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Suzanne J Egan

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Biography

Suzanne Egan is a lecturer in international human rights law, European human rights law and human rights education at the School of Law, UCD and is also 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 (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Kevin Boyle prize for outstanding legal scholarship in 2012 and in 2017, Suzanne was awarded an LL.D. 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.  Prior to lecturing at UCD, she was the Legal Supervisor of an independent research centre on refugee law and policy in Canada and a Research Assistant at the Law Reform Commission in Ireland.  She has engaged in human rights training for various non-governmental organisations, the Council of Europe as well as members of the legal profession. In 2000, she was appointed by the government to serve as a Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission and was subsequently re-appointed for a second term in 2006. She 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).   

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: University College Dublin, Teaching Excellence Award

Associations

Association: UACES (academic association for contemporary European Studies), Function/Role: Member
Association: European Society of International Law, Function/Role: Member
Association: Law and Society Association, Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Association of Law Teachers, Function/Role: Member
Association: American Society of International Law, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society of Legal Scholars, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Suzanne Egan (2015) UCD Centre for Human Rights. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Case for Marriage Equality, Sutherland School of Law , 26-MAR-15 - 26-MAR-15.
Suzanne Egan (2017) One-Day Conference, SPIRe and UCD Centre for Human Rights. [Chaired Session], Migration and Refugees: Law, Ethics and Institutional Responses, Sutherland School of Law , 19-MAY-17 - 19-MAY-17.
Suzanne Egan; (2001) Nexus to a Convention Ground. [Other], Second Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law, Michigan University , 17-MAR-01.
Suzanne Egan; (2002) Refugee Law in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Council of Europe, Second Round Table with National Human Rights Institutions, Belfast , 07-NOV-02.
Suzanne Egan; (2002) Ireland and Incoporation of the European Convention on Human Rights. [Oral Presentation], The European Convention on Human Rights: Lessons from England, Scotland and Ireland, UCD , 18-OCT-02.
Suzanne Egan; (2004) Trafficking in Women and Girls. [Invited Oral Presentation], Department of Foreign Affairs, Sixth Annual Forum on Human Rights, Dublin , 04-DEC-04.
Suzanne Egan; (2004) Interpreting the Refugee Definition: Problems and Prospects. [Invited Lecture], Judicial Studies Institute Conference, Kildare , 25-JUN-04 - 27-JUN-04.
Suzanne Egan; (2005) Bar Council CPD Conference. [Chaired Session], The European Convention on Human Rights, Distillery Building, Dublin , 03-DEC-05.
Suzanne Egan; (2006) Extraordinary Rendition: The Challenge to International Human Rights Law. [Oral Presentation], Asylum, Migration and Human Rights, Newcastle , 20-SEP-06 - 21-SEP-06.
Suzanne Egan; (2006) Periodic Reporting under the ICCPR. [Invited Oral Presentation], EU China Human Rights Exchange, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway , 31-MAR-06 - 01-APR-06.
S. Egan; (2007) An All-Island Charter of Rights: Risk or Opportunity?. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Consitution at 70, Trinity College Dublin , 08-JUN-07 - 09-JUN-07.
Suzanne Egan; (2007) Trafficking in Ireland: Protecting the Victims. [Invited Oral Presentation], European Slave Trade: Character, Causes & Challenges, Trinity College Dublin , 04-JUL-07.
Law Society and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (2007) Preventing Ill-Treatment: Ireland and the OPCAT. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on Torture or Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Law Society, Dublin , 07-SEP-07 - 07-SEP-07.
S. Egan; (2008) Discussant on topic of Constiutionalisation of the European Court of Human Rights. [Oral Presentation], 2008 U.C.D. European Law Forum: Constitutionalization: In Search of More Effective Human Rights Protection in Europe',, School of Law, U.C.D , 25-JAN-08 - 25-JAN-08.
S. Egan; (2009) An All-Island Charter of Rights: Provenance, Process and Prospects. [Invited Oral Presentation], An All-Island Charter of Rights, U.C.D. School of Law, Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission , 06-NOV-09 - 06-NOV-09.
Egan, S (2010) See No Evil, Speak No Evil and See No Evil in Europe. [International Refereed Conference], Law and Society Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, USA , 27-MAY-10 - 30-MAY-10.
Suzanne Egan (2011) Ireland and Extraordinary Rendition: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions. [Invited Oral Presentation], Harvard Law School, Visiting Fellows Seminar Series, Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, USA , 26-OCT-11 - 26-OCT-11.
Egan, S (2011) Proposals to Strengthen the Functioning, Effectiveness and Impact of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies. [Invited Oral Presentation], Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Academic Consultation on Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies, Lucerne, Switzerland , 24-OCT-11 - 26-OCT-11.
Egan, S (2012) The UN Human Rights Committee: A Critical Analysis. [Invited Lecture], International Conference on Treaty Bodies and Int¿l Accountability for State Human Rights Obligations, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University of Jerusalem , 12-SEP-12 - 13-SEP-12.
Suzanne Egan (2012) Engaging With United Nations Human Rights Bodies. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Justice Resources Center, The International Human Rights Framework: Opportunities for Attorneys and Advocates, Boston, USA , 18-MAY-12 - 18-MAY-12.
Egan, S (2012) Reform of the UN Human Rights Treaty System. [Invited Oral Presentation], Northeastern University School of Law, Faculty Colloquium, Boston, USA , 08-MAY-12 - 08-MAY-12.
Suzanne Egan, Professor Gerald Neuman (Harvard), Dr. Anastasia Crickley (Maynooth) and Professor Michael O'Flaherty (NUI Galway) (2013) [Conference (Sole) Organiser], Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty System, National University of Ireland , 24-MAY-13 - 24-MAY-13.
Suzanne Egan (2013) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The ECHR and Ireland: 60 Years and Beyond, UCD , 28-JUN-14 - 28-JUN-14.
Egan, S (2013) Implementing Ireland¿s Human Rights Commitments on Freedom of Religion. [Invited Lecture], Ireland and the Human Rights Council: Where to From Here?, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway , 01-FEB-13 - 01-FEB-13.
Egan, S (2014) Individual Complaints under the OPIC-CRC: Setting Goals and Managing Expectations. [Roundtable Participant], International Colloquium on the Rights of the Child, University of Geneva, Global Studies Institute , 08-OCT-14 - 09-OCT-14.
Egan, S (2014) Extraordinary Rendition. [Invited Lecture], Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies - Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, School of Politics and International Relations , 20-MAR-14 - 20-MAR-14.
Suzanne Egan (2015) [Roundtable Participant], Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Round Table on Reform of the UN Human Rights Treaty system, Geneva, Switzerland , 14-DEC-15 - 15-DEC-17.
Suzanne Egan (2016) [Roundtable Participant], Treaty Body Review Conference, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights , 08-DEC-16 - 09-DEC-16.
UCD Centre for Human Rights Conference (2017) In the Shadow of Brexit: the All-Island Charter of Human Rights. [Invited Oral Presentation], Northern Ireland After Brexit: Exploring the Human Rights Impact, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission , 03-MAY-17 - 03-MAY-17.
Suzanne Egan (2017) The Implications of Brexit for Human Rights on the Island of Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Norbert Reich Memorial Seminar, Riga Graduate Studies Institute , 29-JUN-17 - 29-JUN-17.
Suzanne Egan (2017) Human Rights Education. [Invited Lecture], Professional Diploma on Human Rights and Equality, Institute of Public Administration , 03-MAR-17 - 03-MAR-17.
Suzanne Egan (2017) Human Rights Education in Transition Year: Assessing the Impact. [Plenary Lecture], Challenges in Human Rights Education, University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law , 28-APR-17 - 28-APR-17.
 

Employment

Employer: Government of Ireland
Position: Commissioner

Education

Year 2017 Institution: National University of Ireland
Qualification: LLD Subject:
Year 1986 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: BCL Subject:
Year 1991 Institution: York University, Ontario
Qualification: LLM Subject:
Year 1988 Institution: Hon Society of Kings Inns, IRL
Qualification: BL Subject:
       

Other Activities

Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission (2000 - present)

Publications

Books

Egan,S; (2011) The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Law and Procedure. Dublin: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Book Chapters

Suzanne Egan (2017) 'UN Human Rights Implementation Procedures' In: Gordon (eds). The Institutions of Human Rights: Developments and Practices. Canada: University of Toronto Press. [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2017) 'The Doctrinal Approach in International Human Rights Scholarship' In: Rhona Smith (eds). Human Rights Research Methods. United Kingdom: Routledge. [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2017) 'Reforming the UN Human Rights Treaty Systenm' In: Philip Alston and Frederic Megret (eds). The United Nations Human Rights System. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Egan, S (2015) 'Individual Complaints under the OPIC-CRC: Setting Goals and Managing Expectations' In: Niang, F and Bernard, B (eds). Promotion et Défense des droits de l¿enfant: Enjeux théoriques, pratiques et philosophiques. University of Geneva: Global Studies Institute. , pp.75-83 [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2015) 'Ireland and the International Human Rights Regime: A Contextual Overview' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. , pp.1-8 [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2015) 'The Refugee Definition in Irish Law' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. , pp.289-318 [Details]
Suzanne Egan and Edward Keegan (2015) 'Protecting Victims of Human Trafficking in Ireland' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. , pp.215-235 [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2015) 'The UN Human Rights Treaty System' In: Suzanne Egan (eds). International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. , pp.55-86 [Details]
Egan, S. and Forde, A. (2014) 'From Judgment to Compliance: Domestic Implementation of the Judgments of the Strasbourg Court' In: Egan, S., thornton. L & Walsh, J (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.17-36 [Details]
Egan, S. (2014) 'Implementing the ECHR in Ireland: Past, Present and Future' In: Egan, S., Thornton. L & Walsh, J (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. , pp.1-15 [Details]
S.Egan and P. Brazil; (2009) 'The Influence of the ECHR on Irish Asylum Law' In: U.Kilkelly (eds). The ECHR in Irish Law. Ireland: Jordans. , pp.353-397 [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2003) 'Sanctuary in Strasbourg: The Implications of the European Covention on Human Rights on Irish Asylum law and Policy' In: Ursula Fraser and Colin Harvey (eds). Sanctuary in Ireland: Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration. , pp.51-81 [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2003) 'Refugee Law' In: Urusula Kilkelly (eds). The ECHR in Irish Law. Dublin: Jordans. , pp.81-110 [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2000) 'European Asylum Policy: Reflections on the Tampere Conclusions' In: Suzanne Egan; (eds). Irish Human Rights Review. Dublin: Round Hall. , pp.168-197 [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2000) 'Succession Rights under the European Convention on Human Rights' In: Suzanne Egan; (eds). Liber Memorialis for Professor James Brady. Dublin: Round Hall: Sweet and Maxwell. [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1994) 'European Integration and Refugees' In: Suzanne Egan; (eds). Human Rights: A European Perspective. Dublin: Round Hall Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Suzanne Egan (Ed.). (2015) International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury. [Details]
Egan, S., Thornton. L. and Walsh J (Ed.). (2014) Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights: 60 Years and Beyond. Dublin: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Suzanne Egan (2015) 'Tackling the Rise of Child labour in Europe: Homework for the European Court of Human Rights'. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 64 (3):601-630. Link to full text [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2013) 'Strengthening the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body System'. Human Rights Law Review, 13 :209-243. Link to full text [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2013) 'The New Complaints Mechanism for the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Mini Step Forward for Children?'. International Journal of Children's Rights, :1-19. [Details]
Suzanne Egan (2012) 'The Necessary Elements of Torture: A Consideration of the Views of the Human Rights Committee in Giri v Nepal'. Dublin University Law Journal, 35 :300-305. Link to full text [Details]
Egan, S & Murray, R; (2010) 'Casting a Cold Eye on the Origins and Development of an All-Island Charter of Rights'. Fordham International Law Journal, 34 :78. Link to full text [Details]
Egan, S; (2009) 'The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture: Paying the Price for Prevention'. Irish Jurist, :182. Link to full text [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2008) 'Protecting the victims of trafficking: problems and prospects'. European Human Rights Law Review, 1 :106-119. [Details]
Suzanne Egan and Rachel Murray; (2007) 'A Charter of Rights for Ireland: An Unknown Quantity in the Belfast Agreement'. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 56 :797-835. Link to full text [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2003) ''The European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003: A Missed Opportunity for Domestic Human Rights Litigation''. Dublin University Law Journal, 25 :230-248. [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1998) 'Human Rights Considerations in Extradition and Expulsion Cases: The European Convention on Human Rights Revisited'. Contemporary Issues in Irish Law and Politics, 2 :188-215. [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1995) 'Asylum in Ireland'. European Review of Public Law, 7 :785. [Details]

Other Journals

Suzanne Egan and Andy Storey; (1992) 'European Asylum Policy: A Fortress Under Construction' Trocaire Development Review :49-65. [Details]
 

Published Reports

Suzanne Egan and Kevin Costello; (1999) Refugee Law Comparative Study. Government Publications, Dublin. [Details]
                                               

Book Reviews

S. Egan; (2007) Book Review of S. Greer, The European Convention on Human Rights: Achievements, Problems and Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 2006). (2007) 42 Irish Jurist: Book Reviews [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1998) Book Review of B.Dickson ed. Human Rights and the European Convention. Irish Jurist: Book Reviews [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1998) Book Review of Janis, Kay and Bradley eds. European Human Rights Law. Irish Jurist: Book Reviews [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1996) Book Review of R. Cook ed., Human Rights of Women. International and Comparative Law Quarterly: Book Reviews [Details]
Suzanne Egan (1991) EXCOM in Abstracts. Book Reviews [Details]
       

Working Paper

Suzanne Egan (2015) Report Critically Assessing Integration in Human Rights in AFSJ Policies. Working Paper Available Online [Details]

Research Papers

Suzanne Egan (2000) The Case for Provision of Complementary Protection Status in Irish Law. Research Papers [Details]
Suzanne Egan (1991) Civil War Refugees and the Issue of Singling-Out in a State of Civil Unrest. Research Papers [Details]
Suzanne Egan and David Petrasek (1990) Attorney General of Canada v. Ward (Center for Refugee Studies & the Centre for Research on Public Law and Public Policy, York University. Research Papers [Details]
                         

Annotations

Suzanne Egan; (2001) The Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act 2000. Dublin: Annotations [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (2000) The Immigration Act 1999. Dublin: Annotations [Details]
Suzanne Egan; (1997) The Refugee Act 1996. Dublin: Annotations [Details]
                                           

Research

Research Interests

Human Rights Education
International Human Rights Law
European Human Rights Law
Asylum Law and Policy (Domestic and International)

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : A Charter For Rights For Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 09-SEP-03 / 31-JAN-10
Sponsor : Dept. of Justice, Equality & Law Reform (DJELR)
Title : Comparative Study between Irish legislation and that of our EU partners to ascertain what changes might be necessary to the Refugee Act, 1996 to align Irish policy more closely with that of our EU partners.
Start Date / End Date : 15-JUL-98 / 31-DEC-98