Cohabitation, civil partnership and the Constitution

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Mee, John
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This paper examines the issues surrounding the law reforms proposed in Ireland in relation to the introduction of civil partnership, as well as a legislative regime to provide certain rights for cohabiting couples. It examines key law reform documents, including the Report on the Family by the Oireachtas (Parliamentary) All-Party Committee on the Constitution, the Irish Law Reform Commission's Report on the Rights and Duties of Cohabitants and the Report of the Working Group on Domestic Partnership. It analyses the impact of the Irish Constitution, Bunreacht na Heireann 1937, on possible law reform, in respect of the rights of both opposite sex and same sex couples. It also offers some observations on the general approach to law reform in this area in Ireland.
Cohabitation , Civil partnership , Constitutional law , Irish law , Law reform
Mee, J. (2007) 'Cohabitation, civil partnership and the Constitution', in Doyle, O. and Binchy, W. (eds.) Committed Relationships and the Law. Dublin: Four Courts Press, pp. 181-214.
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