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Dr Gillian Kane

Working Group(s):  Working Group on Internal Displacement Law and Policy (member) and Working Group on Courts and Refugee Protection (convenor)


Gillian is a Lecturer in the School of Law/Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, where she teaches international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and public law. Her research is broadly within the field of international migration law. Gillian completed her PhD research - on the role of international law in preventing and tackling human trafficking among refugees and asylum seekers - in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast where she also taught EU Law and Constitutional Law.  Prior to joining Ulster, Gillian was a Postdoctoral Researcher based at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, University of Galway, and worked on an Irish Research Council COALESCE project exploring human trafficking, forced migration and gender equality in Uganda. Gillian is co-chair of the Human Trafficking Research Network, (hosted by Ulster University School of Law), and a trustee at Chab Dai UK 

Within the Refugee Law Initiative, Gillian convenes the Working Group on the Role of Courts in Shaping Access to Asylum. This working group provides a space for academics and practitioners engaging with the decisions of international, regional, and domestic courts (and quasi-judicial adjudicative bodies) in their impact refugees and asylum seekers. It is a platform for discussion and the exchange of ideas, and a space where members can receive constructive feedback on work in progress.