Suzanne Egan is a lecturer in International and European Human Rights Law at the School of Law in University College Dublin since 1992. She is a qualified barrister and holds a Master of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Prior to lecturing at UCD, she was the Legal Supervisor of an independent research centre on refugee law and policy in Canada (1989-1991) and a Research Assistant at the Law Reform Commission in Ireland (1991-1992). She is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Refugee Council. She has engaged in human rights training for various non-governmental organisations, the Council of Europe as well as members of the legal profession. She was appointed by the government in 2000 to serve as a Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission and was subsequently re-appointed for a second term in 2006.