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2016 LLM graduate, Leo Green, has been awarded the annual dissertation prize for 'An All-Island Charter of Rights A means to harmonise and enhance human rights and equality provisions and protections throughout Ireland?’.

"Leo’s thesis explores the potential of a Charter of Rights for the island of Ireland as a mechanism for the enhancement of human rights protection. The thesis focuses on key factors which are critical to the effectiveness of a Bill/Charter of Rights and which might influence the development and adoption of a Charter. The thesis argues that human rights must be disaggregated from the constitutional status of Northern Ireland battleground. The thesis concludes that a Charter of Rights commonly adopted in both jurisdictions and which includes strong enforcement mechanisms, has the potential to enhance rights protection and to inject a new momentum and renewed optimism into rights protection island-wide." Dr Anne Smith

The TJI/NI Human Rights Commission Dissertation Prize is awarded annually by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) for the highest LLM dissertation mark.

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