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Siobhán Wills


Siobhan Wills is Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University Law School. She is Course Director of the LLMs in Human Rights and Transitional Justice and Gender, Conflict and Human Rights and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (UK). She a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Use of Force. Her research interests include protection of civilians, peacekeeping, and use of force. In 2015-2016, Siobhán was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to research UN approaches to rules of engagement for peacekeepers. In 2016-2017 Siobhán received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) to make a documentary film, jointly with McLaughlin (QUB), about the legacy impact of use of force by peacekeepers in Haiti. Prior to her appointment at Ulster University, Siobhán was a lecturer at University College Cork and Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights. In 2013 she was the Ariel Sallows Visiting Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been a visiting fellow at Exeter College, University of Oxford; the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford; Australia National University; the School of Advanced Studies, University of London; a Fulbright Fellow; a Hauser Global Fellow at the School of Law, New York University; a Fellow on the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School. Her LLB is from the National University of Ireland, 2000; her LLM from Yale Law School, 2001; her DPhil from Oxford University, 2007.

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