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Assoc Professor Liam Thornton

Assoc Professor

Liam Thornton

Associate Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4129
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Law, UCD. I completed my undergraduate BCL (International) degree and PhD in University College Cork (NUI). I teach on a range of undergraduate and graduate modules, broadly encompassing refugee and migration law, welfare and housing law, legal systems and human rights in UCD. I was the inaugural Director of Clinical Legal Education (2012-2015) in UCD School of Law. As Widening Participation Officer (2015-2017), I established a FET (formerly FETAC) route into UCD law degrees. I research and publish in leading journals and with academic presses on legal systems, human rights, social security law, children's rights and refugee law. I have conducted conducted tendered research for a variety of organisations within my specialisms. Prior to joining UCD in 2012, I was a lecturer in Ulster University (2009-2012), and formerly Research and Policy Officer in the (then) Irish Human Rights Commission (2008-2009). More information on my research interests can be found at


  • Lecturer in Law
    University of Ulster16 Feb 2009 - 31 Aug 2012
  • External Examiner (Law)
    London Metropolitan University, Law, London, United Kingdom1 Jan 2020 - 30 Nov 2023
  • External Examiner (Law)
    University of Bradford, School of Law, Bradford, United Kingdom1 Oct 2019 - 31 Aug 2024
  • External Examiner (Law)
    Athlone Institute of Technology, Business and Managment, Athlone, Ireland1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2019
  • External Examiner (Law)
    Cork Institute of Technology, Business and Humanities, Cork, Ireland1 Sep 2015 - 31 Aug 2018
  • External Examiner (Law)
    Waterford Institute of Technology, Applied Arts, Waterford, Ireland1 Sep 2013 - 31 Aug 2015
  • Programatic Review Panel Member for LLB/Law Degrees
    Dublin Business School, Law, Dublin, Ireland1 May 2014 - 31 May 2014
  • External Examiner (Law)
    University College Cork, Adult Education, Cork, Ireland1 Sep 2011 - 31 Aug 2013
  • Assistant Lecturer in European Union Law
    University College Cork, Law, Cork, Ireland1 Sep 2006 - 1 Jun 2009


  • Research and Policy Officer
    Irish Human Rights Commission3 Jun 2008 - 30 Jan 2009


  • BCL
    University College Cork
  • PhD
    University College Cork
  • PgCHEP
    University of Ulster


  • English
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak and understand