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Dr Peter Dunne

Dr Peter Dunne

Dr Peter Dunne

Senior Lecturer

Office 6.79
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Peter Dunne is a lecturer in law. He joined the University of Bristol in 2017. Peter teaches in the areas of family law, European Union law and medical law. He also acts as a faculty supervisor for the Human Rights Implementation Centre. 

Peter’s scholarship focuses broadly on human rights, family law and comparative law. He has a particular expertise in gender, sexuality and the law. Peter’s doctoral research considered the relationship between human rights and conditions for obtaining legal gender recognition. He regularly publishes in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Medical Law ReviewSocial and Legal Studies and the Child and Family Law Quarterly. With Dr Lynsey Black (University College Dublin), Peter is co-editor of Law and Gender in Ireland: Critique and Reform (Hart, 2018). In addition, with Dr Senthorun Raj (Keele University), he is co-editor of The Queer Outside in Law: Recognising LGBTIQ People in the United Kingdom (Palgrave, 2019). Peter's work has a particular focus on the relationship between law and policy, and he has authored or co-authored a number of issue papers on the legal regulation of queer identities (e.g. herehere).  

Peter has presented evidence before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and his work has been referenced by numerous public bodies, including the Equality Authority of Ireland (now the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission) and the Hong Kong Inter-Departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition. In 2015, Peter was invited to provide evidence to the UK Parliamentary Inquiry on Transgender Equality (conducted by the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities). His research was extensively referenced by the Committee in its 2016 Report, Transgender Equality. At present, Peter is engaged in various research projects considering the status and rights of trans young persons in the United Kingdom. In addition, with Dr Marjolein van den Brink (Utrecht) University), he is undertaking EU-funded research, documenting the equality rights of trans and intersex populations across Europe. Peter has received grants from the Society of Legal Scholars, American Society of International Law and PolicyBristol.   

Before entering academia, Peter worked as a human rights advocate in the United States and Europe. As a Harvard Kaufman Fellow at OutRight Action International (formerly IGLHRC) in New York City, Peter engaged in human rights documentation and sexuality-based advocacy before the UN human rights treaty bodies. In 2013, Peter was selected as an Arthur C Helton Fellow, and worked as a national and international law advisor to Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI). Peter was subsequently elected to serve on the TENI Board of Directors (2014-2017). He has previously been awarded a number of grants, including the Pride Law Fund and Equality Justice America Fellowship, and has worked with organisations, including GLBTQ Advocates and Defenders, Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates and Intersex and Transgender Luxembourg. Peter remains actively involved in LGBTQ reform campaigns, working with organisations, such as the Transgender Equality Legal Initiative. In 2015, Peter co-organized Ireland's first ever trans youth forum. 

Peter holds postgraduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge. He undertook his primary legal training at University College Dublin and the University of Paris II (Pantheon-Assas). From 2014-2017, Peter completed his doctoral studies as an Ussher Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He has previously held visiting positions at NYU School of Law (2015-2016) and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Private Law, Hamburg (2017).

Peter is interested in supervising students in the areas of human rights, family law, and gender, sexuality and law.

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