About

LT headshotI have been a lecturer in law in the School of Law, University College Dublin since 2012. I studied (undergrad and PhD) in the Faculty of Law in UCC. Prior to taking up my position in UCD, I was Research and Policy Officer in the Irish Human Rights Commission (2008-9) and a lecturer in law in Ulster University. (2009-2012).

I have a strong interest in social justice and law, and I research in these areas. Much of my work to date has coalesced around:

  • Asylum and refugee law
  • Socio-economic rights law
  • European Convention on Human Rights Law
  • Rights of the child; and,
  • Legal systems

A full list to open access versions of all my publications can be found here.  Consultancy that I have conducted for a wide range of organisations is listed here. You can also explore my policy engagements and media contributions here. I served as a director and on the executive board of the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) for a five year period (2009-2014). I am currently serving as  on the board of directors  NASC, the Migrant & Refugee Rights Centre.

In UCD, I teach and co-teach on a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Introduction to the Irish Legal System (UG)Asylum and Refugee Law (G), International Human Rights Law (UG & G) and European Human Rights Law (UG). I was the founding Director of Clinical Legal Education in UCD School of Law (2012-2015) , where I established the Law School’s first placement module. From 2015 to 2017, I was Widening Participation Officer, where I took the lead on creating a QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) route into all UCD Law degrees.

You can contact me by email: liam.thornton@ucd.ie, by telephone on 00353 (0) 1 716 4129 or send a tweet to @LTlaw_ (direct messages open).

Pic credit: Ste Murray