How Do I Become an International Lawyer ?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 14:00 to 16:00

The Co-Editors of the Irish Yearbook of International Law are delighted to host a careers panel aimed at law students in Ireland who are interested in careers in international law. Our panellists have worked both in Ireland and abroad in a wide range of international law settings such as in academia, government, NGOs, international organisations, and the Bar; and with expertise including Refugee Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and general Public International Law. They will share their experiences of building a career in International Law and will also answer questions from aspiring international lawyers.

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The event will be moderated by Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Maynooth University. 


Stephanie Barbour


Stephanie Barbour is an international criminal investigator, analyst, and legal adviser with over 13 years of experience in domestic, hybrid, and international criminal justice initiatives. Her work has focused on Rwanda, the Balkans, Nepal, Syria, Iraq, and the Central African Republic. Her expertise lies in design and delivery of capacity-building and mentoring programmes for national actors and building successful private criminal investigations, particularly in relation to the collection and analysis of sexual and gender-based crimes.


Dr James Gallen

James Gallen is an associate professor in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. His research interests include human rights, international law and legal and transitional justice. His recent publications concern a transitional justice approach to historical abuse in consolidated democracies, especially child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.


Eoin Murphy


Eoin Murphy is an Assistant Legal Adviser at the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland in 2021, with responsibility for matters related to International Criminal Law and Treaty Law. Eoin studied law at Trinity College Dublin (LL.B, 2012), Leiden University (LL.M (Public International Law) 2015) and the Honorable Society of King’s Inns, Dublin (BL, 2017). Eoin has previously worked for the Association of Defence Counsel practising before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and in the Shareholding and Financial Advisory Division of the Department of Finance.


Dr Maeve O’Rourke


Maeve O’Rourke, PhD (Birmingham), LLM (Harvard), BCL (University College Dublin) is Lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR), NUI Galway.  Since 2010 Maeve has provided pro bono assistance to the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ and she is currently a member of the research group ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research’. She is co-director of the evidence-gathering initiative with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. She is also a lead lawyer on the case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland, currently awaiting judgment on the merits by the UN Committee Against Torture, following a landmark admissibility decision in December 2019. Maeve has also worked as a barrister at 33 Bedford Row, London; Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Consultant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Nils Melzer; Harvard Law School Global Human Rights Fellow at Equality Now; and researcher at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, the University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center and Just for Kids Law (UK).