Hannah Grene


Hannah established Barncat Consulting in 2007, after completing her LLM in International Human Rights Law. Over the past ten years, she has worked extensively with a range of clients in the international development sector, including the Development Co-operation Division/Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trócaire, Christian Aid and Oxfam Ireland.

Hannah has also worked with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and their counterparts in Sierra Leone and Malawi, and with the European Fundamental Rights Agency. Prior to that, she worked for Ibec, the Irish business and employer association, which gave her an insight into business advocacy and influencing, and for the Department of Foreign Affairs in the Permanent Representation in Brussels.


  • LLM (Masters of Law) International Human Rights Law, First Class Honours Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway

    Thesis: The OECD National Contact Point System as a Means of Assessing Corporate Responsibility for Human Rights Abuses

    September 2008

  • BA (Bachelor of Arts) History, Upper Second Class Honours, Trinity College Dublin

    June 2002

  • Hannah has also completed professional development training in creative research methods; programme evaluation; and research data management (Social Research Association, UK and Ireland) and in advocacy and policy influencing for development practice (Kimmage Manor).


Hannah holds a C2 (Mastery) Level Diploma in French, and is very fluent in both written and spoken French. She can also read Spanish and has basic German.

Journal Publications

  • Hannah Grene ‘When it pays to work for free’, Research Matters, Social Research Association UK and Ireland, June 2016.

  • Hannah Grene 'Book review: Jernej Letnar Cernic, Human Rights Law and Business: Corporate Responsibility for Fundamental Human Rights' Human Rights Law Review 2011.

  • Hannah Grene ‘The OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises as a Human Rights Tool’ Trócaire Development Review (November 2009)

  • Hannah Grene, ‘Corporate Accountability’ in ‘Human Rights Year in Review 2008’, The International Lawyer, Vol 43 (Summer 2009)

  • Hannah Grene, International Human Rights Network, ‘Human rights in the workplace: the effect of the recession’, Public Sector Review: International Development, Issue 13 (Spring 2009)

  • Hannah Grene ‘Book review: Human Rights and Corporations ed: David Kinley’ European Journal of Migration and Law Volume 11(4), 2009 , pp. 427-430.

Selected NGO Publications

  • Hannah Grene, Winning the Peace: Peacebuilding and Climate Change in Mali and Somalia, ACT   Alliance, June 2020.

  • Hannah Grene and Rita Cammaer, Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: Understanding the links between climate change and violent conflict. A policy briefing and accompanying learning paper. Christian Aid, November 2017.

  • Hannah Grene and Mary Cosgrove, Mantras and Myths: a true picture of the Irish corporate tax system, Oxfam Ireland, March 2017.

  • Hannah Grene, Christian Aid Tackling Violence and Building Peace Global Strategy, 2016.

  • Hannah Grene, Where Aid meets Trade: Ireland’s role in the changing development landscape in Africa, a report for Trócaire, 2015.

  • Hannah Grene, Land Matters: Programme Toolkit, for Christian Aid Ireland, November 2015.

  • Hannah Grene (ed.), Feeling the Heat: How climate change is driving extreme weather in the development world, Trócaire, 2014.

  • Hannah Grene, Business and Human Rights: An advocacy manual, Trócaire, 2010.

  • Hannah Grene and Oisin Bourke, ENAR Shadow Report 2012-2013, Racism and related discriminatory practices in employment in Ireland.

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