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Professor Thérèse Murphy

Thérèse is interested in the intersections between human rights and health. She is also interested in questions concerning new technologies and human rights.


Dr Ivanka Antova, Research Fellow on the ESRC funded project, Health Governance after Brexit, a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Sheffield

Ivanka is a postdoctoral research fellow on a project examining health governance after Brexit—in particular, issues of legitimacy, accountability and responsibility. The project, which is funded by the ESRC, one of the UK’s research councils, is a partnership between teams at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Sheffield.

Ivanka’s other work focuses on disability and critical legal theory, and interdisciplinary research is her passion and biggest challenge.

Ivanka holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast on disability and welfare reform in the UK. Prior to her PhD, she completed an LLM in human rights law at Queen’s University Belfast, and a BSc in politics and global governance at Canterbury Christ Church University. She worked in the disability sector before returning to academia.


Róise Connolly

Róise 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 is completing a funded PhD 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.


Dr Patrycja Dabrowska-Kłosińska, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Patrycja’s current research interests focus on the interconnection of human rights, public health and risk regulation. She also has an interest in EU law, especially in the areas of migration and human rights, and new modes of governance for biotechnology and health.


Professor Anne-Maree Farrell

Anne-Maree's research expertise lies generally in health law, policy and bioethics. She is particularly interested in examining the relationship between politics, health and human rights in specific areas: human body (blood, organ, tissue), health technologies, health security and clinical negligence.


Dr Mark Flear

The overarching focus of Mark’s research is on law and biopolitics (the arena in which the subjects of law and governance demand and contest decision-making), which he examines through the examples of public health and new health technologies. Through these examples Mark seeks to increase understanding of how human rights doctrine and discourse relate to other regulatory discourses, particularly for legitimation purposes. He is 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

Kathryn’s research focuses on human rights theory and practice, drawing on critical and feminist perspectives. She is particularly interested in how human rights language and discourse can be used to facilitate social change. One area she investigates this in relation to is reproductive health and abortion.

As part of this work Kathryn has been involved in the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project, a project between academics and legal practitioners bringing feminist methodology to bear on key Northern/Irish case law. In this project she engaged in a feminist rewriting of the decision in Re Family Planning Association for Northern Ireland.

Kathryn is also a co-founder of the Reproductive Health Law and Policy Advisory Group. This collaborative initiative between Queen's University Belfast, Ulster University and the University of Liverpool seeks to facilitate knowledge exchange between academic work and wider public and professional stakeholders on issues regarding reproductive rights and health.


Dr Amrei Müller, Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow   

Amrei’s 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).

In her work on the right to health, she focuses 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.

In her work on the ECHR, she is particularly interested in the ways in which Convention law develops through the interaction between domestic authorities and the European Court of Human Rights.


Gema Ocaña

Gema is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Thérèse Murphy. She is researching the right to health, with a particular focus on privatisation of healthcare 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.


Dr Clare Patton, ESRC Fellow

Clare’s research focuses on the intersections of health, business and human rights. Specifically she is interested in how large corporations impact the health and wellbeing of stakeholders with their cause-related marketing campaigns. The industry campaigns that particularly interest her include: retail, cosmetics, infant milk formula, and the weapons industry. The overarching objective of Clare’s research is to work towards better regulation and oversight of cause-related marketing campaigns and to give a voice to those individuals and groups most affected by large corporate campaigns.

Teaching and learning are also very important to Clare. In 2018 she launched the Global Skills Project, working in collaboration with Richard Summerville of QUB Law. As Director of this student-facing project Clare has developed a programme which helps students with their public speaking skills, social media skills and writing for publication experience. The project is currently in its inaugural year and has much growth potential.


Dr Clemens Rieder

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

In more recent research Clemens has started to bring these two strands, namely human rights and health law, together. He is also interested in the concept of solidarity as a basis for health law.


Gift Sotonye-Frank

Gift is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Thérèse Murphy and Dr Yassin Brunger. Her PhD focuses on the issue of gender stereotyping of adolescent pregnant schoolgirls by identifying and examining exclusion policies and practices that disproportionately affect pregnant schoolgirls in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gift holds a law degree from the University of Jos, Nigeria, and her interest in human rights, particularly in the area of girls’ education, continues to deepen since receiving a Chevening scholarship to undertake a Master’s in Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights at Keele University in the UK. Her PhD is funded by Queen’s University Belfast under the Vice Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship Award.