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High Court: Refugee Appeals Tribunal must reconsider application with a forward-looking assessment

A Darfuri refugee succeeded in his application for an order of certiorari quashing the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which had affirmed the recommendation of the Refugee Applications Commissioner that he should not be granted refugee status. The High Court found that the Tribunal had failed to carry out a forward-looking assessment of the implications of sending him back to Sudan, and ordered his application to be reconsidered.

Published 13 September 2016

High Court: Refugee Appeals Tribunal must reconsider application with a forward-looking assessment

A Darfuri refugee succeeded in his application for an order of certiorari quashing the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which had affirmed the recommendation of the Refugee Applications Commissioner that he should not be granted refugee status. The High Court found that the Tribunal had failed to carry out a forward-looking assessment of the implications of sending him back to Sudan, and ordered his application to be reconsidered.

Published 13 September 2016

New treaty establishes the Independent Reporting Commission

Ireland and Britain have agreed a treaty to establish an Independent Reporting Commission to oversee progress towards the end of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

Published 13 September 2016

Just a Minute: Ciarán Moynagh

This week Belfast solicitor advocate Ciarán Moynagh (pictured) takes part in our regular Just A Minute feature. (If you would like to take part, simply email newsdesk@irishlegal.com)

Published 13 September 2016

Visa fear driving post-Brexit demand for Irish passports

Continued Brexit uncertainty, which has led to an upsurge in applications from UK lawyers seeking accreditation with the Irish Law Society, is continuing to generate an unprecedented demand for Irish passports from UK citizens.

Published 13 September 2016

School-leaver wins legal apprenticeship with top international law firm Mayer Brown

An 18 year-old from Lurgan has become the first school leaver to be accepted for Mayer Brown’s ‘articled apprenticeship’ scheme.

Published 13 September 2016

UK: Lords Constitution Committee: ‘unwise’ to trigger Article 50 without Parliament

Following Prime Minister Theresa May’s comments last week that it was her prerogative to trigger Article 50 and that she would do so without a vote in Parliament, the House of Lords Constitution Committee has said that to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary involvement, whether by legislation or resolution, would be “unwise”.

Published 13 September 2016

Facebook loses legal bid over naked picture

A 14-year old Northern Irish girl will be allowed to sue Facebook for the repeated publication of a naked photograph of her in what she claims is misuse of private information, negligence and a breach of the Data Protection Act.

Published 13 September 2016

Quinlan switches teams

Former Irish international rugby player Dave Quinlan has joined London-based Fladgate from Pinsent Masons to boost the international firm’s sports business law offering.

Published 13 September 2016

UK Supreme Court Justice Lady Hale to deliver Belfast lecture

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom is to deliver the Law Centre (NI)'s annual Social Justice and Human Rights lecture next month.

Published 13 September 2016

Leave for judicial review of “On the Run” Scheme is refused

In the High Court in Belfast, Justice Maguire refused an application for leave to apply for judicial review of the Government’s “On the Run” scheme. The application for leave was rendered academic due to the outcome of the Hallett Review, and subsequent statements from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who emphasised that recipients of letters from the scheme should cease to rely on them.

Published 12 September 2016

Leave for judicial review of “On the Run” Scheme is refused

In the High Court in Belfast, Justice Maguire refused an application for leave to apply for judicial review of the Government’s “On the Run” scheme. The application for leave was rendered academic due to the outcome of the Hallett Review, and subsequent statements from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who emphasised that recipients of letters from the scheme should cease to rely on them.

Published 12 September 2016

Brexit case scheduled for Belfast High Court next month

Mr Justice Maguire has set aside October 4 and 5 to hear legal challenges to Brexit with campaigners and a cross-party group of MPs separately arguing that it would be unlawful to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without the approval of the UK Parliament.

Published 12 September 2016

Call for more clarity in appointment of judges

Following the publication of The Supreme Court, a new book by Irish Times legal journalist Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, the newspaper has today published an editorial recognising progress made in judicial ‘reshaping’ but calling for further reform to establish a judiciary to meet the requirements of the 21st century.

Published 12 September 2016

More details on Citizens’ Assembly emerge

Tender documents from the Department of the Taoiseach have revealed further information about the proposed Citizens' Assembly that will examine, among other things, the Eighth Amendment.

Published 12 September 2016