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NIHRC and ECNI Working Paper: The Scope of Article 2(1) of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol

Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 December 2022

Date Produced December 2022

This working paper provides an initial assessment by the Commissions of Protocol Article 2, how it is engaged and what rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity protections fall within its scope. While the focus of this paper is on the scope of Protocol Article 2, this is one strand of the wider work of the NIHRC and the ECNI under their respective mandates relating to the protection of human rights and equality in NI following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The purpose of this paper is to supplement the publications which have already been produced by the Commissions and to provide additional guidance on how the non-diminution commitment is applied and interpreted.

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