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Dr Daragh Murray

Staff positionLecturer
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Daragh Murray is a lecturer at the Human Rights Centre & School of Law. His research focuses on issues relating to conflict and counter-terrorism, as regulated by the law of armed conflict and international human rights law. He has a particular interest in the regulation and engagement of non-State armed groups, and in the use of technology, particularly in a surveillance context. He is a former Government of Ireland IRCHSS Research Scholar, and has a PhD in Law from the University of Essex, an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and an MSc in Computer Security & Forensics from Dublin City University.

Daragh recently published ‘Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups’ with Hart Publishing. He also authored the 'Practitioner’s Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict' in conjunction with Dapo Akande, Charles Garraway, Francoise Hampson, Noam Lubell and Elizabeth Wilmshurst.

Daragh previously worked as head of the International Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, based in the Gaza Strip. In 2011, he served as Rapporteur for an Independent Civil Society Fact-Finding Mission to Libya, which visited western Libya in November 2011 in the immediate aftermath of the revolution. He is currently a member of the Human Rights Big Data & Technology Project, based at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, and teaches on the Peace Support Operations course run by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo.

Research interests

Armed Groups, Law of Armed Conflict, International Human Rights Law, Freedom of Expression, Public International Law, Technology, Counter-Terrorism, Surveillance.

Teaching responsibilities
  • LW803: International Law of Armed Conflict 
  • LW804: Topics in the Law of Armed Conflict
  • LW806: Conflict & The UN: Law Relating To The Use Of Force, Peacekeeping, Sanctions & Counter Terrorism
  • LW901: International Human Rights Law



  • Practitioners’ Guide to Human Rights Law in Armed Conflict, Dapo Akande, Charles Garraway, Francoise Hampson, Noam Lubell, Elizabeth Wilmshurst (eds.) (OUP, 2016)
  • Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups (Hart Publishing, 2016).

Journal Articles / Book Chapters

  • 'Engaging Armed Groups Through the Development of Human Rights Obligations: Incorporating practice, motivation and ideology to promote compliance with international law' (2017) Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. Forthcoming.
  • 'Non-State Armed Groups, Detention Authority in Non-International Armed Conflict, and the Coherence of International Law: Searching for a Way Forward’ (2017) Leiden Journal of International Law.
  • 'How International Humanitarian Law Treaties Bind Non-State Armed Groups' (2015) 20 Journal of Conflict & Security Law.
  • ‘Investigating the Investigations: A Comment on the UN Committee of Experts Monitoring of the Goldstone Process’ in Is There A Court for Gaza? A Test Bench for International Justice (Chantal Meloni & Gianni Tognoni eds., T.M.C. Asser Press, 2012).
  • ‘Freedom of Expression, Counter-Terrorism and the Internet in Light of the UK Terrorist Act 2006 and the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights’  (2009) 27 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights.

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