Deborah is a Ph.D research fellow with the School of Law and Transitional Justice Institute. She holds a First Class Honours degree in Law with Accountancy from the University of Ulster where she graduated first in her year and delivered the Valedictorian speech. As part of her LLB she completed a dissertation on “The Rights of Cohabitees in Real Property.” During her undergraduate studies she represented the University of Ulster and won the Law Society of Northern Ireland Client Counselling Competition. She went on to represent Northern Ireland at the International finals in Las Vegas reaching the semi-finals. Deborah has worked in the public sector for 3 years and the private sector for 3 years, in both industry and legal practice. She carries out part-time teaching in the School of Law undergraduate programmes and serves on the Faculty of Social Sciences Research and Research Degrees Committee. She is currently undertaking research in the area of employment law and human rights. Her study focuses on the role of tribunal system, and in particular the OITFET in Northern Ireland, in the adjudication of employment disputes and the protection of employment rights.