Thérèse Murphy is professor of law and director of the Health & Human Rights Unit at Queen’s University Belfast. She is also chairperson of the European Master’s on Human Rights and Democratisation, and serves on the governing council of the Global Campus of Human Rights, a network of 100 universities educating the next generation of human rights professionals.
A former Fulbright fellow, Thérèse studied law at University College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, and was admitted to the bar at King’s Inns, Dublin.
Her field of expertise is human rights law and practice, with particular interests in health, science and technology. Working with UNESCO and the Global Campus of Human Rights, she was part of the team that created the world’s first free online course on science and human rights.
Thérèse’s public-service roles include being a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. Appointed by the President of the European Commission, this independent, multidisciplinary body advises on policies where ethical, social and fundamental rights issues intersect with science and technology. She also sits as a member of Ireland’s national research ethics committee on medical devices and Northern Ireland’s Health & Social Care Clinical Ethics Forum. Previously, she was a member of the Moral & Ethical Advisory Group established by the Department of Health and Social Care in London.
As the Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law 2022-2024, she is leading a project on the future of human rights.