Sue Conlan – BA (Hons) Law, LLM
Sue Conlan has specialised exclusively in the field of international migration, asylum and human rights for 30 years and has a combination of experience in both NGOs and legal practice alongside training, research, consultancy, advocacy, media and public speaking on migration and asylum issues and wider human rights issues. NGOs include the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) from 1987 – 1990 and, more recently, with the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) in Dublin from February 2010 – June 2016.
Sue spent 17 years in legal practice in the UK, specialising in asylum and immigration from 1993 – 2010. She returned to the UK in June 2016 after more than six years as the CEO of the IRC during which time she began work with Irish haulage companies who had been fined by the UK Border Force for having migrants found in lorries in Calais and Dunkirk. Sue returned to legal practice as a Senior Associate with Fountain solicitors in October 2016. She has a particular interest in internal immigration controls and the use of citizens, as corporate bodies or individuals, to enforce immigration controls.
Sue has also undertaken research on the link between immigration control and ‘public funds’ in the UK, migration and people smuggling, decision making in asylum cases, and is currently undertaking a PhD on the response of Ireland and the UK to asylum seekers in the context of their bilateral relationship and membership of the EU.