Established Professor Of Human Rights Law & Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights

The National University of Ireland Galway seeks to appoint a Professor of Human Rights Law and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, within the School of Law.

The Irish Centre for Human Rights has developed a global reputation for excellence in the field of human rights teaching, research and advocacy, which has enabled it to attract high quality students to its acclaimed postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Its success is reflected in the calibre and diversity of its doctoral and masters students in particular.

Graduates from the Centre's renowned doctoral programme have pursued successful careers in academia, as well as with international and non-governmental organisations. A particular hallmark of the Centre is the fact that many graduates are now well-established academics throughout the world, but especially in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and North America.

In filling the Established Professorship in Human Rights Law, NUI Galway is seeking a person with an international reputation for academic excellence in Human Rights Law combined with strong leadership skills who will complement the existing strengths of the Centre and enable it to develop new areas of activity in line with its future strategic priorities. S/he will normally have a doctoral- level degree in Human Rights Law and a substantial record of teaching and research, the later evidenced by substantial publications in the broad field of human rights. The post-holder will also be the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at a critical time in its development having enjoyed tremendous success, nationally and internationally, particularly since 2000.

Academic staff members of the Centre are engaged in research of high international standing in a number of fields including: human rights, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, peace operations, ethnic conflict, political violence and transitional justice, socio-legal studies, Islamic law, Middle Eastern studies and Business and Human Rights.

The post-holder, as the recognised leader of the sub-discipline of Human Rights in the School of Law, will contribute to the development of the education and research programmes of the School. The Established Professor of Human Rights Law, in his or her role as Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, will also contribute positively and proactively to the collective leadership of the School of Law. S/he will be expected to work with colleagues in the Irish Centre for Human Rights, the School of Law and other stakeholders to develop an ambitious Strategic Plan for the Centre reflecting the most relevant emphases of the University’s current strategic plan, Vision 2020.

In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of an Established Professor the post-holder should also have the following qualities:

  • Evidence of an ability to converse across disciplines with a view to increasing the collaborative involvements of the Irish Centre for Human Rights;
  • Strong capacity for engagement of an ‘ambassadorial’ kind, nationally and internationally;
  • Maintain and enhance the standing of the ICHR as a hub of postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral research in the field of human rights law;
  • Capacity to mentor and manage so as to enable high performance by the staff of the Centre in a spirit of collegiality;
  • Maintain and enhance the reputation of the ICHR for achieving high-level public policy impact, nationally and internationally with a proven capacity for effective media engagement;
  • A willingness to cultivate an exceptional network of alumni with global reach as partners in enhancing graduate career development and future student recruitment.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Donncha O’Connell, Head of the School of Law, NUI Galway, Email or telephone: +353 (0)91 492388.

Additional information on the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway is available at:
Information on the University's Strategic Plan is available at:

€106,515 to €136,275
(This appointment will be made on the Established Professor scale in line with current Government pay policy)
(For pre 1995 public sector entrants in Ireland, the D class Salary rates will apply)

Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on Thursday, 20th October 2016. It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.

Garda vetting may apply.

Appointments will be conditional on work authorisation validation. Further details are available at

Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon University approval, together with the terms of the Employment Control Framework for the higher education sector.

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.