Mrs Norah Burns
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Dr Norah Burns holds a Bachelor of Laws in Law and Spanish and History and a Masters in Law in Human Rights in Criminal Justice from the University of Limerick in the south of Ireland. As part of her studies she looked at the protection of culture through the protection of human rights for vulnerable groups such as Roma in Europe. In 2017 she completed a PhD in the School of Law in Trinity College Dublin on cases taken by Roma to the European Court of Human Rights. She has been the recipient of the President of Ireland’s silver An Gaisce medal for her community and leadership work. Dr Burns has been awarded a scholarship to study human rights in Kings College London. She has designed a project on the realization of the rights of Roma in Ireland, which she conducted with undergraduate law students with the assistance of the Irish NGO for Roma Rights and with the ERRC. Dr Burns began lecturing in the School of Law at the University of Limerick at the age of 23 and has also taught at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests focus on equality with a particular focus on substantive equality and intersectionality, Roma rights, culture and education. Dr Burns has recently been chosen from 13,000 applicants as a future young ethical leader in Europe and Asia for her work on Roma rights in Ireland and will participate on the education panel at the Asia Europe summit in Brussels in October 2018.