Human rights in Northern Ireland 2012

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In 2012 there was a relative dearth of new legislation explicitly protecting human rights in Northern Ireland, but there was a good deal of litigation in which the finer points of existing legislation and common law were teased out in court judgments. This was particularly so as regards the right to life, the right to a fair trial and the right to a private and family life. Applications for judicial review raising human rights arguments abounded, many of them relating to issues arising out of the troubles. In addition, various statutory organisations (such as the Human Rights and Equality Commissions) and civil society groups (such as the Committee on the Administration of Justice and the Rainbow Project) continued their valuable work in promoting human rights awareness. There remains a very vibrant human rights ‘community’ in Northern Ireland. Such is the extent of the relevant developments that there has not been sufficient room in this report to mention all contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBliainiris Éireannach an dlí idirnáisiúnta / The Irish yearbook of international law
EditorsFiona de Londras, Siobhán Mullaly
PublisherHart Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781474201261
ISBN (Print)9781849466295
Publication statusPublished - 04 Dec 2014

Publication series

NameIrish Yearbook of International Law
Volume7 (2012)
ISSN (Print)1757-8108


  • Human rights
  • Northern Ireland


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