Alan Desmond

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BCL (NUI, Cork), LLM (NUI, Cork), Fellow HEA

Alan joined the School of Law in September 2016. He has previously taught at third level institutions in Ireland, Italy and Poland. He has been a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School and UCLA School of Law and has presented his research at over a dozen international conferences. Before entering legal academia Alan worked as a freelance print and broadcast journalist and wrote a number of award-winning Irish language books.


His research interests lie in the field of immigration law as it intersects with human rights law, international law and EU law. He is particularly interested in migrant exceptionality, namely, the ways in which states and courts attenuate the protection potential of human rights law in relation to non-citizens.


  • A. Desmond, ‘’The Private Life of Family Matters: Curtailing Human Rights Protection for Migrants under Article 8 of the ECHR?” (2018) 29(1) European Journal of International Law. Available online doi:10.1093/ejil/chy008
  • A. Desmond, ed., Shining New Light on the UN Migrant Workers Convention (Pretoria: Pretoria University Law Press, 2017). Available online as PDF
  • A. Desmond, “The Development of a Common EU Migration Policy and the Rights of Irregular Migrants: A Progress Narrative?” (2016) 16(2) Human Rights Law Review 247 - 272. doi. 10.1093/hrlr/ngw012
  • A. Wiesbrock, T. Jöst & A. Desmond, “Directive 2014/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the conditions of entry and stay of third-country nationals for the purpose of employment as seasonal workers” in K. Hailbronner & D. Thym, eds., EU Immigration and Asylum: A Commentary, 2nd Edition, (Munich/Oxford: Beck/Hart, 2016), 928 – 973. ISBN: 978-3-406-66653-7
  • A. Desmond, “Regularization in the EU and the US: The Frequent Use of an Exceptional Measure” in D. Acosta & A. Wiesbrock, eds., Global Migration: Old Assumptions, New Dynamics (Santa Barbara, California: Praeger, 2015), 69 – 99. ISBN: 978-1-4408-0422-9
  • A. Desmond, “The Triangle that Could Square the Circle? The UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, the EU and the Universal Periodic Review” (2015) 17(1) European Journal of Migration and Law 39 – 69.  Available online   doi: 10.1163/15718166-12342071

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