A hate crime is an offence which is known to the criminal law and which is committed in a context which includes hostility towards difference. The category includes racist, religiously aggravated, transphobic, homophobic and disablist crimes for example. The OSCE describe hate crimes as: “… criminal acts committed with a bias motive. It is this motive that makes hate crimes different from other crimes. A hate crime is not one particular offence. It could be an act of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence”.
Dr Aileen Dillane of the Irish World Academy has been awarded the 2016 O'Donnell Research Fellowship in Irish Studies by Newman College, University of Melbourne, Australia, for a project in Irish Music Studies. The six-week O’Donnell Fellowship commemorates the donation to Newman College, University of Melbourne, of the personal library of Melbourne-based doctor and Irish scholar, Nicholas Michael O’Donnell (1862-1920).
The legendary Manchester band Joy Division are the subject of a two-day international symposium at the University of Limerick this week. Following on from previous events at UL on The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie, the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster are examining the legacy of the iconic Manchester band, whose career was cut short with the untimely death of their lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Best known for their song Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division are one of the world’s truly iconic and influential bands.
Professor Shane Kilcommins has been invited by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., to chair a Consultative Council on Penal Policy.
The creation of such a Consultative Council is one of a number of recommendations made in a report submitted to Government on 4th November, 2014 by the Penal Policy Review Group. That Group was established in 2012 to conduct a wide ranging strategic review of penal policy taking into account relevant work already carried out in this jurisdiction and elsewhere, the rights of those convicted of crimes, the perspective of those who are victims of crime, and the interests of society in general.
On the 29th of October, Dr James Carr from the Department of Sociology launched his new book: Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with Racism in the neoliberal era (London & New York: Routledge, 2016).
According to leading Law academic at the University of Limerick, Ray Friel most businesses are unaware of the true extent of the Intellectual Property (IP) assets they own and simply do not know or understand the complete spectrum of tools available to protect and exploit those IP assets to the full. Accordingly they are quite literally losing millions of euros in unseen asset potential.
The 19 new members who signed the Royal Irish Academy roll book this week in a centuries old tradition, included UL Professors Bernadette Whelan, a leading scholar in the history of Irish–American relations and Anthony McElligott a leading historian of twentieth-century Germany.
Dr Michael Griffin, School of Culture and Communication at UL has been announced as joint winner of the 2015 Archibald Elias ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Irish-American Research Fellowship.
This award will enable Dr Griffin to pursue documentary research at the Beinecke Library, Yale University and at the Free Library of Philadelphia towards a new Cambridge University Press Edition (co-edited with Dr David O’Shaughnessy, Trinity College Dublin) of the Collected Letters of Oliver Goldsmith (pictured above).