Professor 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.


Children; Human Rights; Law; Youth

Recent Publications

  • Breen, C., & Gillespie, A. (2022). A century on from the 1919 influenza inquiry, NZ needs a royal commission into its COVID-19 response. Retrieved from

  • Breen, C. (2022). Fewer than 1% of New Zealand men take paid parental leave – would offering them more to stay at home help?. Retrieved from

  • Gillespie, A., & Breen, C. (2022). The parliament occupation is over – now New Zealand needs new laws to protect the ‘epicentre of its democracy’. Retrieved from

  • Breen, C. (2022). Recent COVID-19 court cases show New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act is not as strong as some might wish. Retrieved from

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