Dr Gene Carolan


Gene Carolan graduated with a BCL from Maynooth University in 2011. He subsequently obtained an LLM from Maynooth in 2012, and submitted his PhD thesis in September 2017.

In November 2016, Gene was awarded the NUI EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law for his research on peace agreement design and the law. He has previously received a Certificate in Mediation from the European Security and Defence College, and has presented aspects of his research to EU personnel working on military and diplomatic missions tied to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy. Gene has served as a Parliamentary Assistant to two Senators of the Irish Houses of Oireachtas, and has conducted research on children’s rights in Europe in support of the Council of Europe’s One in Five campaign.

Gene lectures in European Human Rights, Asylum & Immigration Law, and Contract Law on DIT’s law programmes.

Human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law, peace agreements, transitional justice, conflict analysis.

  • ‘Solving the Moro Problem: Legalizing the Bangsamoro Peace Process’ (2016) 8(3) Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.
  • ‘Botched Raid, Missing Stakeholders Mar Philippines Peace Process,’ World Politics Review (12 February 2015). Available online.
  • ‘Their Day in Court: The Right of Children to be Seen and Heard in Judicial Matters Affecting Them’ (2013) 31(7) Irish Law Times 103.
  • The ELSA for Children Legal Research Group, ‘ELSA for Children Final Report’ (2012). Available online.


  • ‘A “Peace-Meal” Approach to Peace-Making in Sudan,’ (9 September 2016) Annual Conference of the Conflict Research Society, Trinity College Dublin.
  • ‘Conflict Analysis Workshop,’ (4 June 2015) EU Common Security and Defence Policy Orientation Conference, Chisinau, Moldova.
  • ‘Who to Include and What to Provide? An Examination of Peace Agreement Design in the Philippines,’ (25 May 2015) Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queens University Belfast.
  • ‘Human Rights Guarantees and Transitional Justice Mechanisms in the Bangsamoro Peace Process,’ (27 April 2015) Annual Doctoral Seminar, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway.
  • ‘Mightier than the Sword: Peace Agreement Design & the Law,’ (7 November 2014) Postgraduate Research Conference, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster.
  • ‘Bending the Law, Keeping the Peace,’ (5 September 2014) International Mediation Conference, Edward M Kennedy Institute, Maynooth University.


  • NUI EJ Phelan Fellowship in International Law (August 2016)
  • Certificate in Mediation (July 2015) – European Security and Defence College.
  • John & Pat Hume Scholarship in Law at NUI Maynooth (October 2013).
  • Peadar McCann Award for Creative and Performing Arts (November 2012)
  • Undergraduate Politics Prize at Maynooth University (October 2011).
  • Highly Commended – Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland (September 2011).