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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr. Brunger has a strong track record of supporting Ph.D. students to secure funding and would be pleased to hear from students interested in undertaking work in the following areas: *International Criminal Law; *Feminist Perspectives on International Law; *Transitional Justice; *Sexual and Gender-Based Violence


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Research Interests

Dr Brunger is Lecturer in Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Faculty-wide QUB Gender Network (@Gender_Network) She is also a Fellow of Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice.

She lectures and supervises Public International Law; International Criminal Law; International Human Rights Law, Transitional Justice, and Gender and Society at both undergraduate and graduate-level

Her research has been widely used to impact and inform policy and practice in the areas of human rights and international criminal justice. Her co-authored paper ‘Witness Preparation in the ICC: An Opportunity for Principled Pragmatism’ was shortlisted for the SLSA Article Prize (2016) and been cited by the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the case of The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé. Dr Brunger’s Policy Brief for the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (South Africa) examining “Investigations and Prosecutions of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence by the International Criminal Court” has been widely used to inform the practice of a range of international organizations and NGOs responding to SGBV in conflict and post-conflict countries. 

Dr. Brunger is Co-Coordinator for the Interest Group on Feminism and International Law of the European Society of International Law. She is also an expert member of the AHRC-Funded UN Gender Network and the  AHRC-Funded Working Group on a feminist approach to Peace. Also, she is a member of the International Feminist Judgments Project which brings together leading feminist scholars to rewrite significant judgments in public international law. She is a co-author of the re-written first judgment of the International Criminal Court in the case of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (forthcoming Hart/Bloomsbury 2018).

Throughout her career, she has worked with a broad range of stakeholders, including international organizations, national governments, and civil society actors, and is regularly invited to present her work or provide expertise to those audiences.  

She joined the School of Law in July 2016, having previously taught at the University of Leicester, University College Dublin and the University of Ulster. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (University of Cambridge), Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). She is alumni of the prestigious Salzburg Law Summer School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, the UN International Law Commission Seminar and the EIUC School of Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy.   

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Dr. Brunger is the founder and co-director of the QUB Gender Network, an interdisciplinary research network of staff and PG students that provide expertise to strategically shape and impact discourse and policy around gender issues in law and society. in 2020 the Gender Network received an award from the Queen's Annual Funds. Dr. Brunger has developed innovative visual advocacy toolkits to combat rape myths and sexual violence and a culture of victim-blaming for policymakers and civil society. As Co-Director she has curated several visual exhibitions addressing gender inequality.

Dr. Brunger is a member of the Institutional Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee. She successfully contributed the School of Law's Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Committee between 2016-2019 including being the architect of the School's Gender Principles.

Dr. Brunger is a dedicated champion of race equality and inclusion in Northern Ireland. She has received national recognition for her contribution to the first 'Black History Month campaign' in Northern Ireland and currently serves as Co-Chair of IRise, the University's BAME and International Staff Network.

Dr. Brunger is also Director of the Undergraduate Admissions (Home/EU) for the School.





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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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