Dr Anna-Marie Brennan
Qualifications: BCLGA, LLB, LLM, PhD
Anna Marie Brennan joined the University of Waikato as a senior lecturer in law in July 2018. Before joining the law school she held a lectureship at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom where she lectured International Criminal Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, Critical Issues in the Law of the Sea, Commercial Law, Company Law, Selected Issues in the Theory of Criminal Law and Introduction to the English Legal System and Skills. Her book entitled 'Transnational Terrorist Groups and International Criminal Law' was published by Routledge in 2018.
In 2015, she completed her doctorate (awarded without corrections) at University College Cork in Ireland where she was also a member of the Executive Board for the UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights. In addition, she has held visiting positions at Symbiosis Law School (2016), University of Belgrade (2015), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2014), the International Criminal Court (2014), TMC Asser Institute for International Law (2013), Harvard Law School (2012-2013) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (2011 and 2012).
During her PhD, she was awarded an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, the President James Slattery Gold Medal in Law, a UCC Law Faculty PhD Scholarship and the Aidan Synnott Prize to study at The Hague Academy of International Law. She has worked at the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Chief State Solicitor and the Child Law Clinic (UCC) in Ireland. More recently, she has worked on the defence team of Radovan Karadzic at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and as a visiting professional to Judge Sylvia Steiner, the presiding judge, on the Jean Pierre Bemba Gombo trial at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands.
She is currently a peer reviewer for Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Journal of Law and Society, The Law Teacher: International Journal of Legal Education, Cork Online Law Review, Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law, Hibernian Law Journal, Melbourne Journal of International Law and UCD Law Review
Anna Marie specialises in international law, in particular international criminal law, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. In her research, she is particularly interested in the limits of international criminal law in bringing members of network-based transnational terrorist groups and collective entities to justice. She also has a keen interest in international peace and security, the use of force, counter-terrorism and the limits of International Humanitarian Law in regulating armed conflict situations involving armed groups such as ISIS and the protection of animals on the battlefield.
Brennan, A. (2021). Future-proofing international criminal law. Complexity theory perspectives on collective entity accountability. In E. Palmer, M. Clark, & E. Bikundo (Eds.), Futures of International Criminal Law (pp. 1-22). United Kingdom: Routledge.
Brennan, A. (2019). Exploring the accountability of leaders of armed opposition groups under International Law. The Hague Yearbook of International Law, 23 (2010), 223-268.
Brennan, A. (2019). [Review of Weighing Lives in War by Jens Ohlin, Larry May and Claire Finkelstein, (eds)]. Leiden Journal of International Law, 32(2), 337-340. doi:10.1017/S0922156519000037
Brennan, A. M. (2018). Prospects for prosecuting non-state armed groups under International Criminal Law: Prospects from Complexity Theory. In J. Murray, T. E. Webb, & S. Wheatley (Eds.), Complexity Theory and Law Mapping an Emergent Jurisprudence (pp. 129-148). Routledge.