Dr Claire Breen

Professor (Law)

Qualifications: BCL NUI LLM PhD Nott

About Me

Dr Breen holds a BCL from the National University of Ireland (University College Cork). She also holds an LLM (International Law) and a PhD from the University of Nottingham.

Papers I Teach

Research Interests

  • Public Law & Social Justice
  • International Law

Claire Breen’s current research interests focus upon the confluence of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, with a particular interest in States' legal obligations arising from post-conflict reconstruction. Dr Breen has previously published extensively in the area of children's rights.

Dr Breen is currently supervising doctoral candidates and has supervised LLM students in the past. She continues to welcome applications for doctoral and graduate supervision for any subject within international human rights law, international humanitarian law and the laws relating to peace operations.


Human Rights; Law

Recent Publications

  • Gillespie, A., & Breen, C. (2021). The Security Intelligence Agencies in New Zealand: evolution, challenges and progress. Intelligence and National Security. doi:10.1080/02684527.2021.1901409

  • Breen, C. (2021). What will happen to suspected Kiwi terrorist's children? Expert outlines the potential solutions | Newshub Nation. In HewsHub Nation. Retrieved from

  • Breen, C. (2020). Vaccine hesitancy in New Zealand. In Radio New Zealand. Retrieved from

  • Breen, C., Krutzinna, J., Luhamaa, K., & Skivenes, M. (2020). Family life for children in State care An analysis of the European Court of Human Rights’ reasoning on adoption without consent. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 28(4). doi:10.1163/15718182-28040001

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Breen, Prof Claire 6037 cbreen N.4.12 Te Piringa Faculty of Law

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