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Reilly Anne Willis

Lecturer in Law

Reilly Law Lecturer at the University of Suffolk

Reilly Anne Willis

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

T: 01473 338201


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Dr Reilly Anne Dempsey Willis joined the University of Suffolk in May 2018 as a Lecturer in Law.  She specialises in International Human Rights with a focus on women’s rights, gender equality, and reproductive rights.  She has worked extensively as an advocate for women’s rights, both in the charity sector and within the UN system.  A highlight of this work was her work on the successful case of Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira v. Brazil (Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the first time the UN system officially recognised maternal mortality as a human rights violation.  Reilly has also been a speaker on multiple occasions at the annual Commission on the Status of Women at UN HQ in NYC.  Reilly’s PhD from the University of East Anglia used innovative empirical methods to evaluate the long-term impact of international Twitter campaigns on domestic women’s rights in seven countries around the world.  Her work cuts across international human rights law, international relations, and women’s rights.  Reilly also holds a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law where she was an International Law and Human Rights Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.