Tag Archives: Northern Ireland

On The Title Of Northern Ireland’s Chief Judge

Dame Siobhan Keegan took office today as Northern Ireland’s chief judge and there has been some debate on Twitter over her decision to style herself ‘Lady Chief Justice’ rather than ‘Lord Chief Justice.’ ‘Lord Chief Justice’ is the statutory form … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland, Westminster, And The Question Of Abortion

Ireland’s move to broaden access to abortion has placed Theresa May in an incredibly awkward position. Currently, Northern Ireland has the most restrictive abortion laws of any jurisdiction within the United Kingdom,[1] and many have argued that the events in … Continue reading

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Sir Seamus Treacy, The Privy Council, And Northern Ireland

Tucked away in the list of orders approved at the April 24 meeting of the Privy Council is a curious entry: It is this day ordered by Her Majesty in Council that the name of Sir Seamus Treacy be removed … Continue reading

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What’s Happening In Northern Ireland?

  Devolved government in Northern Ireland has been dealt a major setback today when Sinn Fein announced that they wouldn’t nominate a new deputy First Minister following Martin McGuinness’ resignation last week. McGuinness resigned over a renewable energy scheme championed by First Minister … Continue reading

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What is the Barnett Formula?

The Barnett Formula has been getting a lot of airtime today as politicians and pundits discuss the future of the British constitution. So what is it, and why is it controversial? The Barnett Formula is the method used to distribute public … Continue reading

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Rewriting the Constitution on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

Gordon Brown is a man on a mission: he wants to save the Union. In order to achieve that goal, he has outlined a twelve-point plan that would see additional powers devolved to Edinburgh. But it would also entrench the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Boston College, Northern Ireland, and a Big Legal-Historical Clusterf*ck

Editor’s Note: in today’s guest post, we will be taking a detour across the Irish Sea as Dr. Laura Weinstein discusses a thorny legal issue that led to the arrest of Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. At the end of April, the … Continue reading

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