Máiréad Enright

Máiréad Enright is Lecturer in Law, University of Kent (UK)

The Importance of the Women-y Fringe-y Excesses of Irish Pro-choice Activism

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In the past year or so, Irish pro-choice protesting has taken on a new vitality. Some pro-choice actors have adopted the language of satire, humour, scandal and disobedience to show up the limits of the abortion regime. I have written before about the abortion pill train (which recently morphed into the abortion pill bus) and Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A., whose “Delivering the Word”…

The Law of University Protest: Notes from the UK

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Occupation advances a new conception of the relationship between university purpose and property. December 1st saw the launch of “Defend the Irish University“; a charter which underscores common experiences of university privatisation in Ireland and the UK, and suggests possibilities for resistance. It is important to take note of what is happening to students and…

The Political in the Contract Classroom

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Suggestions for a decolonized or radical set of pedagogic techniques in contract law When we started ‘The Public Life of Private Law’ one of the conversations we wanted to have with participants, and with others following the series, was about teaching private law from a critical perspective. In particular, we wanted to think about how those of…

The Public Life of Private Law: Seminar Series Update.

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By the end of Friday, we will be half-way through our ESRC seminar series ‘The Public Life of Private Law’. The programme for our second seminar is here. The focus of the second seminar will be on the uses of private law in seeking reparations for ‘human rights abuses’. In setting this theme we had in mind a…

Six Bursaries Available: The Public Life of Private Law (ESRC) Seminar Series

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Six bursaries are available to assist PhD students and recent PhD graduates in any discipline to attend all four seminars in the UK’s ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) seminar  series The Public Life of Private Law, which will run 2013 – 2014. The first seminar takes place at the University of Kent on 18 January 2013. The series examines the…

The Private Law of Protest – Workshop at Kent – November 4

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This one-day workshop will examine the deployment of private law by university management against students in the context of recent protests against the marketisation of learning and teaching. The workshop will draw on the experiences of occupiers and their lawyers in mapping and critiquing the use of tort, contract and property law to end, prevent…

Excitable Speech: Shell to Sea & Joking About Rape

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Give me your name and address and I’ll rape you. [All laugh]  — Unidentified Garda Sergeant Shell to Sea is an organisation operating in the west of Ireland which was formed to take direct action in protest against the Corrib Gas Project. It is widely known and accepted in Ireland that the police (the gardai) have…

Use of Private Law to Control Student Occupations

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I have been wondering about teaching one of the secret lives of private law; the use of the law of tort, contract and equity to regulate on-campus student protest. There is a growing online archive – of blogs, media reports and university press releases – which details how these private tools for the defence of…