Victims' rights in Ireland: influences, illusions and impacts

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dc.contributor.advisor Kilcommins, Shane en
dc.contributor.author Moore Walsh, Kathleen A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-25T13:05:40Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.date.submitted 2013
dc.identifier.citation Moore Walsh, K. A. 2013. Victims' rights in Ireland: influences, illusions and impacts. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1492
dc.description.abstract Following international trends victims of crime in Ireland have increasingly become a source of political, policy and to a lesser extent academic concern. Although it is assumed that the Irish victims’ rights movement is having a profound impact on the criminal justice system there are very few studies addressing this assumption or the genesis of the Irish movement. At the time a victims’ rights movement was established in Ireland there were movements already established in the U.S. and Britain. To determine which model Ireland followed, if any, in establishing its movement a comparative analysis of the emergence of the victims’ rights movements in these three common law jurisdictions was undertaken. This research examines possible victim policy transfer to test the transfer route perception that the victims’ movement began in the U.S., was transferred into Britain and then onto Ireland. At the same time that the victims’ rights movements were emerging in the U.S., Britain and Ireland, and asserting pressure on their national governments for beneficial changes for victims of crime, international organisations such as the U.N. and Council of Europe were being pressured by victims’ rights groups into introducing victim centered instruments of guidance and best practice for member states. Eventually the E.U. became involved and enacted a binding instrument in 2001. These victim centered instruments provide legal and service provision rights to Irish victims of crime, but they do not generate much academic interest. This research, in addition to providing a detailed account of the victim centered instruments, analyses the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, and identifies and analyses the primary victim centered statutory modifications and case law in Ireland over the past three decades. Lastly, the current law and practices in Ireland are evaluated against Ireland’s obligations under international and E.U. law. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2013, Kathleen A. Moore Walsh en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Victims' rights en
dc.subject Victims' rights movement en
dc.subject Policy transfer en
dc.subject Victims of crime en
dc.subject.lcsh Victims of crimes--Legal status, laws, etc. en
dc.title Victims' rights in Ireland: influences, illusions and impacts en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Law) en
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dc.check.info Indefinite en
dc.check.date 10000-01-01
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Law en
dc.check.type No Embargo Required
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Yes en
dc.thesis.opt-out true
dc.check.embargoformat Hard bound copy in Library only en
dc.internal.conferring Spring Conferring 2014 en


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