Inaugural Lecture now Online

In June I delivered my inaugural lecture, entitled “Counter-Terrorism Everywhere”, in Hatfield College, one of the sixteen colleges at the University of Durham. The lecture was part of the University’s public Inaugural Lecture Series. Part of the publicness of the series is the commitment to making these lectures available for all to see, and so the recording of the lecture has now been posted on the Durham University YouTube channel and the University site that hosts all the of videos of the inaugural lectures. The lecture can be viewed here.


Application for Snowden Warrant fails in Dublin: What next?

This afternoon in the High Court an application for a provisional arrest warrant for Edward Snowden under the Extradition Act 1965 was refused. There is no particularly spectacular basis for the refusal. In a short judgment, Mac Eochaidh J. held that one of the requirements of s. 27 of the 1965 Act–that the location of the alleged offence be specified in the request–was simply not fulfilled. As there was a period of time when Mr Snowden was outside of the United States after he last accessed the NSA but before the first publication it was not clear that the offences alleged had been committed in the USA. One imagines that, provided the United States knows where the offences were committed, the application will be resubmitted. Thus it is germane to think a little about what the provisional arrest warrant under s. 27 means. Continue reading “Application for Snowden Warrant fails in Dublin: What next?”

Savage Sunday, Today FM July 7th

I will be appearing on Savage Sunday on Today FM on Sunday July 7th to be part of a panel reviewing the news of the past week and the Sunday papers. The segment will run from approximately 11.10 am to noon. Irish listeners can tune in on 100-102 FM; people outside of Ireland can listen live on the Today FM website.

Update: The podcast is now here, and my segment is from about 21 minutes onwards.

The ECHR Act 2003: Declarations of Incompatibility

On Saturday June 29th I spoke at UCD Human Rights Network’s conference on Ireland the ECHR: 60 Years and Beyond. My paper related to the declaration of incompatibilty in Ireland under s. 5 of the ECHR Act 2003, which I characterised in the paper as a remedy that fits awkwardly within the Irish constitutional and public law structure. The abstract for my paper is below and you can view the powerpoint here: UCDECHR FdL. Continue reading “The ECHR Act 2003: Declarations of Incompatibility”