Award: Fulbright Irish Student Award
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Hugh Fitzgibbon is a graduate of Law and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. While at Trinity, Hugh was the Vice President of the Trinity Vincent de Paul Society, Chairperson of the Bram Stoker Paper Readings Club, Secretary of the Central Societies Committee and Finance Officer of the Trinity Social and Political Review, and was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Award for Volunteering. Hugh currently serves as the Vice Chair of the National Youth Committee of the St Vincent de Paul Society and formerly sat on the US Embassy Ireland Young Leaders Council. He recently completed the Final Examinations Part I for entrance to the Law Society of Ireland. Hugh will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to undertake an LLM specialising in human rights law, global security and sustainability. He intends to examine the effects of international security concerns on global human rights regimes and the challenges facing international institutions by virtue of the rising levels of populism and protectionism in Western democracies. Hugh anticipates his year in the US will provide him with the necessary skills and knowledge to forge a career in international human rights law.