The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland by Brice Dickson

The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland

byBrice Dickson

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This book provides the first comprehensive account of the role played by the European Convention on Human Rights during the conflict in Northern Ireland from 1968. Brice Dickson studies the effectiveness of the Convention in protecting human rights in a society wracked by terrorism and deeppolitical conflict, detailing the numerous applications lodged at Strasbourg relating to the conflict and considering how they were dealt with by the enforcement bodies. The book illustrates the limitations inherent in the Convention system but also demonstrates how the European Commission and Courtof Human Rights gradually developed a more interventionist approach to the applications emanating from Northern Ireland. In turn this allowed the Convention to become a more secure guarantor of basic rights and freedoms during times of extreme civil unrest and political turmoil elsewhere in Europe. The topics examined include the right to life, the right not to be ill-treated, the right to liberty, the right to a fair trial, the right to a private life, the right to freedom of belief, the right to freedom of expression, the right to freedom of assembly, and the right not to be discriminatedagainst. The book argues that, while eventually the European Court did use the applications from Northern Ireland to establish important human rights principles, their development was slow and arduous and some gaps in protection still remain. The book illustrates the limits of the EuropeanConvention as a tool for protecting human rights in times of crisis.

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Brice Dickson has been Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen's University Belfast since 2005. He served full-time as the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 1999 to 2005, a statutory body established as a result of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement of 1998. He is the author of se...
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Title:The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern IrelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:April 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199652341

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Introduction2. The Background to the Conflict and the Rights Discourse3. Early Fumblings with the Convention4. Internment and Restrictions on Movement5. Powers of Arrest6. Detention Pending Charge or Trial7. The Right Not to be Ill-treated8. The Right to a Fair Trial9. The Right to Life10. The Right to a Private and Family Life11. Freedom of Expression, Belief, and Assembly12. Freedom from Discrimination13. The Final PictureAppendix: Applications lodged in Strasbourg relating to the conflict in Northern Ireland