Sunneva graduated with a medical degree at Queen’s University Belfast before completing her postgraduate foundation training as a medical doctor in Northern Ireland. Sunneva then entered specialty medical training and obtained a place on the programme with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the Northern Ireland Deanery. She completed her specialty postgraduate examinations, obtaining full membership with Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in 2018. Sunneva continues to enjoy her role as a registered medical doctor based in Northern Ireland and has been granted approval from her specialty school in the Northern Ireland Medical and Training Agency (NIMDTA) to embark on out of programme research.
Sunneva is passionate about interdisciplinary approaches to sexual and gender-based violence, in order to recognise and redress harm as a result of gross violations in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She is researching a PhD on ‘A Medico-Legal Approach to Reparations for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence’ in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Sunneva’s research involves conducting fieldwork across the three sites: Colombia; Uganda; and South Sudan. This research is part of the UK Arts and Humanities Research funded project entitled ‘Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies'.
Sunneva has a longstanding interest in health and human rights issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence, from her undergraduate studies at Queen’s University Belfast. This includes organisation of a campaign on stopping violence against women which received a QUB community award. Sunneva contributed to amicus curiae along with colleagues in QUB Human Rights Centre, in the Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba case at the International Criminal Court on reparations for sexual violence.
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