Gráinne Mellon advises CAJ in Belfast on immigration checks on Irish land border

Friday 21 July 2023

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The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) in Belfast, one of the leading human rights organisations in Northern Ireland, has commissioned a legal opinion on the legality of ongoing passport/immigration checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following Brexit.

The advice considers Irish and UK immigration law, as well as the compatibility of provisions with EU law, and the arrangements between the UK and Ireland pursuant to the Common Travel Area. It identifies a number of issues and gaps in the law contributing to uncertainty for travellers across the border areas. The advice also addresses issues of racial profiling in immigration checks on the border and the impact of current arrangements on minority and migrant communities in particular.

The independent advice feeds into CAJ’s important and ongoing advocacy and campaign work in the area. CAJ is an independent, non-governmental human rights organisation, based in Belfast, that promotes justice, protects rights and seeks to ensure the highest standard of administration of justice in Northern Ireland. 

Gráinne Mellon is a barrister in the Public LawHuman Rights, Immigration Law and International Law teams. In addition to practising in England and Wales, she is also admitted to both the Irish and Northern Irish Bars. Gráinne was instructed by Una Boyd, Immigration Solicitor at CAJ.

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