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ARINS Podcast 24: The Tapestry of International Human Rights Law in Ireland and Northern Ireland

06 July 2023

Profs. Kathryn McNeilly, and Aoife O’Donoghue from Queens University Belfast’s School of Law share their research examining legal equivalence in Human Rights law in Ireland and Northern Ireland with our host Rory Montgomery.

By exploring the convergence and divergence in institutional Human Rights arrangements Professors McNeilly and O’Donoghue share the significance of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement for Human Rights provision in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Particularly the importance of the Human Rights bodies north and south and the joint committee’s collaborative working methods in supporting co-operation across the two jurisdictions.

The authors explain how collaborative legal provision attempts to weather discretionary or “Henry VIII” challenges from domestic governments, such as the Bill of Rights Bill that sought to replace the Human Rights Act of 1998. Drawing on the wider international provisions and European Union (ECHR) Human Rights frameworks we learn how human rights law provisions in Ireland and Northern Ireland evolve and intersect.

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Kathryn McNeilly and Aoife O'Donoghue are both professors in the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.

McNeilly and O'Donoghue's article 'Mapping the Tapestry: National and International Human Rights Frameworks in Northern Ireland and Ireland':

About the series

This podcast series provides evidence-based research and analysis on the most significant questions of policy and public debate facing the island of Ireland, north and south. Host Rory Montgomery, MRIA, talks to authors of articles on topics such as cross border health co-operation; the need to regulate social media in referendums, education, cultural affairs and constitutional questions and the imperative for good data and the need to carry out impartial research. New episodes are released on the first Thursday of every month and can be found on our SoundCloud channel or any podcast platform.

About the project 

ARINS: Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South brings together experts to provide evidence-based research and analysis on the most significant questions of policy and public debate facing the island of Ireland, north and south. The project publishes, facilitates and disseminates research on the challenges and opportunities presented to the island in a post-Brexit context, with the intention of contributing to an informed public discourse. More information can be found at is external).

ARINS is a joint project of The Royal Irish Academy, an all-island body, and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs.

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