Dr. Annabel Egan

Dr Annabel Egan

Annabel is a human rights specialist with a Ph. D in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, an M. Litt in Management, Economics and Politics from St. Andrews University Scotland and over 10 years of practical experience working with government agencies and NGOs to promote human rights in Ireland and overseas.

 Annabel has been working as an independent human rights consultant since 2013 specialising in the promotion of human rights as an objective of foreign policy as well as the rights of children and persons with disabilities.  Annabel was appointed as a member of the Mental Health Tribunals in 2016.

 From 2009-2013, Annabel was the lead researcher on the €1.5 million EU-China Human Rights Seminars Project funded by the European Union at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. As part of her responsibilities Annabel was engaged by the European External Action Service to evaluate the EU approach to engagement with China on human rights from 1995-2013, with a particular emphasis on the EU-China Human Rights Seminars process. Along with her doctoral research, the findings of this evaluation form the basis of her forthcoming book ‘Constructive Engagement and Human Rights: The case of EU policy on China (Ashgate: London, 2017).

 Prior to commencing her doctoral studies at Irish Centre for Human Rights in 2006, Annabel was Head of Press and Communications for the European Commission Delegation to China and Mongolia from 2004-2006, a freelance journalist in China from 2001-2004 and as a broadcast journalist with RTÉ from 1997-2000.