Northern Ireland



Northern Ireland marks opening of the new legal year

Northern Ireland's first woman chief justice, Dame Siobhan Keegan and the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, have marked the opening of the new legal year in Northern Ireland.

Published 8 September 2021

Northern Ireland: UK legacy proposals would ‘undermine the rule of law’

A group of human rights NGOs, academics and lawyers has warned that new legacy proposals from the UK government "would breach both international law and the domestic Human Rights Act, deliver impunity, bury truth recovery and fundamentally undermine the rule of law".

Published 18 June 2021

Northern Ireland: Mrs Justice Keegan first woman to become top judge

Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan has been appointed as Lady Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, becoming the first woman ever to hold the highest judicial position in Northern Ireland.

Published 17 June 2021

Academic project on Irish unity referendums urges need for ‘clear plan’ before vote

It would be highly unwise for referendums on the constitutional future of Northern Ireland to be called without a clear plan for what follows, a major 18-month research project has concluded.

Published 27 May 2021

Bar of Northern Ireland rejects ‘any amendments’ to Human Rights Act 1998

Any changes to the Human Rights Act 1998 could "significantly undermine Northern Ireland's unique constitutional settlement", The Bar of Northern Ireland has said.

Published 10 March 2021

Rights organisations urge Biden to help protect Good Friday Agreement

Human rights organisations have urged US president-elect Joe Biden to help protect the Good Friday Agreement as the UK reaches the end of the Brexit transition period.

Published 19 November 2020

Erosion of judicial review would have ‘particularly stark impact’ on Northern Ireland

An "erosion" of the judicial review court process would have a "particularly stark impact" in Northern Ireland, lawyers have warned.

Published 5 November 2020

Webinar: New family reunion rights may be relevant to people born in Northern Ireland

Rights groups in Northern Ireland and Scotland are joining together to organise a free webinar on changes to the UK’s rules on settled status for EU citizens.

Published 15 June 2020

Northern Ireland bar faces extinction without government support

Most Northern Ireland barristers will be unable to sustain their practice if there is no increase in court business or additional government support by September, a new survey suggests.

Published 11 May 2020

Faculty convener Belfast bound to talk Brexit

The convener of the Faculty of Advocates' International Committee, James Mure QC, will be one of the speakers at a conference in Northern Ireland to explore major constitutional law issues.

Published 6 August 2019

Lords committee regrets ‘constitutionally unacceptable’ fast-tracking of Northern Ireland legislation

The routine fast-tracking of legislation relating to Northern Ireland is "constitutionally unacceptable", a key Westminster committee has said.

Published 11 July 2019