I’m a person of many hats, but I consider myself primarily a lecturer and author.

Over my lifetime, I’ve seen conditions for the majority of people deteriorate: frozen wages, growing inequality, illegal wars, more pain and less gain for all but those at the very top. I decided to research not only what was happening but why it was happening. In doing so, I realised that the version of democracy we practice is deeply flawed. However, I also discovered that modern technology could deliver us a way around this difficulty, allowing more people to participate in politics and thus make decisions that better serve their own needs. Once I made this discovery, I decided that I should do something about it.

This is why I am running for office and why my platform centers around a phased implementation of digital democracy in our constituency. Not only will direct decision-making immediately benefit the people of Fingal, it will show the world that there are viable alternatives to the cronyism and inequality that characterise representative democracy.

Education

Trinity College, Dublin: PhD in Public International Law

  • 4-year research PhD on Democracy and Public International Law, examining the structural flaws in representative democracy across six countries, historical conceptions of democracy, and the interplay between national political institutions and international institutions

Georg-August-Universitaet, Germany: Law and First State Bar Exam

  • rigorous 4-year programme in law + 1-year preparation for the Bar Exam
  • frequently achieved top marks in classes of 600+ students and finished Bar Exam in top 15% with ‘highest mark ever obtained by a foreigner’
  • 2nd place, written component of Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition

Technische Universitaet Clausthal-Zellerfeld: Deutsch als Fremdsprache

  • intensive course in German as a second language for foreign students
  • exempted from oral exam due to high mark on the written exam

I received numerous scholarships after I graduated from secondary school, but had to renounce them when I came to Europe.

Work

Columnist
I write a regular column for international news channel RT, and occasionally for other newspapers, including the Irish Independent and Irish Times. These cover international topics (eg. the new BRICS bank, Palestine, Argentina’s dispute with vulture funds) but also areas of specifically Irish interest (such as water charges and the use of Shannon airport). I also occasionally comment on breaking news stories on RT UK.

Lecturer
I have lectured (adjunct and full-time) in law at Trinity College, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and Griffith College. Some of the courses I have taught include: international trade law, corporate restructuring and insolvency, legal writing, immigration and asylum law, contracts, and international criminal law.
I am currently a research associate at the INSYTE group WIT where I investigate areas of convergence between international law, development and technology.

Author
I am the author of the textbook International Law: An Irish Perspective (Round Hall, Dublin) as well as the the recently published Beasts and Gods: How Democracy Changed its Meaning and Lost its Purpose (Zed Books, London, November 2015). My scholarly articles range across several topics including whistleblower protection, drone strikes, and the role of big data in international law. They have been published around the world in academic journals from Indonesia to California (for full publication list click here).

Community Involvement
My community activities primarily centre around education, immigration and anti-austerity (water charges). In 2008, I co-founded a multicultural writers’ group (The Irish Writers’ Exchange) that produces literature from new Irish authors and promotes integration through culture and literacy in socially disadvantaged schools. In 2011 we were awarded a national MAMA Award for our work. Our most prominent book Dublin: Ten Journeys, One Destination included ten short stories from Irish and ‘new Irish’ authors. The book received a 5-star review from The Dubliner and has been noted in no less than two PhD publications as one of the few literary publications in which immigrants directly express themselves in their own words in contemporary Irish literature.