Friday, 26 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
The Foy Case
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Mental Health & Human Rights: Challenges for Law and Practice
Full details are available here
5.30 Registration; Tea/Coffee
• Welcome and Introduction: Professor Caroline Fennell, Dean of the Faculty and Head of the Department of Law, U.C.C.
• Seminar Chair: Dr. Edmond O'Dea, Chairman, Mental Health Commission
• Keynote address: Dr. Jimmy Devins, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Disability and Mental Health
• Dr. Darius Whelan (Faculty of Law, U.C.C.) - ‘European Human Rights Standards in the Mental Health Act 2001 and the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006’
This paper will discuss the compatibility of the Mental Health Act 2001 and the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006 with the European Convention on Human Rights. It will consider issues relating to the powers and structure of Mental Health Tribunals and the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board. The primary focus will be on Articles 5 and 6 of the ECHR and case-law such as Winterwerp v Netherlands, Johnson v UK and L.R. v France.
• Ms. Áine Hynes (Roger Greene & Sons, Solicitors, Dublin) - ‘The Mental Health Act 2001 in Practice: a Legal Representative’s Viewpoint’
• Dr. Mary Donnelly (Faculty of Law, U.C.C.) - ‘Treatment for Mental Disorders and Protection of Patients’ Rights’
This paper considers a range of human rights issues arising in the context of treatment for a mental disorder. Its focus is not just on patients who have been compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act 2001and who come under the treatment framework set out in the MHA but also on those patients in psychiatric facilities (the vast majority) whose treatment is not covered by the MHA and which, currently is subject to the most minimal legal oversight.
Trafficking of Women and Children in Ireland
The primary purpose of the Bill is to create offences criminalising trafficking in persons for the specific purposes of their sexual or labour exploitation or the removal of their organs and to provide severe penalties for anyone found guilty of committing the offences. The offences are in line with international norms….It also criminalises the selling or purchasing of human beings, both children and adults, for any purpose. The sale of children for the purpose of exploitation is a requirement of the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.In relation to children, the Bill complements the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 which already criminalises the trafficking (and organisation of trafficking) of children for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
A New LawBlog Relationship
Friday, 12 October 2007
Fellowships in Human Rights (IHRC)
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Carney J's Second Lecture
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Some Irish Prisons Unsafe
Guantánamo Bay News
Hunger Strike at the ICTR
Monday, 8 October 2007
Friday, 5 October 2007
Dublin Events of Interest
President McAleese on Immigration
This speech is particularly interesting in the context of the reform of our immigration laws by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill 2007, which lapsed upon the calling of the 2007 General Election outlined 21st century Ireland’s approach to the issue of migration and asylum. A new Bill seems likely to be brought forward within the New Year. There were a number of criticisms of the Scheme to the 2007 Bill from the Irish Refugee Council, Irish Human Rights Commission, CADIC and the CCJHR. This post was contributed by PhD candidate, Liam Thornton
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Pantameter 2: Police Action on Trafficking
There is particular emphasis on understanding the nature and extent of trafficking, the involvement of organised crime groups and attacking the assets of such groups....One of the strategic aims of UKP2 is to increase knowledge and understanding of all forms of human trafficking in the UK but also raise awareness of the issue....2007 marks the passage of 200 years since Parliament passed the Act to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire. In this bicentenary year, the Government has indicated a commitment to redoubling efforts to address this modern day form of slavery.