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Maria Hennessy is a Legal Officer at the Irish Refugee Council Independent Law Centre. Prior to joining the Irish Refugee Council, Maria was a Senior Legal Officer at the European Council on Refugees & Exiles. She led and developed ECRE’s legal advocacy work in the field of asylum for more than four years as well as working specifically on developments concerning the recast Qualification Directive and the recast Dublin Regulation. She has a particular interest in asylum claims related to gender, sexual orientation and gender identity and was previously ECRE’s contact point for the European Asylum Support Office’s reference group on training. She has conducted training for lawyers, public officials, university students and NGOs on a wide range of legal topics related to asylum. Previously Maria was also a legal researcher within the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner in the Department of Justice and Equality in Ireland and was a Senior Appeals Caseworker at the former Refugee Migrant Justice in the UK. Maria studied law and environmental science at National University of Galway, Ireland and Leiden University and holds a Masters in Law and Development from the University of London.
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