Legal Writing

Legal Writing

The Belfast Agreement: a practical legal analysis

[London, 2000]

The Hand of History?: legal essays on the Belfast Agreement

[London, 2011]

Tony Blair and the IRA: the ‘on the runs’ scandal

[London, 2016]


‘The Belfast Agreement’

Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 22, no. 4, April 1999, Austen Morgan and Duncan Shipley-Dalton MLA

‘Permeating the Irish Border’

Boundary and Security Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 3, autumn 1999

‘What Bill of Rights?’

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol. 52, nos. 3 & 4, autumn & winter 2001

‘Recent European Anti-discrimination Law’

2002, 3, University of Limerick Law Review

‘The Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) Act 1999; amnesty, immunity or what?’

Irish Jurist, 2003

‘Did David Trimble Really Agree to a United Ireland?’

Commonwealth Lawyer, April 2003

‘The Changing Constitution of the UK’

Commonwealth Lawyer, August 2005

‘Northern Ireland terrorism: the legal response’

In James Dingley, ed., Combating Terrorism in Northern Ireland, London 2009

‘From Belfast to St Andrews: the constitution of Northern Ireland’

In Brian Barton & Paddy Roche, eds., The Northern Ireland Question, London 2009

‘Arguments for a UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’

Commonwealth Lawyer, December 2011

(With Others) ‘Mutual Interest: how the UK and EU can resolve the Irish border issue after Brexit’

Legatum Institute special trade commission, September 2017

Technical Note regarding the above

(With Veronica Hewson) ‘A Hard Question: managing the Irish border through Brexit’

[2017] 20(1) IJEL

‘When to Recuse and When Not’

Commonwealth Lawyer, December 2017


Law Statutes

Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) Act 1999

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003

Northern Ireland (Monitoring Commission etc.) Act 2003

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004

Constitutional Reform Act 2005

Inquiries Act 2005

Northern Ireland Act 2006

Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006

Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2006

Northern Ireland (St Andrews Agreement) Act 2007

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007

Northern Ireland Act 2009

Equality Act 2010

Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

European Union Act 2011

Law Statutes

UK Insight

Interpretation of convention rights – Human Rights Act 1998

(25 September 2018)

Religious freedom: Human Rights

(4 September 2018)

Right to respect for private and family life: Immigration

(26 September 2018)

ECHR: duty to undertake effective investigation

(1 October 2018)

UK Insight


The Queen’s Speech 2015

[11 June 2015]



‘Where Now Constitutional Reform?’

Barrister, January 2005

‘Why We Don’t Need a Bill of Rights’

News Letter (Belfast), 21 January 2008

‘No Devolving Human Rights’

Guardian, 24 February 2010

‘Union 2021’

News Letter (Belfast), 16 July 2010

‘Configuring a UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’

Barrister, June 2010

… (amended version)

‘This Undignified Human Rights Wake is Futile’

News Letter (Belfast), 17 September 2010

‘The New Laws We Need’

News Letter (Belfast), 10 October 2011

‘The human rights act and a question of legitimacy’

The Justice Gap, 6 May 2015

‘A constitutional crisis with precedents from the past as well as fresh uncertainties’

Belfast Telegraph, 10 January 2017

‘Why Gerry Adams is wrong on the Belfast agreement’

Policy Exchange, 16 June 2017

‘Election was followed by loose talk of nationalism winning’

News Letter (Belfast), 17 March 2017

‘Key questions that arise from judge’s unprecedented withdrawal in Loughinisland case’

News Letter (Belfast), 31 January 2018