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 My research makes use of internal (unpublished) practice directions/memos (obtained under the Freedom of Information Act) and examines how and why the system of direct provision developed and continues to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.