SHA legacy bill – how independent will the Historical Investigations Unit be? – by Daniel Holder

  The Stormont House Agreement (SHA) describes the Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) as ‘an independent body to take forward investigations into outstanding Troubles-related deaths’. Human rights law requires in any case that investigations into such deaths be wholly independent, a requirement often referred to as ‘Article 2 compliance’, in reference to Article 2 of the European…

The Complexities of Sequencing Criminal Investigations and Information Recovery – By Louise Mallinder

  Over the last decade, efforts to develop a comprehensive approach to deal with Northern Ireland’s past have gone through several iterations including the 2009 Consultative Group on the Past (CGP) report, the 2013 draft Haass-O’Sullivan Agreement, the 2014 Stormont House Agreement, the 2015 draft Treaty establishing the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval, and the recently launched Northern Ireland…

Stand by on eamonnmallie.com for sharpening of focus on government legacy plans – Brian Rowan explains

    Last month, the Northern Ireland Office published the consultation paper: Addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past. It invites views on a structure shaped in the Stormont House talks of 2014, including a new Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) and Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR). In the period since, that agreement has become…