Latest Publication: “Counter-Terrorist Detention and International Human Rights Law”

57938800I am delighted to see that Ben Saul (ed), Research Handbook on Terrorism and International Law (Edward Elgar) has now been published. This impressive collection covers the widest imaginable range of topics within its broad scope, and includes a chapter by me on counter-terrorist detention and human rights law. A pre-print of the chapter is available on SSRN, and the abstract is below.

In this chapter I consider the compatibility of counter-terrorist detention with international human rights law from the starting point that what is protected in international law is not a right to be free from detention per se but rather a right to be free from the arbitrary deprivation of one’s liberty. This is clearly rooted in international human rights law, which is the main focus of this chapter (acknowledging that it interacts with international humanitarian law in situations of armed conflict).

The chapter demonstrates that counter-terrorist detention can be compatible with the standards of international human rights law as they have been interpreted and applied in the past decade, but that in the process of such interpretation and application those standards have at times been diluted to a worrying extent.

Two Calls for Participation: IYIL and Emergencies

ImageTwo projects I am involved in are inviting participants at present: the 2013 issue of the Irish Yearbook of International Law, which I co-edit with Prof. Siobhan Mullally in UCC, and an interdisciplinary conversation about ‘The (In)Adequacy of the Emergency Paradigm’. Continue reading “Two Calls for Participation: IYIL and Emergencies”

Newstalk Interview on the ECHR

On Sunday September 8th Newstalk’s ‘World in Motion’ featured a long interview with me on the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, reflecting on its 60 years of operation. The interview, which ranged from the institutional architecture of the Court, to Ireland’s engagement with it, and its current challeges vis-a-vis Russia and the UK, is about 30 minutes in duration and has been captured by Anya Palmer on soundcloud here.

Irish Yearbook of International Law 2011 (2013): Now Published

I am delighted that the 2011 edition, which is the 6th volume, of the Irish Yearbook of International Law co-edited by Siobhán Mullally and me and published by Hart with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and A&L Goodbody Solicitors, has now been published. This volume features a symposium on climate justice, including an essay from Mary Robinson, as well as shorter articles, book reviews, and a documents section. It also features reflections from former colleagues on the work of the late Kevin Boyle. The full TOC is below the fold, and the volume can be ordered by your libraries through Hart or Amazon. Continue reading “Irish Yearbook of International Law 2011 (2013): Now Published”