The Good Friday Agreement and a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

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For over twenty years people from all communities have participated in a Bill of Rights process arising from the Good Friday Agreement. The Agreement created an expectation that a new human rights framework would emerge. But it did not happen. Colin Harvey discusses the desire for human rights promises to be kept.

Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. He is a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies. He has served as Head of the Law School at Queen’s. Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds.  Professor Harvey has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught on the George Washington University – Oxford University Summer School in International Human Rights Law, and on the international human rights programme at the University of Oxford. He served two terms as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, is the General Editor of Human Rights Law in Perspective (Hart-Bloomsbury) and is on the editorial boards of Human Rights Law Review and European Human Rights Law Review. He has written and taught extensively on human rights and constitutional law.

Further information about his work is available here: https://go.qub.ac.uk/charvey

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