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Submissions

CAJ regularly responds to government public consultations.  A full list of our consultations submissions is available below.

Accountable Policing and Justice

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International

The Common Travel Area (CTA) and the impact of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill – A CAJ briefing note

The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill continues to progress through the UK Parliament. Our latest briefing note on the bill examines one particular area of concern: an additional border control power that could jeopardise the Common Travel Area (CTA) between the UK and Ireland. The Bill would extend the existing port and border control powers...

Submission on Mid Ulster Council’s draft policy for the management of bonfires

Mid Ulster Council has produced a comprehensive draft policy that seeks to address the environmental and social impacts of all bonfires held on council-owned property in the Mid Ulster area. The Council held a 13 week-long consultation on the policy across the summer, to which CAJ has responded. Our submission broadly welcomes the policy. We...

Submission to the Review of European Parliament Constituencies in Ireland

Due to Brexit, plans have been made to redistribute the UK’s 73 MEP seats at the European Parliament. As a result, Ireland will gain an additional two seats. In preparation for this major change, an independent committee has been established by the Irish government to review the current MEP constituencies in Ireland. A period of...

Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past: Response to NIO public consultation

A joint QUB/UU/CAJ team has published a detailed response to the latest proposals for addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past. The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has been seeking views on a draft legacy bill for Northern Ireland. If enacted, this bill would see the establishment of four new institutions for dealing with the past...

Briefing on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018

From a human rights perspective, there are numerous objections to the contents of the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill 2018. The proposed bill also contains measures that could have worrying implications if applied to their full extent in Northern Ireland. The bill, which is currently making its way through the UK parliament, includes provisions that...

EU Withdrawal Bill, Clause 13 – ‘new border arrangements’ Freedom of Movement in the Common Travel Area: The planned non ‘routine’ passport controls in and out of Northern Ireland and the risks of increased racial profiling, a CAJ briefing

EU-Withdrawl-Bill-HCPP-NI-Border-Controls-and-racial-profiling-CAJ-Briefing-May-2018 Summary  Clause 13 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill as amended on Report at the House of Lords relates to the “Continuation of North-South co-operation and the prevention of new border arrangements” on the island of Ireland. This clause was inserted in the Lords further to a cross-party amendment.  The UK Northern...

Equality of Citizenship and the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) – the rights of Irish and British Citizens in Northern Ireland Post Brexit – A Briefing Note

GFA-equality-of-British-and-Irish-citizenship-in-NI-post-Brexit-April-2018 Updated Briefing including answers to Parliamentary Questions in Westminster and Lenister House: GFA-equality-of-British-and-Irish-citizenship-in-NI-post-Brexit-May-2018

The Good Friday Agreement at 20: Achievements and Unfinished Business – Evidence presented to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, United States Congress, 22 March 2018

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) is honoured to be giving evidence to this Commission on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Good Friday Agreement. This Agreement, and the subsequent agreements of different kinds designed to implement it, has given us 20 years of relative peace; following a disastrous, thirty...

Equal to the Task? Investigative powers and effective enforcement of the ‘Section 75’ equality duty Jan 2018

A research report by the Equality Coalition – Co-convened by CAJ and UNISON Executive Summary – Executive-Summary-Equal-to-the-Task-Jan-2018 Full Report – Equal-to-the-Task-Jan-2018 This report was submitted as a response to the Equality Commission consultation ‘Acting on the evidence of Public Authority practices’ in Jan 2018.
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