Editorial Board

Direct Provision – the Magdalene Laundries of the 21st Century?

Direct Provision – the Magdalene Laundries of the 21st Century?

Paul Carey - JF Law and French | TCLR Junior Editorial Board

In the past few weeks, the issue of Direct Provision has been discussed at length in light of the recent case of C.A. & T.A. v The Minister of Justice and others. Many were shocked and dismayed upon learning of the High Court ruling that Direct Provision does not breach human rights.

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The Justiciablity of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights

The Justiciablity of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights

Alastair Richardson - JF Law and French | TCLR Junior Editorial Board

‘Simply stated, universality of human rights means that human rights must be the same everywhere and for everyone…Human rights are indivisible. This means that civil and political rights, on the one hand, and economic, social and cultural rights, on the other, must be treated equally…We must not be selective, for these rights are interrelated and interdependent…Universality is, in fact, the essence of human rights: all people are bound to observe them, all state and civil actors should defend them. The goal is nothing less than all human rights for all.’

Since a government promise to include the issue of constitutionally protected social, economic and cultural [ESC] rights on the agenda of the constitutional convention, there has been a considerable amount of legal commentary on the issue.

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Courting High Drama: Our Day with Ian Bailey

Courting High Drama: Our Day with Ian Bailey

Caoilfhionn Sheil - JF Law | TCLR Junior Editorial Board

When it came to deciding what scintillating legal issue I would write about for this blog, a few different ideas came to mind. One was the concept of Dáil Privilege, recently brought into the public arena by Mary Lou McDonald TD regarding the Ansbacher accounts scandal. Another was the unenumerated rights doctrine; particularly the vague ideology behind the notion of ‘natural law’- how could the courts use this philosophy as justification for deciding cases when the logic behind so called ‘natural law’ varies in the eye of each person? However as I pondered these ideas, the media began to spout information about a case that was sure to capture the imagination of the public- Ian Bailey, ‘back for revenge’. So I decided to attend the High Court and write about my observations.

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Editor-in-Chief’s Welcome

Editor-in-Chief's Welcome

Caoimhe Stafford

At a time when people are striving more and more for instant gratification, for greater rewards for less work, for better information at a faster rate, the traditional law review seems to staunchly ignore these desires. As they rightly should, our articles remain rather long, representing months of research and containing high levels of analysis.

While the traditional law review should not bow to demands for more explanation by way of gifs, there is certainly room for another platform that will complement the work of law reviews. I believe that this new blog, and others like it, provides the most accessible platform for brief digests of legal news and concise opinion pieces. The aim of promoting legal discourse remains the same: it is simply the means that has adapted to suit the modern world.

In introducing the latest endeavour of the Trinity College Law Review, I am indebted to our Junior Editorial Board Coordinator, Feidhlim Mac Róibín, and our PRO, Martha Davis, for their commitment and enlightened approach to this project.  I would also sincerely like to thank Professor Eoin O'Dell for his helpful advice and encouragement. I think it is fitting that the primary contributors to this blog will be our Junior Editorial Board, as they are best placed to provide truly fresh insights into old ideas.
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