U.N. Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Legal Publication


“Legal Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to drug offences”

As part of my traineeship with the Council of Europe, I completed a 125-page legal report on drug-related cases brought forward to the European Court of Human Rights. The report summarises 50-years of case law and critically analysis principles of European human rights law under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Secretariat of the Pompidou Group (Council of Europe) submitted the report on my behalf to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, who published it on their website.

National Student Drug Survey 2014/15


Dr. Colin O’Driscoll, Graham de Barra and Tim Bingham conducted the largest drug survey among 3rd level students in Ireland with over 2,700 respondents on topics including drug trends and harm reduction, sources of drug education, performance-enhancing drugs in relation to exams and sports, prescription medication, and darknet purchases of drugs. The research was done in collaboration with Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland, Spun Out and many Student Union’s in Irish colleges.

The survey results have been covered in a number of media including the following:

“Half of students have used cannabis”​, Irish Examiner (29th June 2015)

“Dying to be thinner”​, Hot Press (July 2015)

“Students using prescription medication to get high”, The Medical Independent (27th August 2015)

“Third of students use legal drugs to ‘get high'”, Irish Examiner (28th August 2015)


“Book Review: Access to Justice for Disadvantaged Communities”

Published on London School of Economics blog (4th February 2015)


A Report on Student Participation at the Annual Meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna

Published on Students for Sensible Drug Policy blog, April 2014