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Anna-Marie Brennan

Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool

Anna Marie joined the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in law in September 2014. Her PhD entitled "The Accountability of Transnational Armed Groups under International Law" was awarded in early 2015 without corrections. Before joining the law school she held an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Fellowship and was based at University College Cork in Ireland where she lectured Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Business Law and Public Law. During the course of her doctoral research Anna Marie was also awarded the President James Slattery Gold Medal in Law, the Aidan Synnott Prize and a UCC Faculty of Law PhD Fellowship.

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 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.

In the past, Anna Marie has worked on the defence team of Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and has also assisted on drafting the final judgment in the Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo case at the International Criminal Court. She has also held visiting positions at The Hague Academy of International Law (2011), the University of Cambridge (2011 and 2012), Harvard Law School (2012), TMC Asser Institute for International Law (2013)and VU University Amsterdam (2014).

She is currently the Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool