PhD candidate / guest
Justine has been an external PhD candidate at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Leiden since October 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin and a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Justine has been called to the bar in New York and also in Ireland, where she practiced as a barrister for more than six years. During her time in practice as a lawyer in Ireland, she worked as a researcher on the European Commission funded Equal Jus Project based at the University of Udine in Italy, co-financed by the European Commission Programme ‘Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 2007-2013’, supported by partners in Italy, France, Poland and Lithuania.
Her doctoral thesis addresses the use of legal mobilization strategies by the European LGBT rights movement with reference to litigation and mobilization in the European Union and Council of Europe as well as at national level. Her research interests include social movement mobilization, European integration and Europeanization. Justine has lectured in law in Ireland for many years, and has presented papers at Cornell Law School, the European University Institute and at a seminar in the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Justine attended the University of California Berkeley as a visiting doctoral scholar in 2013 and Trinity College Dublin in 2014/15.