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Sophie Van der Walk, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Sophie van der Valk

Ph.D. Candidate

c/o Law School
House 39
Trinity College, Dublin 2

Fax: (01) 677 0449

Ph.D. Thesis: PRILA. Prisons: The Rule of Law, Accountability, and Rights – Prisoners' experience of oversight.

Supervisor: Prof. Mary Rogan

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Sophie van der Valk previously conducted research in the field of counter terrorism, specifically examining issues concerning the prosecution and other measures used against foreign fighters. She obtained an honours BCLG in Law and German from University College Cork, Ireland. Her undergraduate studies also included an Erasmus year of studying German law at Philipps University Marburg, Germany. Sophie completed her Masters of Laws degree at Leiden University, the Netherlands and wrote her LL.M. thesis on the legal requirements for the use of targeted killings against terrorists both from an international humanitarian law perspective and human rights perspective.

Professional Qualifications


Research Interests

  • Judicial Review
  • Accountability
  • Human Rights
  • Prison Law
  • International Humanitarian Law

Education Details

  • Ph.D. Candidate, School of Law, Trinity College (2017 – present)
  • LL.M. Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Leiden University (August 2015 – August 2016)
  • Bachelor in Law and German (Hons), University College Cork (September 2010 – June 2014)
  • B.A Psychology, Trinity College (2008 – 2012).

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Pitcher K., Van der Valk S, Girard, G. (2017) Year in Review 2016. In: Gill T. (eds) Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law Volume 19, 2016. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, vol 19. T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague. (forthcoming)

Assisted with: Boutin, B. “Administrative Measures against Foreign Fighters: In Search of Limits and Safeguards”, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague 7, no. 12 (2016)