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Assoc Professor Richard Collins

Assoc Professor

Richard Collins

Vice Principal For Internationalisation/Global Engagement
Central Office - College of Social Sciences and Law
01 716 4184
University College Dublin, Central Office - College of Social Sciences and Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Richard joined the School of Law in January 2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in October 2019. He was previously a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Sheffield, where he completed his PhD in 2011 looking at the institutional structure of the international legal order. He also holds degrees from Sheffield Hallam University (LLB, first class hons.) and Newcastle University (LLM with distinction). Since September 2016, Richard is also Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in the College of Social Sciences and Law. Richard's primary research interests lie in the fields of international law and jurisprudence, but he also has broader interests in political theory, legal history, constitutional law, the law of international organisations and the international law of the sea. He has held visiting research positions at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL), University of Amsterdam and the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research and Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. Richard welcomes requests for PhD supervision in the areas of international law (theory and institutional structure), international organisations, legal theory, and international law of the sea. Richard currently teaches Public International Law and convenes and teaches The Law of International Organisations and the International Law of the Sea at undergraduate level.


  • External Examiner
    University of Bristol, Law, Bristol, United Kingdom2016 - 2019
  • External Examiner
    Keele University, Law, Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom2018
  • External Examiner
    University of Sheffield, Law, Sheffield, United Kingdom2019


  • Llb
    Sheffield Hallam University
  • LLM
    Univ Newcastle upon Tyne
  • PhD
    University of Sheffield