Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights

Research Papers 2020/2021

Synopsis: Below you will find details of Research Publications which have been prepared by the Research and Information Service (RaISe) for the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights in 2020-2021.

Gender budgeting in government: a comparative perspective on legal bases

- Date: 05/05/2021

On request, this briefing paper was prepared for the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights (the "Committee"), to examine legal bases underpinning current uses of gender budgeting in government, in particular a constitutional basis. To provide such a comparative perspective, the paper draws on the experience of individual countries belonging to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Throughout, potential issues are identified, aiming to help inform the Committee's future consideration in this area.

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CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention: A comparative view on transposition and implementation in domestic law and practice

- Date: 05/05/2021

This paper is provided following a request from the Assembly Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. It details research on the implementation of the United Nations ('UN') Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women ('CEDAW'), and provisions relating to violence against women, in domestic law. As the most relevant international treaty relating to violence against women, the Istanbul Convention is considered in particular.

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Survey Results

- Date: 25/03/2021

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Definitions of the ‘Particular Circumstances’ of Northern Ireland

- Date: 08/10/2020

This paper has been written to inform the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. The paper briefly summarises how the ‘particular circumstances’ of Northern Ireland have been described. It is not within the scope of this paper to discuss what rights may be derived from the ‘particular circumstances’ in any Bill of Rights.

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Key Issues for a Bill of Rights

- Date: 19/03/2020

This paper has been prepared to support the Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights. The paper briefly summarises key issues in the consideration of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The issues are drawn from themes that have been raised in the past and in the context of more recent developments.

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