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    Research Interests

    Professor Thérèse Murphy's work focuses on human rights law and practice.

    She is particularly interested in questions concerning health and human rights, including both the human right to science and the relationship between new technologies and human rights. She is also interested in human rights method.


    Thérèse's books include Civil Liberties Law: The Human Rights Act Era, written with Noel Whitty and Stephen Livingstone; New Technologies and Human Rights; and European Law and New Health Technologies, which she edited with Mark Flear, Anne-Maree Farrell and Tamara Hervey. Her book, Health and Human Rights, which was published by Hart in the summer of 2013, marked 10 years of the series 'Human Rights Law in Perspective'. Her most recent book is The United Nations Special Procedures System, which she edited with Aoife Nolan and Rosa Freedman.

    Thérèse has written reports for national and international bodies, including UNAIDS, the Department of Health and the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency. She is a longstanding member of the editorial board of the Human Rights Law Review, associate editor of BMC Health & Human Rights, and coeditor of the Hart book series, Law and Health. For a number of years she also acted as an advisor to the British Council.

    Awards for her work have come from a range of sources. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Holding Redlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Monash University, a Visiting Research Professor at the Law & Innovation Group at Newcastle University, and both a Jean Monnet Fellow and a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute in Italy. Her work has also won awards from two of the UK's Research Councils and from the Canadian High Commission.

    Thérèse mentors three postdoctoral research fellows. The fellows--funded by the ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Commission's Marie Sklodowska-Curie scheme--are part of the Health & Human Rights Unit, which Thérèse established at Queen's Belfast.


    Thérèse holds a university prize for teaching, the Lord Dearing Award for Teaching & Learning. 

    She has wide-ranging expertise in the successful design and delivery of law modules, including more than 20 years' experience leading compulsory courses for beginning law students. She also led the team that introduced Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights, the first such option on a Taught Masters programme in the UK. And she has been a pioneer in the provision of popular skills programmes for law students at all levels. 

    Thérèse supervises seven PhD students on topics ranging from a rights-based approach to privatisation of healthcare, to gender stereotyping and the exclusion of pregnant schoolgirls. She welcomes expressions of interest from prospective students who want to conduct original and significant work in one of her areas of expertise.


    Thérèse studied law at University College Dublin and Cambridge University, and became a member of King's Inns, Dublin where she was admitted to the Bar.

    She joined Queen's in 2015; prior to this she was Professor of Law and co-director of the Economic & Social Rights Unit at the University of Nottingham. 

    Frequent Journals

    • Social and Legal Studies

      ISSNs: 0964-6639

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1461-7390

      SAGE Publications

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.16 SJR 0.295 SNIP 0.968


    • Feminist Legal Studies

      ISSNs: 0966-3622

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1572-8455

      Kluwer Law International

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.02 SJR 0.301 SNIP 0.689


    • British Journal of Criminology

      ISSNs: 0007-0955

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-3529

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.59 SJR 1.422 SNIP 2.243


    • Human Rights Law Review

      ISSNs: 1461-7781

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-1021

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.08 SJR 0.619 SNIP 1.945


    • Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

      ISSNs: 0029-3105, 0029-3105


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