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The Globalization of HateInternationalizing Hate Crime?$
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Jennifer Schweppe and Mark Austin Walters

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785668

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.001.0001

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Internationalizing Hate Crime and the Problem of the Intractable State

Internationalizing Hate Crime and the Problem of the Intractable State

The Case of Ireland

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(p.157) 10 Internationalizing Hate Crime and the Problem of the Intractable State
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The Globalization of Hate
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Amanda Haynes

Jennifer Schweppe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785668.003.0011

This chapter addresses the character, effectiveness, and interrelationship of international critiques of Ireland’s legislative ‘permission to hate’. Hate crime law can, ‘by its silences’ exclude groups from protection afforded to others, leaving unnamed groups vulnerable to victimization and being perceived as ‘legitimate victims’ (Perry 2001: 198). The authors present empirical research findings which attest to the presence of hate crime in Ireland and the impacts of its official invisibility. They draw on data from third-party recording mechanisms, the State, and interviews with victims and victim advocates, documenting the difficulty of accessing justice in the absence of legislation Ireland’s legislative position has been repeatedly criticized by supranational organizations such as CERD and ECRI. The authors evaluate the content of these critiques and interrogate their impact. They find that the failure of intergovernmental bodies to stir Ireland into action raises important questions regarding the possibility of internationalizing responses to hate crime.

Keywords:   hate crime, hate studies, Ireland, international law, legislation, NGOs, UN, ECRI

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