Caroline Sweeney


 
researcher

Biography

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.

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 Critical Approaches to International Law Symposium 2019, Griffith College Dublin
Caroline Sweeney (2019) The Contemporary Ramifications of Syria’s Imperial Encounter Critical Approaches to International Law Symposium 2019, Griffith College Dublin [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2019,
Caroline Sweeney (2019) Accountability for atrocities committed in Syria: an unattainable ideal?. [Invited Oral Presentation], Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference 2019, University of Leeds [Details]
2018 at Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2018,
Caroline Sweeney (2018) An examination of the lawfulness of the actual and threatened use of force against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. [Invited Oral Presentation], at Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2018, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
2016 17th Annual Student Human Rights Conference: UN Human Rights Council Ten Years On,
Caroline Sweeney (2016) Can you teach an old dog new tricks: has the UN Human Rights Council overcome the Commission's Credibility Deficit?. [Invited Oral Presentation], 17th Annual Student Human Rights Conference: UN Human Rights Council Ten Years On, University of Nottingham [Details]
2016 International Criminal Court Summer School,
Caroline Sweeney (2016) Annual week long summer school on the International Criminal Court. [Conference Organising Committee Member], International Criminal Court Summer School, NUI Galway [Details]
2016 15th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway,
Caroline Sweeney (2016) The impact of alliances and counter-alliances on the armed conflict in Syria. [Invited Oral Presentation], 15th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway [Details]
2015 14th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway,
Caroline Sweeney (2015) The historic contribution of influential external actors to regime resilience and an underlying potential for instability and sectarian violence in Syria. [Invited Oral Presentation], 14th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway [Details]
2014 13th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway,
Caroline Sweeney (2014) The protection of children from the effects of armed conflict: recent events in Syria as a case study. [Invited Oral Presentation], 13th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway [Details]
2013 Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization,
Caroline Sweeney (2013) Inaugural Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Summer School on Human Rights, Migration and Globalization, NUI Galway [Details]
2013 12th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway,
Caroline Sweeney (2013) Breaking the Cycle: the case for prioritising children in principle and practice as a means of combating the disproportionate effect of armed conflict on children. [Invited Oral Presentation], 12th Annual Doctoral Seminar at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway [Details]
2010 Mastering Law Conference: Conflicts, Challenges and Solutions in Today’s Society,
Caroline Sweeney (2010) Various Actors in Modern Armed Conflict. [Invited Oral Presentation], Mastering Law Conference: Conflicts, Challenges and Solutions in Today’s Society, NUI Galway [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
2016 Alliances, Counter-alliances and Complexities in the Syrian Armed Conflict.
Caroline Sweeney (2016) Alliances, Counter-alliances and Complexities in the Syrian Armed Conflict. Invited Lectures [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Hardiman Research Scholarship NUI Galway
2018 Write Up Bursary NUI Galway

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /
Socio-Legal Studies Association Member /
European Society of International Law Member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2018 NUI Galway PhD An Investigation of the Relationship between International Law, International Politics and the State using Syria as a Case Study
2010 NUI Galway LLM International Human Rights Law