"Long before her retirement, Judge Gillian Hussey had been conferred with the status of “legend of the bench”. This book gives a wonderful insight into the complex demands and balances that confronted her day in, day out. It’s a fascinating and informative read that will hold your attention to the very end.’ John Lonergan, author and former Governor of Mountjoy Prison. When Gillian Hussey started out in Bridewell District Court in 1984, little did she realize that she would deal with some of the most notorious criminals in Ireland, including the Kinahans, the Cahills, ‘The Monk’ and John Gilligan. As one of Ireland’s first female judges, Gillian was very much a woman in a man’s world. Unafraid to look beyond the courtroom, she always sought to better understand the human – not just the criminal – who stood before her in the dock. Through her work, Gillian spent a lifetime learning about people, society and herself. This fascinating insight into the career of a trailblazing woman reveals the inner workings of Ireland’s criminal courts, explores the changes in Irish society and shares some timeless truths learned from almost 20 years on the bench"-- Provided by publisher.
Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Hart Publishing, 2023
Book — xiii, 206 pages ; 25 cm
Marriage equality by popular vote : the Irish and Australian experiences
Same-sex relationships beyond marriage : civil partnership and cohabitation in Ireland
Parental rights for same-sex parents of surrogate-born and donor-conceived children : forging a legal framework for Ireland
Same-sex relationships, marriage and parental rights under the ECHR
"This book analyses the key issues affecting same-sex families in Ireland and beyond today: marriage; formalised and non-formalised same-sex relationships outside of marriage; parental rights for same-sex couples with donor-conceived or surrogate-born children; and the protections afforded to same-sex families under European human rights law. It critically examines the Irish and Australian citizen-led approaches to achieving marriage equality, which made Ireland and Australia the first and second countries in the world, respectively, to extend the institution of marriage to same-sex couples on foot of a popular vote. It analyses the pragmatic and symbolic effects of civil partnership, which was the premier means of formalising same-sex unions in Ireland. Ireland's hurried 'divorce' from civil partnership in the aftermath of marriage equality is examined in light of evidence from the U.K. indicating that this mode of relationship recognition remains popular with both same-sex and opposite-sex couples in that jurisdiction. The book goes on to consider the legal position of same-sex couples who are parenting children born via assisted reproductive techniques (ARTs) like donor-assisted human reproduction (DAHR) and surrogacy. Finally, it looks at the impact (or lack thereof) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as regards the protection of same-sex relationships, marriage and parental rights for same-sex couples. It does this to determine what is required of Ireland and other states party to the ECHR to comply with European human rights obligations when it comes to legally recognising couples, and parents, of the same sex"-- Provided by publisher