Conor Gearty – The British constitution, Brexit and human rights

The flexibility of the British constitution, once thought to be such a strength, has played a large part in destroying the country. In this edited version of a recent lecture delivered in Cambridge, Professor Conor Gearty (LSE) explains why he now believes more than ever that only the experience of no-deal will bring Britain to its senses.

Published 5 July 2019

Adverse possession – new law in landmark decision

The long standing test concerning the legal possession of land has been challenged in the landmark case of Thorpe v Frank [2019] EWCA Civ 150, writes Stuart Nevin, associate, A&L Goodbody.

Published 4 July 2019

Paul Anthony McDermott SC: Is honesty the best policy?

Barrister Paul Anthony McDermott SC comments on changes to the perjury regime.

Published 28 June 2019

Olivia O'Kane – Why do journalists protect the identity of their sources?

Olivia O'Kane explains why journalists must be able to protect the identities of their sources

Published 26 June 2019

Denise Kirwan: Victims of crime – protections for child complainants

The Victims of Crime Act 2017 transposes Directive 2012/29EU into Irish law and defines a victim as “a natural person who suffered harm including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by an offence”. Denise Kirwan, a partner in child and family law at Comyn Kelleher Tobin details the essentials of the legislation.

Published 26 June 2019

Andrea Martin: Can social media firms really regulate themselves?

Andrea Martin comments on social media regulation in the wake of the Ana Kriegel case.

Published 24 June 2019

Andrew Kirke: Uncle Sam and the red dragon

After increasingly positive noises around a potential trade deal between the USA and China (even the exchange of “beautiful letters” between presidents), recent weeks have seen both sides double down, levying increased tariffs in what many are now describing as a renewed trade war, writes Andrew Kirke.

Published 21 June 2019

Blog: Seek and Destroy - Hosting providers’ obligations to track down illegal content may be extended by European Court

Tina English and Lee O'Donovan look at a recent opinion from the European Court on the scope of 'takedown orders' imposed on host providers.

Published 21 June 2019

Andrew Kirke: Unlucky 13 – does the copyright directive spell the end for memes?

Andrew Kirke considers the controversial Copyright Directive, designed to control how copyrighted content is shared on online platforms.

Published 20 June 2019

Rossa McMahon: The issue of fraud is exaggerated by the insurance industry

Rossa McMahon, solicitor at PG McMahon Solicitors, responds to recent comments about personal injury claims and the impact on insurance costs.

Published 18 June 2019

Pat Daly: It is time to abandon the farce of settling cases without an admission of liability

Pat Daly, partner at Cantillons Solicitors in Cork, writes on settlements without admission of liability in medical negligence cases.

Published 18 June 2019

Dr Eoin Daly and Dr David Kenny: Government blocking of legislation is constitutionally dubious

Dr Eoin Daly, lecturer in law at NUI Galway, and Dr David Kenny, assistant professor of law at Trinity College Dublin, examine the Government's use of the "money message" to control legislation.

Published 14 June 2019

Irish Legal Heritage: A bigamist’s mixed-marriage declared null and void

On 15 August 1857, Maria Theresa Longworth and Major William Charles Yelverton got married in a Catholic Church near Rostrevor. They had previously married in Edinburgh on or about 13 April 1857 according to Scottish law; however, Theresa refused to cohabit with Major Yelverton until they were married according to her own Catholic religion.

Published 14 June 2019

Dr Eoin Guilfoyle: Before sentencing guidelines, we need sentencing information

Dr Eoin Guilfoyle, teaching associate in law at University of Bristol Law School, considers proposals to introduce sentencing guidelines in Ireland.

Published 12 June 2019

Dr Kevin Sweeney: The right to information in criminal proceedings

Dr Kevin Sweeney, author of Arrest, Detention and Questioning: Law and Practice, explores the law in Ireland and the EU on access to information in criminal proceedings in his article for Irish Legal News.

Published 10 June 2019