Victims’ rights on the island of Ireland

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Abstract

Victims of crime have historically suffered from obscurity: relegated to
serving the criminal justice system rather than having that system serve
their needs. This started to change on the island of Ireland in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and continued apace under the aegis of
the EU. Following the UK’s exit from the EU (Brexit), new opportunities and
challenges have emerged in this field. This paper, part of the ARINS project,
charts the emergence of victims of crime as a key focus of the criminal justice
systems on the island of Ireland, critically explores the protections afforded
to them within these systems, and outlines some emerging issues following
Brexit. It thus explores a comparatively under-discussed area in this context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-284
Number of pages28
JournalIrish Studies in International Affairs
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2023

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