studies, politics, international relations, human rights, international law, justice and transitional justice.   SPEAKERS…Continue reading CONFERENCE: Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict

Mightier than the Sword: Journalism, Freedom of Expression and Power

“The Journalist who gives in to intimidation, who becomes obedient, has already lost the fight for that right (to freedom of expression)” Eynulla Fatullayev (2011) It’s a clichéd phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword”, but its message is typified in the work of Amnesty International’s decades-long letter/email-writing campaigns for human rights champions. Friday…Continue reading Mightier than the Sword: Journalism, Freedom of Expression and Power

A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System

We welcome today’s guest post by Sharon Whittaker, Communications Worker at Include Youth.  Include Youth is an independent organisation which actively promotes the rights, best interests of and best practice with young people at risk. A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System Young people involved with Include Youth’s Young Voices project met with Thomas Hammarberg,…Continue reading A Child Rights compliant Youth Justice System