New Irish human rights blog

I’ve been away for a few weeks and things have been busy in the meantime, not least on the blogging front. This is mostly due to the arrival of a new Irish human rights blog appropriately entitled Human Rights in Ireland.

The blog is written by a number of contributors chosen for their knowledge and diverse focus areas and their aim is “to provide varied and diverse content relating to human rights”. Thus far they have been successful.

Its certain a blog to watch to keep up to date not only on Irish human rights issues, but international human rights issues as well as more practical matters such as conferences, journals, and jobs.

The House of Lords is Blogging

Via Damien Mulley comes news that the House of Lords has launched a blog, entitled Lords of the Blog, where Peers are discussing everything from Arsenal football club and the political benefits of liking football, to the relative merits of holding referenda. (The blog also received coverage in The Guardian)

The list of blogging peers does not include any judicial members (and for obvious reasons, it seems, will not in the future) but nevertheless is an interesting venture. It will be particularly fascinating to see whether the peers begin to discuss legislative controversies on the blog – especially since comments are open and there is already a tendance towards lively discussion on some issues.

The blog itself states that “The aim of the blog is to help educate, raise awareness and engage with the public on a range of issues relating to the role and business of the House of Lords” and makes it clear that this is, in essence, an experiment. The Hansard Society, we are told, will evaluate the blog in time including its scope and reach, in order evaluate whether it is a valuable exercise.

While we have some blogging politicians in Ireland (most notably Ciaran Cuffe TD) it seems that we are quite some distance from a move as technologically progressive as this. However the birth of Lords of the Blog does appear to be an interesting way to make the public more involved in parliamentary discussion/communicate the views of the public to the upper parliamentary house whose members would not normally have a constituency role comparable to that of members of the lower house. It’s certainly a development worth keeping an eye on.

New International Law Blog: Invisible College Blog

The Invisible College – a new international law blog set in Europe – has just launched. An extract from the site description is below, and the blog promises to be an excellent addition to the daily reading of anyone interested in international law and politics. Welcome to the blogosphere!

The Invisible College is the result of the joining of forces of two earlier weblogs, the 1948 blog started in January 2007 by Otto, Richard and Nicholas, and The Core, started in February 2006 by Nicki, Tobias and Björn

The blog’s title refers to an 1977 article by Oscar Schachter (“The Invisible College of International Lawyers”, 72 Northwestern University Law Review (1977) 217-226), in which he speaks of the “professional community of international lawyers” forming an “invisible college dedicated to a common intellectual enterprise”. While Schachter mostly concerns himself with international lawyers who are government officials and/or career acedemics, it seems that the “invisible college” he speaks of has grown substantially in the 30 years since then; it now includes undergraduate and graduate students, interns with various international organisations, University researchers, attorneys working in international practice areas, NGO lawyers and many more.

It is our hope that our blog can become not only an interesting read, but an actual community resource for this diverse group. We plan to publish, besides commentaries on international developments, posts on Master and Doctoral programs, summer schools, job opportunities in the field, web ressources for scientific research, etc. etc.