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Suzanne Egan


Dr Suzanne Egan is Associate Professor at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin and Director of the UCD Centre for Human Rights. Suzanne has published widely in the field of international human rights law, with a particular focus on human rights institutions and procedures, asylum law and policy and human trafficking. Her book, The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Law and Procedure has been shortlisted for the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Kevin Boyle prize for outstanding legal scholarship and in 2017, she was awarded a Higher Doctorate of Laws (LLD) by the National University of Ireland for her published work in the field of international human rights law. Suzanne is a graduate of U.C.D. and Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto and a qualified barrister.  She has engaged in human rights training for various non-governmental organisations, the Council of Europe as well as members of the legal profession and was appointed by government to serve two terms as a  Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission (2001-2011). Suzanne has been a Visiting Professor at De Paul Law School, Chicago, the University of Connecticut and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program (2011-2012). She is currently an honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol's, Human Rights Implementation Centre.  In 2017, she was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by UCD for her sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning.

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