Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Conflict: Law, Politics and Conflict, 1921-2014, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Conflict

Law, Politics and Conflict, 1921-2014, 1st Edition

By Omar Grech


292 pages

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This interdisciplinary book explores the Northern Ireland conflict through a human rights framework.

The book examines the conflict from the creation of the Northern Ireland state in 1921 to 2014. This timeframe allows an analysis of how human rights impacted upon the conflict in its broadest understanding (i.e. the pre-violent conflict, the violent conflict and the post-violent conflict phases). Furthermore, it allows for a better understanding of how the various stages of the conflict impacted upon how human rights are understood in Northern Ireland today. The study’s main findings are that: (i) human rights had a significant impact on the development of the conflict; (ii) human rights violations were both underlying causes and direct causes of the descent into violence; (iii) the conflict coloured the view of human rights held by the main political actors; and (iv) human rights continue to be partially understood through the prism of the conflict. More generally, this interdisciplinary work explores the relationship between law, politics and conflict.

This book will be of much interest to students of human rights, conflict resolution, British politics, law and security studies.


'…perceptively mingles a legal analysis with a political one…thoroughly researched and insightful…'- Brice Dickson, Irish Times

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Human rights: key notions

3. Human rights in Northern Ireland 1921-1964: Developments, Issues and Perceptions

4. The Impact of the Civil Rights Movement on Human Rights in Northern Ireland5. Rights, Violence and Negotiations

6. Peace and human rights: the long thaw

7. Human rights in Northern Ireland 1999-2014: an unfulfilled agenda?

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Omar Grech is a lecturer at the University of Malta, and has a PhD in politics from the University of Limerick, Ireland.

About the Series

Law, Conflict and International Relations

Since the end of the Cold War, the place of law in international politics has been hotly contested, even as in practice legal rules and actors have become increasingly important.  Nowhere has this been more evident than in the role of law in armed conflict, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. This series will bring together cutting-edge, interdisciplinary scholarship on law, conflict, and international politics, encompassing the fields of international criminal law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law, and law relating to the use of force, and conflict prevention, resolution, peacemaking, and peacebuilding, and resort to the use of force. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism