Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Human Rights, Law
  • Portrait Image: 
    Photo of Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
  • Job Title: 
    Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society; Faculty Director, Human Rights Center
  • Department: 
    University of Minnesota Law
  • College/Organization: 
    University of Minnesota Law
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Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise: 
  • International law
  • Human Rights law
  • National security law
  • Transitional justice
  • Feminist legal theory
  • Gender and conflict terrorism and Counter-terrorism Law
  • Practice of occupation

Notable Achievements

Notable Achievements: 
  • Fulbright scholarship
  • Alon Prize
  • Robert Schumann scholarship
  • European Commission award
  • Lawlor fellowship.
  • She has held multiple research awards including from the British Academy, the US Institute of Peace, DfID (Department for International Development, UK), Research Council UK, and the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • Her 2006 book, Law in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the Certificate of Merit for creative scholarship in 2007
  • Was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97).
  • In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making.
  • In 2011, she was appointed as consultant jointly by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UN WOMEN to prepare a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence.
  • In 2015, she was appointed by the International Criminal Court’s Trust Fund for Victims to lead an Expert Review on Reparations to victims in the Court’s first case.
  • She has been nominated twice (2004 and 2007) by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated.
  • She was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2000 and served until 2005.
  • She remains an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
  • In 2010 she was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and co-chaired its Annual Meeting in 2014.
  • She is Board Chair of the Open Society Foundations Women Program, and serves on the Board of the Center for Victims of Torture National Advisory Council.