Dr Lauren Kierans has co-authored an article with Prof Kate Kenny of NUI Galway for RTÉ Brainstorm entitled, ‘Can organisations be kept honest during the pandemic?’.
This article explores the necessity to support genuine whistleblowers to play a vital role in stopping organisations engaging in fraud and wrongdoing during Covid-19. It highlights the deficiencies of the legal protection for whistleblowers under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and examines the potential for improvement when the EU Whistleblowers Directive is transposed into national law by December 2021.
Date: Wednesday, 03 June 2020
Professor Tobias Lock was interviewed on the Pat Kenny Show on 2 June about the ongoing Brexit negotiations
He discussed the prospects of the talks failing and what the key areas of disagreement are right now. You can listen back to the interview at https://www.newstalk.com/listen-back (ca. 50 minutes into the show).
Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
A book on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, edited by staff members of the Department (Dr Noelle Higgins, Dr Amina Adanan, Dr David Doyle and Prof Michael Doherty) has just been published by Clarus Press.
The volume, entitled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Seventy: A Review of Successes and Challenges’ is an outcome of a successful conference marking the 70th anniversary of the UDHR organised by the Department. It contains contributions from academics and practitioners in the field of human rights from Ireland and abroad, including staff and doctoral students of the Department
Date: Friday, 29 May 2020
'The Protection of Cultural Heritage During Armed Conflict' a book by Dr Noelle Higgins has been published
This book analyses the current legal framework seeking to protect cultural heritage during armed conflict and discusses proposed and emerging paradigms for its better protection. Cultural heritage has always been a victim of conflict, with monuments and artefacts frequently destroyed as collateral damage in wars throughout history
Date: Thursday, 28 May 2020
Clíodhna Murphy and Desmond Ryan have published an analysis piece in Public Law. In "Work, dignity and non-citizens: reflections from the Irish constitutional order" (2020) 1 Public Law they examine the judgment of the Irish Supreme Court in NHV v Minister for Justice and Equality  IESC 35. The potential implications of the judgment for the ambit of non-citizens’ fundamental rights and the recognition and protection of dignity interests of workers in the course of their working lives are considered in detail.
Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
John Reynolds has an essay in a new book just published by Zed Books on Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel
John's chapter is on 'Colonial Apologism and the Politics of Academic Freedom'. The book is available in paperback from the Zed website.
Date: Monday, 25 May 2020
PhD candidate, Ethan Shattock, has won the jury prize for the Dublin Law and Politics Review's writing competition
PhD candidate, Ethan Shattock, has won the jury prize for the Dublin Law and Politics Review's writing competition. The DLPR is an interdisciplinary network organised at the school of law and governance at Dublin City University (DCU). The article was entitled "Rights Based Principles: Protecting Free Elections and Free Expression in Irish Policy Responses to Fake News Online." The writing competition followed a conference Ethan attended and presented at in March 2019. The conference, also organised by the DLPR, was the first conference Ethan presented at, and was entitled, "transparency and accountability in law and governance."
Date: Friday, 22 May 2020
The 1st Annual Round Table Discussion of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence Irish Chapter took place in Maynooth University
Members of the Court Service, The Judiciary, The Probation Service, An Garda Síochána, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Mental Health Lawyers Association, the ACJRD, the ICJDN, interested scholars and practitioners gathered to discuss the following: ‘Is there a Place for Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Irish Criminal Justice System?’ The discussion was facilitated by Dr Etain Quigley, Maynooth University and Dr Blánaid Gavin, University College Dublin.
Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020
On 13 May 2020, Ian published his latest article in the Contemporary Justice Review. The article reports the key findings from his Ph.D. research. It explores ongoing attempts to mainstream restorative justice within two English police forces and examines how the police understood and used restorative justice in practice.
Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Dr Edana Richardson and Dr Aisling McMahon publish RTÉ Brainstorm article on social bonds and Covid-19
Dr Edana Richardson and Dr Aisling McMahon published an article on RTÉ Brainstorm entitled “Are social bonds an option for Ireland's coronavirus recovery?”. This article considers whether social bonds, whose issue proceeds are directed towards the funding of a particular social issue or to achieve positive social outcomes, could be used to raise some of the capital that Ireland will need to fund its Covid-19 response. This article discusses whether, in addition to financial considerations, the Irish Government should consider its social obligations to provide the population with accessible healthcare and to support vulnerable and impoverished groups.
Date: Tuesday, 19 May 2020