I have offered legal consultancy to a wide range of organisations on issues of human rights in the political system, human rights law in courts, and human rights impact analysis. Much of my legal consultancy has been on a pro-bono basis, and I have also conducted legal consultancy for a fee.

Please get in touch if you have a legal consultancy project you would like to discuss within my broad areas of interest. Whether funded or pro-bono, I work to exacting standards to ensure the delivery of serviced research to organisations.


EUCFR ECHR ReportSuzanne Kingston and Liam Thornton, A Report on the Application of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights, (July 2015) 545pp. Client: Law Society of Ireland & Dublin Bar Solicitors Association. 

NIHRCGrainne McKeever and Liam Thornton “The Human Rights Implications of the Northern Ireland Welfare Reform Bill 2010-2012)” (June 2012), 68pp [confidential]. Client: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

IHRCSiobhan Mullally, Claire Cumiskey and Liam Thornton, “The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and Law of the European Union” (Dublin:  2008), 124 pp. [confidential]. Clients: Irish Human Rights Commission & Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Odys NetLiam Thornton, “Ireland’s Compliance with EU Asylum Directives (Qualification and Reception)” (2008, European Commission/Odysseus Network in Immigration and Asylum Law in the European Union),  98pp [confidential] Client: European Commission. 

Pro-Bono Consulting

CRALiam Thornton, “The Legal and Administrative Responsibility of the Department of Social Protection for Direct Provision Allowance Payments to Asylum Seekers” (May 2015), Confidential analysis. Client: Children’s Rights Alliance.


Liam Thornton, “Analysis of Proposed Reforms: Direct Provision and House Rules”, prepared for consultancy client (March 2015). Confidential. Client: Confidential.

JudgeColmLiam Thornton, Research & Legal Analysis for Saul Woolfson BL on system of direct provision, administrative law & human rights, in the case of C.A. & T.A. v Minister for Justice & Others [2014] IEHC 532 (January 2014 to March 2015). Confidential. Client: Saul Woolfson BL

End DPLiam Thornton, “Asylum Seekers, Local Elections and Access to Political Materials”, confidential advice, Client Paddy Dillion-Malone BL (May 2014).

Law Centre NILiam Thornton, “Children and Direct Provision in Ireland”, Confidential Report. Client Law Centre (NI), 12pp. (November 2013).

SeanadLiam Thornton (2013) Glossary of Terms: Irish Asylum Law. Client: Cross Party Group on Direct Provision (Seanad Eireann).