Dr. Róisín Burke

Assistant Professor
International and European Law

Dr Róisín Burke is an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM). She teaches in the masters and bachelors programmes, including on Public International Law, Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice, and on Women, Peace and Security. Róisín’s present and past work, publications and teaching have cut across the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights law, policing, peace operations, rule of law programming in conflict-affected states and gender justice, and public international law. She has broadly published in these areas and presented at international conferences and workshops globally.  


Róisín is currently collaborating with the University of Tokyo Humanities Centre, on a project related to African Union (AU) regulatory frameworks and UN-AU partnerships. Most recently she has published on legal pluralism, rule of law programming and gender justice in Somalia, and on the Nagorno-Karabakh territorial dispute. She has worked as a consultant on projects related to gender, human rights, IHL, mercenaries, and peace-building with NGOs, and international and regional bodies. Previously she was a Senior Law Lecturer (above the bar) at the University of Canterbury, and worked as Political Advisor to the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the UN. She completed a doctorate at the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne Law School in 2012 titled, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Military Contingents: Moving Beyond the Status Quo and Responsibility under International Law. The resultant monograph was published by Brill in 2014. Róisín holds a LLB in Law and European Studies (UL), an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUIG), and she is admitted as an Attorney in New York State.