Shannonbrooke Murphy


PhD Candidate, Middlesex University School of Law (current).
LLM (International Human Rights Law), National University of Ireland Galway, 2006.
BA(Hons) (Peace and Conflict Studies), University of Toronto, 2000.

Awards and Scholarships

Shannonbrooke Murphy - 242First Class Honours (LLM) 2006.
High Distinction (BA Hons) 2000.
Nominee, Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal 2000.
Recipient, St. Michael's College Gold Medal for Academic Excellence, University of Toronto, 2000.
Recipient, McGovern Scholarship, University of Toronto 1999-2000.
Recipient, University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Sciences Scholarship 1998-1999 and 1999-2000.
Recipient, St. Patrick's Benevolent Society Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1998.
University of Toronto Dean's List Scholar: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000.

Current Research

Doctoral thesis:The Right to Resist in International and Constitutional Law Supervised by Professor William Schabas and Professor Joshua Castellino.

Using doctrinal and comparative analysis, this research aims to advance understanding of the concept of the human right to resist and its position in positive law, with a view to upgrading its status in the international human rights lexicon.

Research Interests

Public international law
Human rights law
Comparative constitutional law
International security law (from a human security perspective) Self-determination law Enforcement of political rights Enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights


WA Schabas and S Murphy (eds) Research Handbook on International Courts and Tribunals (forthcoming: Edward Elgar Publishing 2013).

S Murphy 'The Right to Resist Reconsidered' in DP Keane and Y McDermott (eds) The Challenge of Human Rights: Past, Present and Future (Edward Elgar Publishing 2012).

S Murphy 'Unique in International Human Rights Law: Article 20(2) and the Right to Resist in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights' (2011) 11(2) African Human Rights Law Journal 465.

Conference Papers

'The Right to Rebel: A Review of the Legal Concept and the Positive Law' (Revolution in the Air, 9 Bedford Row Chambers International, Middlesex University and BCL Burton Copeland Solicitors, Chatham House, London, November 2012).

'Codifying the Right to Resist in International Law' (What Has International Law to Say About Revolution? European Society of International Law Interest Group on Peace and Security, Valencia, September 2012).

'Unique in International Human Rights Law: Article 20(2) and the Right to Resist in the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights' (30 Years of the the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights: Looking Forward While Looking Back, University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights and African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Pretoria, July 2011).

'The Right to Resist Reconsidered' (10th Anniversary Conference: Forgotten Rights, Forgotten Concepts, National University of Ireland Galway Irish Centre for Human Rights, November 2010).

'The Right to Resist: Does it Exist?' (The Promise of Law – Political Claims and the Boundaries of Justice, University College Cork Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, April 2009).

'The Elephant in the Room: The Right to Resist in International Human Rights Law' (Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, De Montfort University Leicester, April 2009).

'Expressing Political Dissent and Defending Human Rights Through Action' (Beyond Words – Freedom of Expression and its Contemporary Challenges, University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, March 2009).

Teaching Experience

Shannonbrooke Murphy has taught public interest and human rights advocacy to undergraduates and postgraduates at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) since 2006. She currently teaches the core module 'Advocacy Theory and Practice' she developed for the MA in Public Advocacy programme.

Since 2009 she has periodically delivered lectures and seminars to LLM students at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG on the topics of the human right to resist, political rights and derogation regimes, and legal research methods. Since 2010 she has delivered lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students at NUIG on the topic of health and human rights and on the human right to healthcare in international and domestic law.

Other Professional Experience

Shannonbrooke currently serves as Special Advisor on Constitutional Change for the Irish political party Sinn Féin, and to its delegation in the Irish Constitutional Convention. She also acts as legal advisor to the party's negotiating team regarding the Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, provided for under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, and in 2008 she was herself a delegate to the all-party/civil society Bill of Rights Forum established by the St. Andrew's Agreement.

Since 2005 Shannonbrooke has served as Sinn Féin's National Director of Policy. In that capacity she has provided leadership in an important area of post-peace agreement democratic capacity building, by guiding the development of a broad spectrum of economic and social policies that constitute a programme for rights-based governance. She previously acted as a principal advisor to the party's three parliamentary teams (Oireachtas or Irish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly and EU Parliament), in the justice, equality, human rights and international/EU affairs portfolios. She served on the party's Executive Council (Ard Chomhairle) for five years before stepping down in 2011 to devote more time to her doctoral research.

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