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Dr Ciara Smyth PhD, LL.M, LL.B, B.A.
Ciara Smyth is a lecturer in the School of Law where she teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights and Immigration Law. She also teaches Refugee Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She is director of the PhD programme in the School of Law.
Ciara holds a PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands, for which she was awarded a Max Van Der Stoel Human Rights award in 2013; an LL.M in Human Rights (with distinction) from Queen's University Belfast; and an LL.B and B.A. from NUI Galway.
Ciara conducts research in the field of asylum, immigration and citizenship and is particularly interested in the intersection between asylum law and human rights law. Her focus for the past number of years has been on the compatibility of the EU Common European Asylum System with the rights of the child.
Prior to joining the School of Law, Ciara worked for a number of non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations in Ireland and abroad, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She continues to be active in civil society, conducting regular training seminars and classes for asylum practitioners and contributing to public discussion on immigration and asylum matters. Ciara was a member of the Board of the Irish Refugee Council from 2012-2015. In October 2014 Ciara was appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality to the Working Group on the Protection Process, which is tasked with making recommendations to government about how the Irish protection process can be improved.
| Ciara researches in the area of asylum, immigration and citizenship. She is particularly interested in how asylum law and human rights law intersect. She has spent the past number of years focusing on the EU Common European Asylum System and whether it is compatible with the rights of the child in international law.
|Ciara Smyth (2014) European Asylum Law and the Rights of the Child. Oxford: Routledge. [Details]|
|Ciara Smyth (2014) 'Children, Direct Provision and the European Convention on Human Rights' In: Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton and Judy Walsh (eds). Ireland and the European Convention on Human Rights, 60 Years and Beyond. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2012) 'The Best Interests of the Immigrant Child in the European Courts: Problems and Prospects' In: Lodders and Rodrigues (eds). Het Kind in het Immigratierecht. The Hague: Publicatiereeks Instituut voor Immigratierecht. [Details]|
|Smyth, C. and O'Connell, D. (2006) 'The Irish Citizenship Referendum 2004: A Solution in Search of a Problem?' In: Shah and Menski (eds). Migration, Diasporas and Legal Systems. London and New York: Routledge Cavendish. [Details]|
|O'Connell D., and Smyth, C. (2003) 'Citizenship and the Irish Constitution' In: Ursula Fraser and Colin Harvey (eds). Sanctuary in Ireland, Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy. Dublin, Ireland: Institute of Public Administration. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Ciara Smyth (2015) 'The best interests of the child in the expulsion and first-entry jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights: How principled is the Court's use of the principle?'. European Journal of Migration and Law, 17 (1). [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2013) 'Is the Right of the Child to Liberty Safeguarded in the Common European Asylum System?'. European Journal of Migration and Law, 15 (2):111-136. [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2010) 'Why is it So Difficult to Promote a Rights-Based Approach to Immigration?'. Irish Human Rights Law Review, 1 . [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2005) 'Refugee Status Determination of Separated Children: International Developments and the Irish Response, Part II - The Asylum Procedure''. Irish Journal Of Family Law, 2 . [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2005) 'Refugee Status Determination of Separated Children: International Developments and the Irish Response, Part I - The Refugee Definition''. Irish Journal Of Family Law, 1 . [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (1999) 'Does the Statute of the International Criminal Court Deal Adequately with the Problem of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict? A Critique and Recommendations for the Future'. Occasional Paper Queen'S University Belfast, (8). [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2007) 'International Perspectives on the D Case' Law Society Gazette 101 . [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2003) Advocacy Paper No. 3: The Citizenship Referendum, Issues, Observations and Concerns. National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2012) Four Damning Indictments of the Irish Asylum System. Blog [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2012) The Children's Referendum and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Blog [Details]|
|Ciara Smyth (2013) 'Is the treatment of asylum-seeking children in direct provision contrary to the ECHR?', paper presented at conference organised by the UCD School of Law, titled 'The ECHR and Ireland: 60 years and beyond'. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Ciara Smyth (2014) The best interests of the child and the Common European Asylum System, paper presented at European Database of Asylum Law Conference organised by the Irish Refugee Council and the Irish Centre for European Law. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2012) The Best Interests of the Immigrant Child in the European Courts: Problems and Prospects, paper presented at conference on The Rights of the Immigrant Child, Institute of Immigration Law, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2007) Overview of EU and Forthcoming Irish Legislation and Policy on Immigration, paper presented at North-South roundtable discussion on immigration law, National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2007) Protection Aspects of the Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill, paper presented at conference, New Rules for the New Irish, Law Society of Ireland. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2005) The Future of Subsidiary Protection in Ireland, paper presented at conference, The Future for Refugee Law in Ireland, Irish Centre for Human Rights. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2005) How the Law in Ireland Perceives Immigrants, paper presented at Parnell Summer School, Ireland from the Margins. Conference Paper [Details]|
|Smyth, C. (2005) The Right to Vote and Participate in Local Elections: Citizens' Right or Human Right? Paper presented at conference on Citizens, Non-Citizens and Voting Rights in Europe, University of Edinburgh. Conference Paper [Details]|
|O'Connell, D. and Smyth, C. (2004) The Irish Citizenship Referendum: Two Solutions in Search of a Problem, paper presented at workshop, The Challenge of Migration to Legal Systems, W.G. Hart Legal Workshop, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. Conference Paper [Details]|
Non Published Reports
|Smyth, C. (2008) National report on the domestic implementation of EC immigration and asylum directives. Directive on Family Reunification, Directive on Victims of Trafficking, Directive on Mutual Recognition of Expulsion Decisions), Odysseus Network, (for the European Commission). Non Published Reports [Details]|
|Public International Law; International Protection of Human Rights; Refugee Law; Immigration Law|