Category Archives: Issues

Security in the age of killer robots

The definition of ‘autonomy’ and the blurring of boundaries between legitimate use and abuse stand in the way of an agreed consensus on the future of lethal robots. Birgit Schippers, a visiting...

The Good Friday Agreement: 20 years on

Marking 20 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, political commentators Chris Donnelly and Alex Kane reflect on its impact and discuss its relevance in the current political context. Alex...

In the absence of ministers

David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, speaks to David Whelan about the many challenges his organisation is facing in the absence of a functioning Executive, a looming Brexit and...

Criminal justice avoidable delay

Persistent and recurring issues are impairing the delivery of justice and the quality of service experienced by those impacted by the justice system in Northern Ireland. To date, adequate steps have not...

An all island economy

Following the completion of his report on the potential economic impact of Irish reunification in the context of Brexit, financial journalist Paul Gosling outlines his key findings. Northern Ireland is different from...

Rape and consent: ongoing challenges

In the context of the recent high-profile rape case involving two former Ireland rugby internationals, among others, Eithne Dowds, a lecturer in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, writes on...

Infrastructure: Making our lives more liveable

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) brought together partners of INFRA 2018, Northern Ireland’s Year of Infrastructure, to discuss the theme of enhancing the public’s appreciation of the value of infrastructure.  This...