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  Ms Colleen Smyth

  PhD Student

  Room 21D46, Dalriada House

  University of Ulster


  Co. Antrim

   BT37 0QB

   Ph: +44(0)2890 368061

   Email: smyth-c@email.ulster.ac.uk


Colleen graduated with an LLB in Law with Government at the University of Ulster in 2007 before progressing to the LL.M in Human Rights Law programme at the Transitional Justice Institute in the same year. Colleen achieved a distinction mark in her LL.M dissertation entitled, “Correcting Mistakes in the United Kingdom in a State of Perpetual Emergency: The Evolution/ Repetition of Pre-Charge Detention Practices?”, which looked at pre-trial detention practices in the UK in relation to Northern Irish terrorism and pre-trial detention practices as a prevention of terrorism tactic post 2000.  Upon completing her LL.M in 2008, Colleen worked as Project Co-ordinator on the Inquiries Observation Project for the Transitional Justice Institute and commissioning non-governmental organisations – the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) and British Irish RIGHTS WATCH. The project followed the progress of hearings for three local public inquiries into collusion: the Billy Wright Inquiry; the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry; and the Robert Hamill Inquiry. The project completed in August 2010. Colleen is currently a first-year PhD fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute exploring the use of Public Inquiries as a Transitional Justice Mechanism in Northern Ireland.

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