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Liam Thornton

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Law
Sutherland School of Law
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164129
Email: liam.thornton@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law the School of Law, UCD. In UCD, Liam teaches on a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to the Irish Legal System, Asylum and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, ECHR Law and Social Inclusion Law. Liam was previously Director of Clinical Legal Education in UCD School of Law (2012-2015) and Widening Participation Officer (2015-2017) in UCD School of Law, where he led initiatives to ensure equitable access for all persons to UCD law degrees. 
 
Liam has a strong interest in social justice and law, and researches in areas relating to immigration law, social security law, European law and human rights law. Liam was previously the social security sub-editor for the Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law and has published on issues relating to human rights, social security law, children's rights and immigration law in a number of journals including the Journal of Social Security Law, the Irish Journal of Family LawNorthern Ireland Legal QuarterlyRefuge: Canadian Periodical on Refugee Studiesthe Irish Yearbook of International Lawand the Irish Law Times. In addition, Liam has published several peer-reviewed book chapters in edited book collections. Liam also has acted in a number of editorial roles, with his most recent co-edited book on The ECHR and Ireland (Bloomsbury, 2015) and previously was the Book Reviews Editor for the Irish Yearbook of International Law and co-editor of a special issue of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2011) on the Convention on the Rights of the Child at 21. Liam is the co-author of two books. The ECHR and EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Irish Courts, published by the Law Society in 2015, which he co-authored with Professor Suzanne Kingston (UCD). Liam's most recent co-authored book, Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: Law, Policy and Politics, co-authored with Dr Tanya Ni Mhuirthile (DCU) and Dr Catherine O'Sullivan (UCC). Liam has also carried out tendered research for the Law Society of Ireland, the Irish Human Rights Commission, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Odysseus Network/European Commission, as well as pro-bono research for legal practitioners and leading national non-governmental organisations. 

Liam obtained a first class honours BCL (International) degree and his PhD from the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in University College Cork. Liam has also obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PgCHEP) from University of Ulster and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Liam's PhD research was supervised by Professor Siobhán Mullally (UCC) and funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. Liam's PhD examined reception conditions for asylum seekers in Ireland and the United Kingdom and explored the legal and administrative measures utilised to exclude asylum seekers from mainstream social assistance systems. Prior to taking up his position in UCD, Liam was Research and Policy Officer in the Irish Human Rights Commission (2008-9) and a lecturer in law in University of Ulster (2009-2012). 

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2018.
Title: External Examiner (Law) Cork Institute of Technology 2015-2018
Year: 2016.
Title: Visiting Research Scholar, El Instituto de Derechos Humanos Pedro Arrupe, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao (June 2016-October 2016)
Year: 2015.
Title: Visiting Lecturer (Occasional) European Master's in Human Rights and Democratization 2015-2016
Year: 2015.
Title: External Examiner (LLB Programmes) Waterford Institute of Technology 2013-2015
Year: 2012.
Title: External Examiner (Diploma in Legal Studies) Griffith College 2012-2015
Year: 2012.
Title: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Year: 2005.
Title: IRCHSS PhD Scholarship
Year: 2005.
Title: UCC College Scholar
Year: 2006.
Title: Aidan Synnott Prize: Research Postgraduate Travel Bursary Scheme
Year: 2002.
Title: Millennium Scholar

Associations

Association: International Law Association, Function/Role: Ordinary Member
Association: Society of Legal Scholars, Function/Role: Ordinary Member
     

Conference Contributions

Liam Thornton (2017) Enforcing the Right to Work for Asylum Seekers: Ireland and Europe. [Invited Oral Presentation], Asylum Seekers Right to Work: Implementing the Supreme Court Decision, School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin , 21-SEP-17 - 21-SEP-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers: A Challenge to Rights Universalism?. [Oral Presentation], Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World (Law and Society Association), Mexico City , 20-JUN-17 - 23-JUN-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) Rest Here or Stay There: Reflections on Migrations. [Invited Oral Presentation], Launch of Rest Here: A temporary spatial sound installation by by Michael McLoughlin, UCD College of Social Science and Law Artist in Residence 2015, UCD School of Law , 24-MAY-17 - 24-MAY-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in Europe. [Roundtable Participant], EU Fundamental Rights Agency: Dialogue on the socio-economic rights of asylum seekers and secondary movements, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Vienna , 22-MAY-17 - 22-MAY-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in Irish Courts. [Invited Oral Presentation], Migration and refugees: ethics, law and institutional responses, University College Dublin , 19-MAY-17 - 19-MAY-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) Rights in the Wider World. [Invited Lecture], Politics and Society Leaving Certificate Course: Teacher Training on Human Rights in the Wider World, UCD School of Law , 06-MAY-17 - 06-MAY-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) Asylum Law and Policy: On Brexit, Borders and Rights. [Conference (Sole) Organiser], Northern/Ireland After Brexit: Exploring the Human Rights Impact, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Dublin 7 , 03-MAY-17 - 03-MAY-17.
Muireann Ni Raghaillaigh & Liam Thornton (2017) Vulnerable Childhood, Vulnerable Adulthood: Direct Provision as Aftercare for Aged-Out Separated Youth in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Children in Care: Research Forum, Trinity College Dublin , 05-APR-17 - 05-APR-17.
Liam Thornton (2017) Introduction and Reflections on Legislating for Socio-Economic & Cultural Rights in Ireland. [Chaired Session], Making Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Meaningful, Mansion House, Dublin , 29-MAR-17 - 29-MAR-17.
Vicky Conway, Mairead Enright, Tanya Ni Mhuirthile & Liam Thornton (2017) Crafting a Feminist Judgment: PP v HSE. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Utilising Feminist Judging: Student Workshop, Dublin City University , 21-MAR-17 - 21-MAR-17.
Liam Thornton (2016) Exploring the Legal Definition of Refugee. [Invited Lecture], Social Action & Social Inclusion, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Pais Vasco , 06-OCT-16 - 06-OCT-16.
Liam Thornton (2016) Refugees: Borders, Law and Human Rights. [Invited Lecture], International Human Rights Law, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Pais Vasco , 04-OCT-16 - 04-OCT-16.
Liam Thornton (2016) The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in Europe and the Reconceptualization of Human Rights in EU Welfare States. [International Refereed Conference], Migración y Asilo: Nuevos retos y oportunidades para Europa, Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos, Universidad San Pablo CEU , 21-APR-16 - 22-APR-16.
Liam Thornton (2015) The Recast Receptions Directive: Situating Ireland and the United Kingdom. [Invited Lecture], The Reception Conditions Directive (recast), Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands , 08-DEC-15 - 09-DEC-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Perpetrating Direct Provision: Law, Politics and the Polity. [Invited Oral Presentation], Talking About Perpetrators, President's Room, Dublin Castle , 29-OCT-15 - 29-OCT-15.
Muireann Ní Raghallaigh & Liam Thornton (2015) Vulnerable Childhood, Vulnerable Adulthood: Direct Provision as aftercare for aged out separated children in Ireland. [Refereed Abstracts], Garret FitzGerald Autumn School: Exploring the Margins of Irish Society, University College Dublin , 19-OCT-15 - 19-OCT-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Solidarity, Reception for Asylum Seekers and the Limits of Rights in the European Union. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Europe's Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea, UCD School of Law , 09-OCT-15 - 10-OCT-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) The Development of the Right to Life and the Prohibition of Torture in the European Convention on Human Rights. [Invited Lecture], European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation: Civil and Political Rights, Lido, Venice, Italy , 06-OCT-15 - 07-OCT-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) The Pretence of Universalism and the Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers. [Oral Presentation], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2015: Law's Subjects: Subject to Law, University of York, York, United Kingdom , 01-SEP-15 - 03-SEP-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Europe's Reception Regime for Asylum Seekers: Limiting Rights and Expanding Control. [Invited Lecture], The EU and the Southern Mediterranean:Disposable People- The Crisis in the Mediterranean, University College Cork , 03-JUL-15 - 03-JUL-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Address to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The Socio-Economic and Cultural Rights of Asylum Seekers, Travellers and Roma in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Examination of Ireland's Third Periodic Report before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Palais Wilson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva , 08-JUN-15 - 09-JUN-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) MhicMathuna v Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Feminist Judgments Project:The Mothering Subject, Faculty of Law, University College Cork , 05-FEB-15 - 06-FEB-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Direct Provision and the Limits of Rights. [Invited Oral Presentation], Countess Marchievicz Summer School, Liberty Hall, Dublin , 23-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15.
Liam Thornton (2015) Clinical Legal Education in Ireland: Advancing Law in the Public Interest?. [Roundtable Participant], Legal Pedagogy in Transition, University of Limerick , 30-APR-15 - 30-APR-15.
Liam Thornton (2014) On the Limits of International Law?: Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Europe. [Plenary Lecture], Multiculturalism, Immigration and European Integration, European University Centre, University of Peking, Beijing, China , 05-DEC-14 - 05-DEC-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) The Politics of European Asylum. [Invited Lecture], University of Peking (European University Centre), Beijing, China , 04-DEC-14 - 04-DEC-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Reception and Detention Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Light of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. [Invited Lecture], The use of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Immigration and Asylum Law, University of Leiden, The Netherlands , 24-OCT-14 - 25-OCT-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) On the Limits of Law & Rights: 14 Years of Direct Provision in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Labour Equality Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 18-OCT-14 - 18-OCT-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Direct Provision in Ireland: International, European and Irish Law Considered. [Invited Lecture], UCC Refugee Law (LLM), University College Cork , 14-OCT-14 - 14-OCT-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], President's Ethics Initiative, University of Limerick , 24-JUN-14 - 24-AUG-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in Ireland: The Limits of Law. [Invited Lecture], UCD School of Law/NASC, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, World Refugee Day 2014 Conference: Beyond the Single Asylum Procedure, UCD School of Law , 20-JUN-14 - 20-JUN-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) The Practical and Pedagogic Benefits of Internships in University Law Programmes. [Invited Oral Presentation], Employment Law Association of Ireland (ESAI): Seminar on Trainees and Internships, Europe House, Dawson St., Dublin 2 , 26-MAY-14 - 26-MAY-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Direct Provision & Ireland's Obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. [Keynote Address], Seanad Eireann: Public Consultation Committee, Houses of the Oireachtas, Dublin, Ireland , 06-MAY-14 - 06-MAY-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) The Human Rights Impact of Direct Provision. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Human Rights Commission, Roundtable on the Asylum Process and Direct Provision System: Challenges and Solutions from a Human Rights and Equality Perspective, Dublin, Ireland , 01-APR-14 - 01-APR-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Judging Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in Europe. [Oral Presentation], A Sea of Troubles: Problematising Migration Law, Birkbeck College, University of London , 28-MAR-14 - 29-MAR-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Using Law to Challenge Direct Provision. [Conference (Sole) Organiser], Direct Provision in Ireland: A Challenge to Law, A Challenge to Rights, UCD Sutherland School of Law , 28-FEB-14 - 28-FEB-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) What are Economic, Social and Cultural Rights?. [Plenary Lecture], The Constitutional Convention, Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Malahide, Co. Dublin , 22-FEB-14 - 23-FEB-14.
Liam Thornton (2014) Law, Dignity & Socio-Economic Rights: The Case of Asylum Seekers in Europe. [Invited Lecture], European Database of Asylum Law Conference (EDAL): Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis, Dublin , 17-JAN-14 - 18-JAN-14.
Liam Thornton (2013) Socio-Economic Rights & the ECHR Act 2003. [Oral Presentation], IALT Conference 2013, Belfast , 23-NOV-13 - 23-NOV-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Asylum Seekers: Law & Policy in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Social Workers: Law for Social Workers, St. Patrick's Hospital, Dublin , 22-NOV-13 - 22-NOV-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Austerity, International Law & The Limits of Human Rights. [Invited Lecture], Irish Society of International Law: Autumn Series 2013, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin , 13-NOV-13 - 13-NOV-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Human Rights Budgeting. [Invited Oral Presentation], Equality Budgeting, Mansion House, Dublin , 17-OCT-13 - 17-OCT-13.
Suzanne Egan & Liam Thornton (2013) The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years and Beyond. [Oral Presentation], UCD Sutherland School of Law Staff Seminar Series, Belfield , 16-OCT-13 - 16-OCT-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) On the Margins of Socio-Economic Rights: Direct Provision for Asylum Seekers in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Centre for Criminal Justice & Human Rights, Faculty of Law, UCC, Faculty of Law, University College Cork , 15-OCT-13 - 15-OCT-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) The Nature & Purpose of Clinical Legal Education in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Common Ground: Sharing Across Models of Experiential Legal Education, Brisbane , 16-JUL-13 - 18-JUL-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Seasca Bliain Faoi Bhláth: Socio-Economic Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years & Beyond, UCD Human Rights Network Conference, Hilton Hotel, Dublin 6, IRELAND , 29-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Between Rhetoric & Reality: The Social & Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers in International Law. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK & Ireland, NUI, Merrion Square , 03-MAY-13 - 03-MAY-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Building a Culture of Clinical Legal Education in Ireland. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Developing Clinical Legal Education in Ireland, NUI Galway , 26-APR-13 - 27-APR-13.
Liam Thornton (2013) Legitimate and Permissible Restrictions? The Socio-Economic Rights of Asylum Seekers under International Law. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], UCD School of Law Staff Seminar Series, UCD School of Law , 03-APR-13 - 03-APR-13.
Liam Thornton, TJ McIntyre (2013) Technology in Legal Education. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCD School of Law, Staff Seminar Series, UCD School of Law , 27-MAR-13 - 27-MAY-13.
Dr Liam Thornton (2012) Article 42A: A Children's Rights Amendment?. [Invited Oral Presentation], UCD President's Lunchtime Seminar Series: The Children's Rights Amendment, University College Dublin , 10-OCT-12 - 10-OCT-12.
Liam Thornton (2012) Governmentality, Democracy and Rights: Welfare Reform and the Limits of Rights. [Oral Presentation], Gardens of Justice, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden , 14-SEP-12 - 16-SEP-12.
Liam Thornton (2012) International Conference on Social Protection and Migration. [Refereed Abstracts], Access Denied: Working on a New Paradigm, Faculty of Law, VU University Amsterdam , 13-MAR-12 - 14-MAR-12.
Liam Thornton (2010) The Culture of Control and Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Ireland and the United Kingdom. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference 2010, Queen's University Belfast , 03-MAR-10 - 04-MAR-10.
Liam Thornton (2009) Reception Conditions and Penology. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2009-Immigration Law Stream, Keele University , 08-SEP-09 - 08-SEP-09.
Liam Thornton (2008) Employment Equality Law and the Garda Síochána Turban Ban. [Invited Oral Presentation], CCJHR Workshop with Lord Lester of Herne Hill and Colm O¿ Cinnéide, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork , 08-FEB-08 - 08-FEB-08.
Liam Thornton (2007) Subsidiary Protection for asylum seekers in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Refugee Practitioners Seminar, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway , 29-SEP-07 - 29-SEP-07.
Liam Thornton (2007) Upon the Limits of Rights Regimes: Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers in Ireland. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Law and Society, Humboldt University, Berlin , 29-JUL-07 - 29-JUL-07.
Liam Thornton (2007) The Reception Conditions Directive and European Human Rights Law. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], Association of Law and Philosophy Conference 2007, University of Keele , 18-APR-07 - 18-APR-07.

Committees

Committee : Access Course Working Group (2017-2018)
Committee : Teaching and Learning Committee (School of Law) (2012-2015; 2017-2020)
Committee : FLAC Thomas Addis Emmet Assessment Panel (FLAC) (2013-2017)
Committee : Children's Rights Alliance, Member of Assessment Panel for Report Card (2016, 2017)
Committee : UCD Widening Participation Committee (2016-2017)
Committee : A & L Goodbody/ Irish Refugee Council, Irish Asylum Law Award (2015 & 2016)
Committee : Undergraduate Sub-Committee, UCD School of Law (2015- 2016 )
Committee : Expert Committee: Our Voices, Our Rights- Civil Society Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014-2015), Public Interest Law Alliance
Committee : Children's Rights Alliance, Advisory Board on Child Law Audit (2013-2015)
Committee : Internship Academic Steering Committee (2013-2014)
Committee : Free Legal Advice Centres (2009-2014)
Committee : Sub-Committee Clinical Legal Education (School of Law) (2012-2015)

Employment

Employer: University of Ulster
Position: Lecturer in Law
Employer: Irish Human Rights Commission
Position: Research and Policy Officer

Education

Year 2011 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: PhD Subject: Law, Human Rights, Legal Systems, Governmentality, Immigration, Asylum, Reception Conditions, Asylum Seekers
Year 2012 Institution: University of Ulster
Qualification: Post Graduate Certificate Subject: Higher Education Practice
Year 2005 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: BCL Subject: BCL (International)

Languages

English:
Spanish:

Consultancy

Client: Law Centre (Northern Ireland)
Client: Cross Party Direct Provision Group (Seanad Eireann)
     

Publications

Books

Tanya Ni Mhuirthile, Catherine O'Sullivan & Liam Thornton (2016) Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: Law, Policy and Politics. Dublin: Roundhall. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Suzanne Kingston and Liam Thornton (2015) A Report on the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights: Evaluation and Review. Dublin: Law Society of Ireland, pp. 1-535. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

Liam Thornton (2017) 'MhicMathúna v Ireland' In: Máiréad Enright, Julie McCandless and Aoife O'Donoghue (eds). Northern / Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Oxford: Bloomsbury Professional. , pp.137-156 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2016) 'A View from Outside the EU Reception Acquis: Reception Rights for Asylum Seekers in Ireland' In: Paul Minderhoud and Karin Zwaan (eds). The recast Reception Conditions Directive: Central Themes, Problem Issues, and Implementation in Selected Member States. Oisterwijk, The Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishers. , pp.49-76 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) 'Socio-Economic Rights and Ireland' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.179-207 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Catherine Cosgrave and Liam Thornton (2015) 'Immigration & Asylum Law in Ireland' In: Children's Rights Alliance (eds). Children and the Law in Ireland: Child Law Audit. Dublin, Ireland: Children's Rights Alliance. , pp.168-187 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) 'Spotlight on Direct Provision' In: Children's Rights Alliance (eds). Making Rights Real for Children: A Children's Rights Audit of Irish Law. Dublin: CRA. , pp.124-130 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) 'The European Convention on Human Rights: A Socio-Economic Rights Charter?' In: Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton, Judy Walsh (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.227-256 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton & Judy Walsh (2014) 'The ECHR, Socio-Economic Disadvantage and Access to Justice' In: Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton & Judy Walsh (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.221-227 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton & Judy Walsh (2014) 'The Convention in the Private Sphere' In: Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton & Judy Walsh (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.131-142 Link to full text [Details]
Thornton, Liam, Mullally, Siobhan (2009) 'The Rights of the Child, Immigration and Article 8 in the Irish Courts' In: Thornton, Liam, Mullally, Siobhan (eds). ECHR and Irish Law. Jordans. , pp.399-415 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Thornton, Liam (2008) 'Book Reviews-2007' In: Thornton, Liam (eds). Irish Yearbook of International Law. Hart. , pp.213-240 Available Online [Details]

Edited Books

Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton, Judy Walsh (Ed.). (2014) The European Convention on Human Rights and Ireland: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton, Alice Diver, Eugene McNamee (Ed.). (2011) 21 Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Special Issue of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. Belfast: SLS NI. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Muireann Ní Raghallaigh & Liam Thornton (2017) 'Vulnerable Childhood, Vulnerable Adulthood: Direct Provision as Aftercare for Aged-Out Separated Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland'. Critical Social Policy, 34 (3):386-404. Available Online [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) 'C.A. and T.A.: The Direct Provision Case'. Irish Journal of Family Law, 17 (4):116-118. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) 'The Rights of Others: Asylum Seekers and Direct Provision in Ireland'. Irish Community Development Law Journal, 3 (2):22-42. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) 'Direct Provision and the Rights of the Child in Ireland'. Irish Journal of Family Law, 17 (3):68-76. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) 'Social Welfare Law and Asylum Seekers in Ireland: An Anatomy of Exclusion'. Journal of Social Security Law, 20 (2):66-88. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton, Alice Diver, Eugene McNamee (2011) 'Twenty One Years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Coming of Age'. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 62 (2):137-141. Link to full text [Details]
Thornton, Liam (2011) 'Human Rights Law in the Republic of Ireland 2008'. Irish Yearbook of International Law, 3 (1):159-179. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2010) 'Human Rights in the Republic of Ireland 2007'. Irish Yearbook of International Law, 2 :175-188. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2008) 'Subsidiary Protection for Asylum Seekers in Ireland'. Irish Law Times, 26 (1):6-13. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Fiona de Londras, Siobhan Mullally, Liam Thornton, Darren O'Donovan; (2008) 'Human Rights in Ireland 2006'. Irish Yearbook of International Law, 1 :313-329. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) 'Upon the limits of rights regimes'': Reception Conditions of Asylum Seekers in the Republic of Ireland'. Refuge, Canadian Periodical on Refugees, 24 (2):86-100. Available Online Link to full text [Details]

Other Journals

Liam Thornton (2012) 'LS v Department for Social Development (IS) [2012] NICOM 327' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 11 :68-70. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'GE v Department for Social Development (DLA) [2012] NICOM 298' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 11 :67-68. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'WAOW v Department for Social Development (DLA) [2012] NICOM 287' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 9 :81-82. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'GS v Department for Social Development (IS) [2012] NICOM 284' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 9 :82-84. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'AW v Department for Social Development (DLA) [2011] NICOM 261' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law (7) :77-78. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'CAF v Department for Social Development (ESA) [2011] NICOM 248' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law (7) :111-112. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'JFP v Department for Social Development (DLA) [2011] NICOM 267' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 5 :68-70. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'GL v Department for Social Development (ESA) [2011] NICOM 231' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 4 :79-81. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'PM v Department for Social Development (ESA) [2011] NICOM 245' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law 4 :78-79. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) 'JB v Department for Social Development (DLA) [2011] NICOM 227' Bulletin of Northern Ireland Law (3) :109-111. Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2009) 'Doherty v Dublin South Country Council' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2009) 'O'Donnell v South Dublin County Council' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2008) 'Agbonlahor v Ireland' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) 'Dubsky v Ireland' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) 'Horgan v Ireland' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) 'Siritanu v Director of Public Prosecutions (Ireland)' Oxford Reports on International Law . Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2005) 'Discretion and Law in the British and Irish Social Welfare Systems' Cork Online Law Review 4 (1) :1-16. Available Online Link to full text [Details]

Conference Publications

Muireann Ni Raghallaigh and Liam Thornton (2015) Direct Provision as Aftercare for Aged Out Separated Children in Ireland Exploring the Margins of Irish Society, Garret Fitzgerald Autumn School, University College Dublin Dublin, , 19-OCT-15 - 19-OCT-15 , pp.1-34 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) Address to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: The Socio-Economic and Cultural Rights of Asylum Seekers, Travellers and Roma in Ireland Examination of Ireland's Third Periodic Report before the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Palais Wilson, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, , 08-JUN-15 - 09-JUN-15 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) MhicMathuna v Ireland Irish Feminist Judgments Project:The Mothering Subject University College Cork, , 05-FEB-15 - 06-FEB-15 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) What are Economic, Social and Cultural Rights? . In: Constitutional Convention eds. The Constitutional Convention, Economic Social and Cultural Rights Malahide, Co. Dublin, , 22-FEB-14 - 23-FEB-14 , pp.1-5 Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) Law, Dignity & Socio-Economic Rights: The Case of Asylum Seekers in Europe . In: EDAL eds. European Database of Asylum Law Conference (EDAL): Reflections on the Current Application of the EU Asylum Acquis Dublin, , 17-JAN-14 - 18-JAN-14 , pp.1-31 Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) Seasca Bliain Faoi Bhláth: Socio-Economic Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights . In: Liam Thornton eds. The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years and Beyond Dublin, , 29-JUN-13 - 29-JUN-13 , pp.1-43 Link to full text [Details]
                         

Newspaper Articles

Liam Thornton (2017) A Stain on Us All. Cork Independent, 27 July 2017: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2017) Q & A: What legal obligation does the US have to accept refugees. London; The Conversation: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) Welcome to Ireland: Migrants who crossed Med face flawed direct provision system. Dublin, Irish Times, 21 July 2015: Newspaper Articles Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2015) Holding Ireland to account for violations of basic human rights. Irish Times, Dublin, 08 June 2015: Newspaper Articles Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) Britain must live up to obligations on rights in North. Dublin: Newspaper Articles Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) Asylum system principles need to be addressed. Irish Times, Dublin, 12 August 2014: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) More Asylum Seekers in 'Direct Provision' than Prisoners in Jail. Irish Times, Dublin, 03 April 2014: Newspaper Articles Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) Direct Provision Shames Ireland as a Society. Irish Times, Dublin, 08 November 2013: Newspaper Articles Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) Time to Legislate for Direct Provision. Irish Times, 05 August 2013: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2012) Children's amendment a modest but good proposal. Irish Times, 25 October 2012: Newspaper Articles Available Online [Details]
     

Video/TV

Liam Thornton (2017) Reflections on the Supreme Court's decision relating to the right to work for asylum seekers on Prime Time (RTÉ). Prime Time, RTÉ, 30 May 2017: Video/TV Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) The Irish Asylum Seeker Scandal. TV3, Dublin, 03 November 2015: Video/TV [Details]
             

Book Reviews

Liam Thornton (2013) Review: Housing Law and Policy, by David Cowan. Oxford: Book Reviews Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2011) Book Review: New to Northern Ireland. A Study of the Issues Faced by Migrant, Asylum Seeking and Refugee Children in Northern Ireland By Teresa Geraghty, Celine Mc- Stravick and Dr Stephanie Mitchell. Published by Triarchy Press, 2010. This National Children's BureauReport is available at www.ncb.org.uk/pdf/NTNI\verb1_1final.pdf. Book Reviews Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) `Olga Ferguson Sidorenko: The Common European Asylum System: Background, Current State of Affairs, Future Directions'. The Netherlands: Book Reviews Link to full text [Details]
       

Working Paper

Liam Thornton (2015) A Preliminary Human Rights Analysis of the Working Group Report and Recommendations on Direct Provision. Working Paper, UCD Human Rights Network: Working Paper Available Online Link to full text [Details]
 

Consultancy

Liam Thornton (2013) Glossary of Terms: Irish Asylum Law. Cross Party Group on Direct Provision (Seanad Eireann): Consultancy Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) Irish Law: Children and Direct Provision. Confidential Report for Law Centre (Northern Ireland): Consultancy [Details]
Liam Thornton & Grainne McKeever (2012) A comprehensive analysis of the human rights implications of the proposed Welfare Reform Bill for people in Northern Ireland. Confidential Report for Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Consultancy [Details]
Siobhan Mullally & Liam Thornton (2008) The UN Migrant Workers Convention, Irish and EU Law. Consultancy [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) Comparison of Irish reception conditions for asylum seekers and Council Directive of 27 January 2003 laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers. Consultancy [Details]
Liam Thornton (2007) The Irish transposition of Council Directive 2003/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted. Consultancy [Details]
                   

Radio Presentation

Liam Thornton (2017) Comments on Rights to Work for Asylum Seekers, RTE Drivetime, Dublin, Thursday, 21 September 2017. RTE Drivetime, Dublin, Thursday, 21 September 2017: Radio Presentation Available Online [Details]
Liam Thornton (2017) Contribution to Newstalk Drive on the Supreme Court finding the absolute ban on asylum seekers working to be unconstitutional. Newstalk Drive, 30 May 2017: Radio Presentation [Details]
Liam Thornton (2017) Contribution on President Donald Trump's Migration Ban (January 2017). BBC Radio 5 Live, The Phil Williams Show, 30 January 2017: Radio Presentation Available Online [Details]
 

Annotations

Liam Thornton (2014) Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2014. Dublin: Annotations Available Online Link to full text [Details]
 

Policy Contribution

Liam Thornton (2014) EU Asylum Policy: Reception Conditions for Asylum Seekers. University College Dublin: Policy Contribution Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Caroline Reid and Liam Thornton (2014) Direct Provision at 14: No Place To Call Home. Dublin: Policy Contribution Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2014) Submission to Seanad Éireann Public Consultation Committee: The System of Direct Provision & Ireland's Obligations under the UN International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights. Dublin: Policy Contribution Link to full text [Details]
Liam Thornton (2013) Irish Asylum Law: Glossary of Terms. Dublin: Policy Contribution [Details]
Liam Thornton (editor) (2007) Subsidiary Protection Case Law Project. Policy Contribution Available Online Link to full text [Details]
                                       

Research

Research Interests

My core research interests examine a number of key themes, focusing mainly on the intersections between human rights, state control, socio-economic rights and migration. An underlying theme of my current research interests is on governmentality and control of groups within society that political systems deem problematic (with a particular focus on asylum seekers and immigrants). I have a fascination with systems of governance and how these can be used (sometimes at the same time) as a delivery mechanism to ensure protection of human rights, yet also as a means of control and supervision of those persons deemed 'problematic' by society.

Legal Systems
Dr Catherine O'Sullivan (UCC),  Dr Tanya Ni Mhuirthile (DCU) and I have co-authored a new textbook on the Irish legal system: Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: Law, Policy and Politics.   
 

Irish social security law and asylum seekers


I am examining how the non-legislative direct provision system in place for asylum seekers is permitted to operate in light of constitutional fundamental rights protections, statute, and administrative law. My research makes use of internal (unpublished) practice directions/memos (obtained under the Freedom of Information Act) and examines how and why the system of direct provision developed and continues to operate.  
 

European law, social security, asylum/migration 

European human rights law (Council of Europe) and European Union law are increasingly concerned with the protection of socio-economic rights of asylum seekers. My research focuses on how this occurred and the normative basis for protection of certain minimum socio-economic rights. It is hoped that this research will contribute to more general debates on socio-economic rights as legally enforceable rights.
 

International human rights law

While a strong supporter of international human rights law, I engage in critiques of current institutional supervision of human rights by the multitude of treaty based human rights bodies. My research focuses on the lack of clarity as to the precise scope and content of international human rights laws/norms, in particular as regards socio-economic rights. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Human Rights Commissions as Law Reformers
Start Date / End Date : 10-JUL-17 / 30-JUN-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-16 / 31-OCT-19
Sponsor : The Law Society of Ireland
Title : A Report on the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights: Evaluation & Review
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-14 / 30-JUN-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Common Ground: Sharing Across Models of Experiential Legal Education
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

To engage effectively with students, to place honesty, integrity and preparedness at the heart of my teaching, to enhance my knowledge and understanding of teaching practices.
 

Enhancement of Teaching

In the field of teaching and learning innovations, Dr Niamh Howlin, Dr Noel McGrath and I have transformed teaching and learning in Property Law subjects in the School of Law, with a move to problem based learning format to teach Irish Property Law. Coupled with sustained interactive engagement with students throughout the Property Law subjects, we have enabled students to clearly engage with the threshold concepts of Irish property law. Judy Walsh and I are involved in teaching and learning as regards the Law and Social Justice modules (as part of the Law with Social Justice degree) that 'flips the classroom' and empowers students to become responsible for their own engagement with the interaction between law, social justice, politics and policy. Prof Colin Scott, James McDermott and I have introduced a dedicated Legal Skills seminar series to the General Introduction to Legal Studies module since 2013. In addition, along with several colleagues in UCD School of Law, we have focused on developing a suite of clinical legal education modules to theorise and engage with law in action and law in practice.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Along with several colleagues from UCD School of Law & UCD School of Social Justice, I have conducted reviews and enhancements of a number of modules, including: General Introduction to Legal Studies, Law and Social Justice 1 & Law and Social Justice 2, Property Law I, Property Law II and Property Law (Masters in Common Law). I have created an exceptionally popular clinical module, Legal Placement and have developed a new module in Immigration and Asylum Law that contain elements of student engagement with wider society. These innovations occurred on the basis of: (i) Reflection on past experiences and practices in these modules; (ii) Researching best practice amongst world leading educators and institutions to see what has worked well in the past; (iii) Reformulating and re-designing modules with reference to best practices and taking into account the needs and wishes of our student cohort. This was done through detailed evaluation and reflection on student feedback on teaching and learning for all of my modules. (iv) Building key transferable skills into modules in terms of (a) conducting research (b) preparing independent and self learners and (c)allowing students reflect on their learning throughout the course so as to engage with and understand key threshold concepts. (v) Ensuring innovative assessment practice based on student centred approaches to learning i.e. offering feedback, using a range of assessment methods to suit all learners, allowing students to become partners in the assessment process. Taking into account the views of all stakeholders, modules were designed, reviewed and enhanced so as to ensure excellent world class educational experience for our students.

Developing as a Teacher

I now take time to understand the different student cohorts within a lecture and specifically recognising that students from socio-economically deprived backgrounds, life-long learners, part-time students, those with disabilities and students from non-traditional learning routes are within universities. I ensure that all students are supported in making the transition from previous educational experience (if any) to study law in a university. To this end, I integrate and re-emphasise the importance of students developing core legal skills. Teaching and learning activities need to ensure fulfillment of intended learning outcomes. Through utilising constructive alignment, I have re-structured my teaching, learning and assessment strategy to better suit the differing needs and talents of a varied student cohort. Ensuring students adopt a deep approach to learning law and become co-learners and independent learners, I ensure each of the topics/modules fits into the overall framework of the law degree. By engaging with students as partners within their university education, they develop capacity to think both independently and critically. My teaching practice and pedagogy is influenced through collecting, reflecting and acting upon student feedback on teaching and learning.

Innovation & Leadership

From 2012-2015, I was Director of Clinical Legal Education (UCD Sutherland School of Law) and in partnership with colleagues, constantly reflect on, review and implement changes to teaching and learning practice, design and assessment. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (University of Ulster '12) and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.I have presented a number of conference papers on aspects of technology in education and developing and theorising clinical legal education.

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Research: Internally, I work closely with colleagues from UCD Sutherland School of LawUCD School of Social Justice and UCD School of Politics and International RelationsDr Suzanne Kingston and I have co-authored a book on the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights on Irish law, funded/published by the Law Society of Ireland. With Suzanne Egan & Judy Walsh (co-editors), we edited a collection on 60 years of the ECHR in Ireland. Working with Dr Graham Finlay and Dr Tamara Lewis (and others), I was involved in the FP7 Project: FRAME (see here for publication output). Dr Muireann Ní Raghallaigh (UCD School of Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice) and I are currently researching collaboratively on issues relating to asylum law and policy in Ireland. You can view us speaking about this research here.
 
Teaching & Learning: In the field of teaching and learning innovations, Dr Niamh Howlin, Dr Noel McGrath and I have transformed teaching and learning in Property Law subjects in the School of Law, with a move to problem based learning format to teach Irish Property Law. Coupled with sustained interactive engagement with students throughout the Property Law subjects, we have enabled students to clearly engage with the threshold concepts of Irish property law. Judy Walsh and I are involved in teaching and learning as regards the Law and Social Justice modules (as part of the Law with Social Justice degree) that 'flips the classroom' and empowers students to become responsible for their own engagement with the interaction between law, social justice, politics and policy.  In addition, along with several colleagues in UCD School of Law, we have focused on developing a suite of clinical legal education modules to theorise and engage with law in action and law in practice. 

External Collaborators

External collaboration is at the heart of my approach to research, teaching and learning in the University. Refusing to accept the 'ivory tower' designation of academic research and teaching, I am involved in several collaborative research, teaching and learning projects.
 
Research engagement:  Dr Catherine O'Sullivan (UCC),  Dr Tanya Ni Mhuirthile (DCU) and I have published our socio-legal student textbook on Fundamentals of the Irish Legal System: Law, Policy and Politics . Prof. Siobhan Mullally (UCC), Dr Cliodhna Murphy (DCU) and I are currently co-authoring Migration, Asylum and Citizenship Law in Ireland:New Borders to be published by Hart in late 2017. I was involved in the Irish Feminist Judgments Project (Durham & Kent), re-writing the judgment in Mhic Mhathuna v Ireland, with commentary from Prof. Colm o Cinneide (UCL). In addition, I am on the editorial board of, and an external reviewer for the Irish Community Development Law Journal.  

I have, where possible, been able to assist journal editors by engaging in peer-review of article submissions for: Journal of Law and SocietyFeminist Legal StudiesRoutledgeRefuge: Canadian Periodical on Refugee StudiesHibernian Law Journal, the Irish Journal of European Law and the Irish Jurist.

 
Teaching & Learning: Previously, along with Larry Donnelly and Dr Grainne McKeever, I organised the ICLEA conference in 2014: Law in Action: Re-Imagining Clinical Legal Education in Ireland
 
Outreach and public interest law: I am the alternate representative for Ireland to the Odysseus Network: Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration & Asylum in Europe.  With colleagues from Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom, I contribute regularly to the group academic blog: Human Rights in Ireland. I engage with a number of Non-Governmental Organisations (Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC), Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) and Law Centre (NI) ) offering pro bono advice, support and consultancy. I was previously a member of FLAC Council (2009-2014) and was on the Advisory Group of the Child Law Audit (CRA) (see this book here). I was previously a member of the ICESCR Shadow Report Advisory Group (Public Interest Law Alliance). In the past, I have advised members of Seanad Eireann (see here) and the Constitutional Convention (see here) on issues relating to human rights law and policy.