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Events exploring the legal issues of the Referendum Debate


The Irish Referendum on the repeal of the 8th Amendment is in two and a half weeks. To contextualize this significant occasion, the QUB School of Law held two events to explore some of the most pressing legal issues arising around reproductive rights in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Meet the Author – Repealing the 8th

May 8th 1:30 – 3pmA fascinating and searingly relevant conversation with Dr. Mairead Enright, one of the co-authors of Repealing the 8th. Dr Enright spoke about the impetus behind her new book, summarized the main arguments and discussed some of the challenges of being a feminist scholar in the context of the referendum.

Irish Studies Seminar: Katheryn McNeilly and Mairead Enright

May 8th – 4:30 – 6pmIn a talk hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies on the reform of abortion law in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the law school’s Dr Kathryn McNeilly spoke about reproductive rights in the Northern Irish context with a focus on how human rights discourse can help to improve these rights. Dr McNeilly was joined by Dr. Mairead Enright from Birmingham University who reflected on the role of women’s narratives in the Repeal the 8th Referendum.