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Assoc Professor Suzanne Egan

Assoc Professor

Suzanne Egan

Associate Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4158
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Suzanne Egan is Associate Professor in the Sutherland School of Law and is also Director of the UCD Centre for Human Rights. Suzanne teaches International Human Rights Law, European Human Rights Law as well as a clinical module on Human Rights Education at the law school. In 2017, she was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award by UCD for her sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. 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. In 2012, her book, The UN Human Rights Treaty System: Law and Procedure, published by Bloomsbury, was shortlisted for the Irish Association of Law Teachers, Kevin Boyle prize for outstanding legal scholarship. In 2017, Suzanne was awarded a Higher Doctorate of Laws (LLD) 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 was also a member of the Joint Committee of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (2001-2012). Suzanne has been invited on several occasions to brief members of the Irish Parliament on key issues of international human rights law and has provided advice to the Irish Constitutional Convention on the concept of an all-Ireland Charter of Human Rights suggested in the Belfast Agreement 1998. Suzanne 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). She is currently an honorary Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol's, Human Rights Implementation Centre.


  • Commissioner
    Government of Ireland, Irish Human Rights Commission, Ireland30 Dec 1999 - 30 Dec 2011


  • BCL
    University College Dublin
  • BL
    Hon Society of Kings Inns IRL
  • LLM
    York University Ontario
  • LLD
    National University of Ireland