Irish medicine and the House of Saud

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 8 December]

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Human rights warning for universities operating overseas

Posted in Governance and administration on April 6th, 2016 by steve

UK“Universities that deliver transnational programmes in countries with dubious human rights records have been warned that they are putting more than their reputations at risk. Gearóid Ó Cuinn and Sigrun Skogly of Lancaster University Law School argue that institutions and accreditation agencies could potentially face legal challenges in their home countries if they do not use the course certification process to try to uphold human rights overseas …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 4 April]

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TUI motion on precarious and casualised work passed by ICTU’s biennial conference

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The following TUI motion on precarious and casualised work was passed by ICTU’s biennial conference on Wednesday. ‘Precarious and Casualised Work, Session 4: Public Services Motion 37: Congress notes that Article 25 of the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights, 1948 states that Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family …'” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 8 July]

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Lifelong learning as a human right

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2015 by steve

International“Higher education systems around the world have been undergoing dramatic changes over the past few generations. In fact, the changes have been so dramatic that one could argue we are experiencing an educational revolution that has impacted on every aspect of higher education …” (more)

[Patrick Blessinger, University World News, 13 March]

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European Court of Human Rights underused in Irish law – lecturer

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Conor O’Mahony says Louise O’Keeffe’s victory helped highlight importance of ECHR. Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish legal system and Irish lawyers should make more use of ECHR judgments in domestic courts, a leading law lecturer has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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The attempt to make Trinity an apartheid-free campus

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Ciarán O’Rourke, TCD graduate and leader of the recently launched, Apartheid Free TCD, campaign wants a campus with a long history of taking a stance against apartheid to take the final step …” (more)

[Áine O’Connell, Campus.ie, 23 October]

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Irish medical college in Bahrain inspected for abuses

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 18th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“An Irish Medical Council delegation has visited the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) campus in Bahrain, following criticism from human rights groups about alleged abuses in the country’s medical facilities …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 18 October]

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Leading academic ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Bruton’s human rights stance

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“A leading human rights academic has said he is ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton’s assertion that trade missions are ‘not the place to raise human rights’ …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Academic freedom in Bahrain

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – Prof Damian McCormack (July 1st ) refers to the National University of Ireland as an organ of the State. It is not. It is an independent statutory body and has been so since its foundation in 1908 …” (more)

[Maurice Manning, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Ceartas urges Irish Medical Council not to accredit Bahrain facility linked to rights abuses

Posted in Legal issues on June 3rd, 2013 by steve

“The proximity of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to human rights violations committed by the Bahraini authorities have presented numerous challenges for this medical institution …” (more)

[Human Rights in Ireland, 3 June]

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Higher education and restricted access

Posted in Legal issues on April 4th, 2013 by steve

EU“What kind of restrictions can higher education institutions permissibly impose on prospective students? Clearly academic achievement must be one. But is it permissible to combine academic achievement with an overall cap on the number of places available for a particular course? …” (more)

[11KBW Education Law Blog, 4 April]

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Beijing-Dublin venture leaves questions unanswered

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 10th, 2012 by steve

“The Chinese government has, this month, given approval to UCD’s International College in Beijing. The venture, which is being undertaken by UCD and Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), follows a proposal by UCD first mooted after the twinning of Dublin and Beijing in July 2011 …” (more)

[James Grannell, College Tribune, 9 October]

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NUI draft charter on human rights welcomed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2012 by steve

“Amnesty International has welcomed the drawing up of a draft charter for human rights and code of conduct by the National University of Ireland (NUI) for Irish third-level institutions operating in countries with poor human rights records …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Why Bahraini human rights matter in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on May 8th, 2012 by steve

“Controversy over the involvement of Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons in Bahrain has prompted new guidelines on human rights for third-level colleges with operations abroad …” (more)

[Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, 8 May]

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Strasbourg Case Law: Gillberg v. Sweden, Criminal conviction for refusal to give access to research files, no violation of Convention

Posted in Legal issues on April 15th, 2012 by steve

“In its decision in Gillberg v Sweden the Grand Chamber of the European Court has, more firmly than the 2010 judgment of the Third Section, confirmed that Swedish professor, Christopher Gillberg could not rely on his right of privacy under Article 8, nor on his (negative) right to freedom of expression and information under Article 10 of the Convention to justify his refusal to give access to research material …” (more)

[Dirk Voorhoof and Rónán Ó Fathaigh, Inforrm’s Blog, 14 April]

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Resource Allocation Revisited: Higher Education Fees and the Courts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2012 by steve

“Judges in England and Wales have long been sensitive of the boundaries of their authority under the Judicial Review jurisdiction. Lord Hope recently sought to highlight the limits of the judicial role in the Axa Insurance (2011) case, by contrasting it with the focus of Parliament …” (more)

[Colin Murray, Human Rights in Ireland, 20 February]

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Is it legal to teach gay hate in schools?

Posted in Legal issues on February 19th, 2012 by steve

“Following the news recently it would seem that the UK is convulsed by a raging battle between religious observers and, in the words of Baroness Warsi, militant secularists. On the same day, the High Court ruled that Christian prayers held before a council meeting were unlawful …” (more)

[Adam Wagner, UK Human Rights Blog, 19 February]

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Students challenge higher university fees in UK courts

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on November 2nd, 2011 by steve

“The UK Government was accused in the High Court today of unlawfully erecting ‘a barrier to access to higher education’ by planning too high an increase in university tuition fees …” (more)

[John Aston, Independent, 1 November]

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Legal challenge to student tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on October 13th, 2011 by steve

“Phil Shiner at Public Interest Lawyers is launching a legal challenge against £9,000 university tuition fees on human rights grounds, as he explained to the Politics Show‘s Patrick Burns.” (video)

[BBC News, 13 October]

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Scottish university fees: a breach of human rights law?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 25th, 2011 by steve

“It has been reported that Public Interest Lawyers, a firm of solicitors based in Birmingham, is launching a challenge to the decision of the Scottish government to impose tuition charges on students in Scottish universities who are ordinarily domiciled in England …” (more)

[Geoffrey Bindman, Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25 August]

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