Political prisoners have long played a central – and controversial – role in the Northern Ireland peace process. From their early release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 through to a recent debate about a de facto immunity for ‘on the runs’, they have raised difficult questions about the out-workings of peace in post- conflict Northern Ireland. This lecture considers those questions on the basis of public law principles and considers how far ‘law’ has been overtaken by ‘politics’.
Gordon Anthony is Professor of Public Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Professor Anthony is a member of the Conseil’ d’Orientation de la Chaire Mutations de l’Action Publique et du Droit Public, Sciences Po, of the European Group of Public Law, Athens, Greece, where is he is Director of the Academy of European Public Law. Professor Anthony’s main research interests are in the areas of judicial review, public authority liability, and the relationship between UK law and European law. His authored books include Judicial Review in Northern Ireland, Values in Global Administrative Law and, as co-editor, Judges, Transition and Human Rights: Essays in Memory of Stephen Livingstone. He has recently published a report on ‘Models for Prosecutions, Truth and Amnesties in Northern Ireland’.
Professor Anthony’s visit has been made possible by a grant from the ANU Student Extracurricular Enrichment Fund.