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Siobhán Wills joined the Law School and Transitional Justice Institute as Professor of Law  n 2013. She was Course Director of the LLMs in Human Rights and Transitional Justice and Gender, Conflict and Human Rights until 2018. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority; a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Use of Force; and of the Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee. Her research interests are protection of civilians, peacekeeping, and use of force.In 2015-2016, Siobhán was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to research UN approaches to rules of engagement for peacekeepers that are not engaged in hostilities in an armed conflict.  In 2016-2017 and 2019-2020 Siobhán received grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to make documentary films, jointly with Prof McLaughlin (QUB), about the legacy impact of use of force by peacekeepers in Haiti and in Brazil.  Prior to her appointment at Ulster University Siobhán was a lecturer at University College Cork and Co-Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights.  In 2013 she was the Ariel Sallows Visiting Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been a visiting fellow at Exeter College, University of Oxford; the Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford; Australia National University; the School of Advanced Studies, University of London; a Fulbright Fellow; a Hauser Global Fellow at the School of Law, New York University; a Fellow on the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School.Her LLB is from the National University of Ireland, 2000; her LLM from Yale Law School, 2001; her DPhil from Oxford University, 2007.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Protection of Civilians: The Responsibilities of Peacekeepers, Oxford University

1 Oct 20024 Jun 2007

Award Date: 4 Jun 2007


15 Aug 200030 May 2001

Award Date: 25 Jun 2001

Bachelor, NUI Galway

1 Sept 199730 May 2000

Award Date: 8 Jun 2000

External positions

External Examiner, Irish Centre for Human Rights NUI Galway

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2018


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