24 September 2021
Society calls on UK Government to uphold the Rule of Law
In a speech to be delivered tonight, the President of the Law Society of
Northern Ireland, will call on the United Kingdom Government to Reconsider its
proposals relating to Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s past.
The President, Mr Rowan White, will address an invited audience at the
Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Council Dinner.
As part of his key note address the President will say:
“Solicitors have a vital role in supporting victims and survivors across
all communities to access justice in relation to events that happened during
“the Troubles” in Northern Ireland.
The Law Society of Northern Ireland, which represents all of Northern
Ireland’s Solicitors, notes with concern the proposals recently published by
the United Kingdom Government in their paper ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern
The Society considers that these proposals contravene the United
Kingdom’s duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to hold
independent and effective investigations into the deaths that occurred during
The Law Society calls upon the United Kingdom Government to uphold the
Rule of Law, to act in compliance with its duty under Article 2 of the European
Convention on Human Rights, all other national and international obligations
and to reconsider its recent proposals.”