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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 new health technologies and human rights. She is also interested in human rights method.

    Achievements and Distinctions

    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 Dr Mark Flear, Professor Anne-Maree Farrell and Professor 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 Professors 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, and for many years she 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, 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.

    Therese supervises six research students, and mentors two post-doctoral research fellows.The fellows form part of the Health & Human Rights Unit, which she established at QUB Law in late 2015.





    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. For more than two decades, she has led compulsory courses on legal methods and skills for beginning law students. On the postgraduate side, she led the team that introduced Gender, Sexuality & Human Rights, the first such option on a Taught Masters programme in the UK. She has also been a pioneer in the provision of popular skills programmes for law students at all levels. 


    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-Head of the Economic & Social Rights Unit at the University of Nottingham. 

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    Frequent Journals

    • Social and Legal Studies

      ISSNs: 0964-6639

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1461-7390

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.19 SJR 0.45 SNIP 1.096


    • Feminist Legal Studies

      ISSNs: 0966-3622

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1572-8455

      Kluwer Law International

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 0.73 SJR 0.239 SNIP 0.643


    • British Journal of Criminology

      ISSNs: 0007-0955

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-3529

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 2.68 SJR 1.828 SNIP 2.153


    • Human Rights Law Review

      ISSNs: 1461-7781

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-1021

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2017): CiteScore 1.31 SJR 0.756 SNIP 2.106


    • Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly

      ISSNs: 0029-3105, 0029-3105


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