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Professor Thérèse Murphy

I am interested in the intersections between human rights and health. I am also interested in human rights and science and technology.

Dr Mark Flear

The overarching focus of my research is on law and biopolitics (the arena in which the subjects of law and governance demand and contest decision-making), which I examine through the examples of public health and new health technologies. Through these examples I seek to increase understanding of how human rights doctrine and discourse relates to other regulatory discourses, particularly for legitimation purposes. I’m also interested in developing ways to harness the potential of human rights in order to widen the space for citizen or public participation in risk-based decision-making, especially in the context of health-related matters.

Dr Kathryn McNeilly

My research intersects the areas of human rights, critical legal studies and feminist theory. I am particularly interested in reproductive health and abortion.

My research has explored the use of human rights discourse in politico-legal debate on these issues drawing from the concept of livability which diverts attention from consideration of 'life itself' towards the conditions that sustain life and allow it to flourish. I use livability to advance an alternative relationship between rights and the idea of 'life' in debate on abortion.

I am a contributor to the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, a collaborative project between academics and legal practitioners bringing feminist methodology to bear on key Northern/Irish case law. In this project I engaged in a feminist rewriting of the decision in Re Family Planning Association for Northern Ireland.

Dr Clemens Rieder

My interest in human rights dates back to the LLM programme which I undertook at the University of Notre Dame. I then briefly interned for the European Parliament where I was involved in producing a report on the human rights situation in the then acceding new Member States. After completing my internship, I undertook a PhD at the University of Reading in which I began to focus on health care rights in the context of the EU.

In my more recent research I have started to bring these two strands, namely human rights and health law, together.  I am also interested in the concept of solidarity as a basis for health law.

Dr Amrei Müller   

My main research interests lie in the area of human rights law, in particular the right to health and the law of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Concerning the former, I focus on questions of the parallel application of the right to health and health-related norms under international humanitarian law, including the obligations and responsibilities of non-state armed groups. Concerning the latter, I am particularly intrigued by the development of the law of the ECHR through the interaction between domestic authorities and the European Court of Human Rights.

Gema Ocaña


Gema Ocaña is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Thérèse Murphy. She is  researching the relationship between the right to health and the right to science, with a particular focus on privatisation of health and economically-disadvantaged people.


Gema is combining her PhD with work at the University of Groningen.


Gema holds a Law Degree from the University of Seville, an MA and Certificate in European Studies from the University Robert Schuman-Strasbourg, and a European Master’s Degree on Human Rights and Democratisation from the EIUC and the University of Nottingham.

Róise Connolly


Róise Connolly holds an LLB from Queen’s University Belfast and an LLM with Distinction in Law, Medicine and Healthcare from the University of Liverpool.


Under the supervision of Professor Ronan Deazley, Róise’s PhD research project is entitled Morality and Monopoly: Exploiting Illness and Legitimising Death in the Developing World. Stemming from the notion that multilateral agreements which strengthen intellectual property rights, can negatively impact upon global health, her thesis critically examines the interaction between intellectual property rights, human rights and bioethics. Róise received a scholarship from the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning to carry out this research.