Sally Anne Corcoran

PhD R‌esearch Topic
The Impact of Women on the Protection of Human Rights in Peacekeeping.
Dr. Niamh Reilly

2) Academic Background

The National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) Irish Center for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Candidate Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In International Human Rights Law expected 2019.  

MA, International Relations/Economics/Law. John Hopkins University (1996)
Graduate Diploma. International Studies. Bologna. (1995)
Certificate. 25th Annual Study Session. L’Institute International de Droits de L’Homme (1994)
Audited European Economic Integration Post Graduate Program. L’Universidad Pontificia ICADE (1991)
B.A International Relations. American University. (1990)


Research Interests

Human rights, peacekeeping, gender, trafficking in women, post conflict operations, UN Security Council Resolutions: 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2122, 2106 & 2122, structural and systemic gender inequalities


Conferences and presentations:

  • Conference on Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Interventions in conjunction with the Launch of the Irish DEFENCE FORCES REVIEW in association with the School of Political Science and Sociology, and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, November 2018
  • As a member of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) Gender Advisory Team, representing the Cyprus mission, and the Gender Focal Point of UNFICYP, I gave frequent presentations on gender issues in-situ both internally, to all categories of UN staff (I was responsible for all gender related and sexual exploitation and abuse training), and externally to partners such as universities and NGOs on both the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot sides, in relation to UN policy regarding gender. My activities as the Mission’s Gender Focal Point led to the first bi-communal women’s panel in 2005 which lead to the Women’s Bi-communal Policy Group, a forum for ensuring that women were represented at the table in the on-going peace process. Lastly, in relation to that same function, I chaired UN panels consisting of local politicians and academics on three consecutive International Women's Days. (See "linked in" profile for more specifics.) 


Relevant Experience

I have had seventeen-year career in the United Nations, from 1994 to 2011, chiefly as a Human Rights Officer and political analyst and accumulated a breadth of practical experience related to human rights, peacekeeping and gender related issues, all relevant to my PhD research proposal. My postings included one year as the Political Assistant of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and stints in UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the UN Secretariat, all in Geneva Switzerland. My field assignments included Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Eastern Slavonia, (now Croatia) and Cyprus. All of my UN postings included a gender and human rights component.  


Scholarships and Awards:

 Awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship in partnership with the Irish Research Council.


  •  "UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325: Equity, Empowerment and Efficiency" Irish Defence Forces Review November 2018: Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Interventions  
  •  UN Gender paper, February 2008, UNFICYP Cyprus, seconded to UNV Nicosia for the project. Concrete recommendations towards an increase in the percentage of women serving in the field with the United Nations from a UN system perspective.
  • UN internal paper presenting a comprehensive anti trafficking plan for Cyprus, 2008. My research on this issue was sought by the US Embassy to inform their own research related to their annual Trafficking in Persons report and by several of the Nordic Embassy’s on the island, as gender related issues were among their foreign policy priorities.