Sarah Creedon


PhD Research Topic: Prosecuting High Level Offenders for the Crime of Rape under International Criminal Law: Are contemporary modes of liability suitable? 

Supervisor: Dr. Shane Darcy

Academic Background:

PhD Candidate, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway (expected 2018)

Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, Teanga an Dlí (Diploma in Irish with a legal focus), Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, National University of Ireland, Galway (2016)

LLM in International Human Rights Law, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway (2014)

BCL (Hons), Law, University College Cork (2009)

Research Interests:

International criminal law, criminal law (particularly regarding sexual offences) international human rights law, women’s rights.


Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship (Irish Research Council): October 2015-October 2018


‘‘The Exclusion Clause’ and the Intersection of International Criminal Law and the Refugee Convention’, Trinity College Law Review (2015), 84-109.

Conferences and Presentations:

  • The Bemba Judgment - Why Command Responsibility Is Not the International Criminal Court’s Saviour’ at the Women in War and at War Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes (September 2016);
  • ‘Rape and Superior Responsibility in International Criminal Law: A Challenge for Prosecutors?’ at the University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference (January 2016);
  • Seminar on 'Sexual Violence and the International Criminal Court’ to students of the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (August 2015).
  • 'The Failure to Prosecute Sexual Violence in Nazi-Occupied Europe: A Gendered Assessment' at the Symposium on Occupation, Transitional Justice and Gender’, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster (May 2015).
  • 'Charging Sexual Violence as Torture under the Rome Statute: Are the Geneva Conventions a useful tool for prosecuting sexual violence today?' at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, University of Warwick (March 2015).
  • 'The Role of Consent in the International Crime of Rape' at the 'Women's Leadership, Peace and Sustainable Livelihoods in the DRC and Region' symposium at NUI Galway (July 2014).

Relevant Experience: 

Case Reporter/Contributor, Oxford Reports on International Law (International Criminal Law Team);
Member of Editorial Committee, The Hague Justice Journal;
Lecturer & module coordinator on BA Connect programme at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (Introduction to Human Rights, Human Rights in Ireland). Guest lectures to undergraduate and masters students in the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Centre for Global Women’s Studies, NUI Galway;
Teaching instructor in criminology (2014) and law (2017) with the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland;
Admin experience- organiser of International Criminal Court Summer School 2016 & 2017, manages Irish Centre for Human Rights Facebook page;
Legal internship with Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, Cork City (2013).