Eunsook Chung School of Law
University of Canterbury


Areas of Expertise
International Criminal Court, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Justice, International Law, International Organizations, Peace and Security, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Europe, North Africa, Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Róisín Burke, PhD (2012) Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne. Dr Burke is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury School of Law. She authored ‘Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Military Contingents: Moving Beyond the Current Status Quo and Responsibility under International Law’, (Brill/Nijhoff 2014). She is an Attorney at Law in New York State and Editor of the New Zealand Yearbook of international law. Her research interests are in the areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, peace operations, peace building, rule of law, gender justice and public international law.

Recent Publications

Editor New Zealand Yearbook of International Law (2015-2018)

•Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Military Contingents: Moving Beyond the Current Status Quo and Responsibility under International Law (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, 2014)

Journals and working papers
•‘Status of Forces Deployed on UN Peacekeeping Operations: Jurisdictional Immunity’, 16(1) Journal of Conflict and Security Law (2011) 63-104
•‘Attribution of Responsibility: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, and Effective Control of Blue Helmets’, 16(1) Journal of International Peacekeeping (2012) 1
•‘Criminal Prosecution, Troop-Discipline and Sexual Offences by UN Military Peacekeepers: How do We Move Beyond the Current Status Quo?’ – Working Paper – ANU ARC Project website (2012)
•‘Rule of Law Reform Initiatives: Impact on Gender Justice in Fragile, Conflict-Affected States’, Comment (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Global Rule of Law Exchange Papers, 2016)
•‘Central African Republic peacekeeper sexual crimes, institutional failings: Addressing the accountability gap’, 14(1) New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law (2016)
•‘Peacekeeper Sexual Violence, Exploitation and Abuse – UN support for African Union Security Forces’, Journal of International Peacekeeping (2018) pp. 1-61

•Ray Murphy and Roisin Burke, ‘Sexual and gender-based violence and the Responsibility to Protect: Where does gender come in?’, 26 Irish Studies in International Affairs (2015)
•Roisin Burke and Marco Odello, ‘Between immunity and impunity: Peacekeeping and sexual abuses and violence’, 20(6) International Journal of Human Rights (2016)

Book Chapters – sole authored
•‘UN Military Peacekeeper Complicity in Sexual Abuse: The ICC or a Tri-hybrid Court’, in Morten Bergsmo (ed) Thematic Prosecution of International Sex Crimes (Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2012) 317-407
•‘Shaming the State: Sexual Offences by UN Military Peacekeepers and the Rhetoric of Zero Tolerance’, in Gina Heathcote & Dianne Otto (eds), Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security (London: Palgrave-Macmillan 2014)
•‘Troop-Discipline, the Rule of Law and Mission Operational Effectiveness in Conflict Affected States’, in Morten Bergsmo (ed), The Self-Interest of Armed Forces in Accountability for Their Members for Core International Crimes, (Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2015)

Updated February, 2019