The UN Charter as a “living document”

Colm Ó Néill*   Introduction   When Kofi Annan stated in his 1999 Annual Report to the General Assembly that the UN Charter is a “living document, whose high principles still define the aspirations of peoples everywhere for lives of peace, dignity and development”[1], he perhaps unknowingly highlighted the idiosyncrasy of the Charter: a hybrid[…]


“I’m Still Standing”

DÁIRE MCMULLIN* The development of citizen environmental action in Ireland has constantly been beset by procedural problems. The modern zeitgeist of access to justice has led to fundamental changes to the rules of standing in the adjudication of environmental matters. The standard recourse for citizen led environmental litigation in Ireland is through judicial review of[…]


Citizen’s Assembly

Hilary Hogan The Citizens’ Assembly is comprised of ninety-nine members of the public, led by a judge, tasked with making suggestions for the reform of aspects of Irish law and policy. The first of those issues for consideration is the Eighth Amendment, the provision which has lead to  limiting abortion procedures in Ireland to cases[…]


‘Let Them Eat Cake?’

Caroline Murphy The much anticipated decision handed down in Lee v Ashers Bakery Co Ltd was for some, viewed as delivering a slice of sweet justice to the gay rights movement. However, for many, the so-called ‘Gay Cake’ case left a bitter aftertaste. This blog post will explore the legal impact of this controversial judgment;[…]

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‘There’s no place like home’

Paul McDonagh-Forde This article concerns recent developments in Irish law on constitutional protections of information; specifically, information that is transmitted from, or originates in, the home. This is not a conventional article on Article 40.5’s protections of the dwelling, but is rather a specific critique of its capacity to have the role suggested by Hogan[…]