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Dr. Caroline Sweeney


Caroline is a graduate of NUI Galway (PhD, 2018; LLM in International Human Rights Law, 2010) and UL (LLB in Law and European Studies, 2003). Prior to her appointment, Caroline worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the Institute of Technology Carlow and as a Part-time Lecturer in Law at Athlone Institute of Technology. Caroline also worked as a doctoral fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway whilst completing her doctoral studies. Her doctoral thesis investigated the relationship between international law, international politics and the state using Syria as a case study. She was awarded a Hardiman Research Scholarship and a Write Up Bursary by NUI Galway to complete her doctoral studies. Caroline has taught in areas, including Human Rights Law, Farm Business Law, Introduction to the Irish Legal System and Employment Law. Caroline has also worked as a Human Rights Legal Assistant at the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN, Geneva and as a Senior Company Secretarial Administrator with Northern Trust.

Research Interests

Caroline's core research interests lie in the areas of international human rights law, third world approaches to international law, international criminal law, and the history and politics of Syria.

Professional Activities


  • 2018 - Write Up Bursary
  • 2012 - Hardiman Research Scholarship


  • 2018 NUI Galway - PhD
  • 2010 NUI Galway - LLM


  • Member, Irish Association of Law Teachers
  • Member, European Society of International Law
  • Member, Socio-Legal Studies Association