UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference on her trip around Sri Lanka at the UN headquarters in Colombo on August 31st, 2013. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

The “appalling situation” in Syria cries out for international action, yet a military response or the continued supply of arms risk igniting a regiona(...)

Maeve O’Rourke (right) photographed at a Justice for Magdalenes press conference earlier this year with (from left) Mari Steed, Claire McGettrick and Katherine O’Donnell.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The only legal representative for the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ has been announced as the Family Law Awards 2013 Pro Bono Lawy(...)

Killer robots are seen as the next step on from drones, unmanned aerial vehicles intended initially for surveillance bu adapted for carrying out targeted killings. Pictures is an X-47B pilot-less drone combat aircraft flying over the aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters.

“Killer robots” that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be bann(...)

Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on executions, said there is reason to believe states will ‘seek to use lethal autonomous robotics for targeted killing’.

A United Nations human rights investigator has called for all states to declare a moratorium to prevent so-called “killer robots” being deploye(...)

Colm O’Gorman, executive director of Amnesty International. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland’s reputation for working to stop violence against women around the world is not replicated at home, Amnesty International has claimed. (...)

Professor Conor Gearty: “I was hostile to legalised human rights within the British debate.” photograph: dara mac dónaill

Today, he is one of the most ardent champions of the cause. Through his work as a lawyer, teacher and writer, he has become one of the subject’(...)

Ireland is at an important legal crossroads. New legislation determining legal capacity, or decision-making, is expected shortly. Get it right,(...)

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