Professor Aoife O'Donoghue
Aoife joined Durham Law School in 2007. Aoife's research focuses on public international law with a particular interest in global governance and legal theory. Aoife queries the structures developed to enable international law to regulate political governance. Aoife's work examines constitutionalism, tyranny, feminism, legal theory and international legal history. Aoife also researches the interaction between international law and feminism, particularly within institutions such as the UN and the process of feminist judging. She has published a number of articles on global constitutionalisation, constitutionalism, feminism, good offices, trade, neutrality as well as the role of law in conflict. Her monograph centres on constitutionalism within international law.
With Máiréad Enright of Birmingham Law School and Julie McCandless of LSE, Aoife is Co-Director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project.
Aoife works with Colin Murray, Sylvia de Mars and Ben TC Warwick on Constitutional Conundrums a project that examines constitutional change, including Brexit and repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998, on Northern Ireland.
Aoife also works with Rosa Freedman from Reading Law School on an AHRC funded project to create a UN Gender Network which focuses on reform within the UN Secretariat and Agencies to establish gender equality.
Aoife was one of the founding contributors to humanrights.ie and regularly contributes articles on her research relating to current developments in international law. Aoife was also a member of the International Law Association's working group on due diligence and her research on due diligence and international organisations has been cited in the General Assembly.
Aoife has also been a Visiting Scholar at the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law and the Law Faculty of University College Cork.
Teaching and Administration
Aoife teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses including; Law of the International Community, Advanced Issues in International Economic Law and Public International Law. She also supervises dissertations in these areas on the undergraduate and LLM programmes. Aoife also supervises several PhD students.
In addition to her research and teaching commitments Aoife is currently Impact Lead within the Law School and has also served as Director of LLM Admissions and was a co-founder of the Law School Research Cluster 'Law and and Global Justice at Durham'. Aoife has previously been the Athena Swann Co-Ordinator.
Aoife welcomes PhD applications within public international law, global governance, feminism & international law and legal theory.
Durham Law School
- Human Rights Centre
- Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law
Durham Law School
- Feminist Theory
- History of International Law
- International Economic Law
- International Legal & Political Theory
- Use of Force
- O'Donoghue, Aoife, de Mars, Sylvia, Murray, Colin & Warwick, Ben (2018). Bordering two unions: Northern Ireland and Brexit. Policy Press.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014). Constitutionalism in Global Constitutionalisation. Cambridge University Press.
Chapter in book
- O'Donoghue, A (Forthcoming). Tyranny and the Anxieties of Law beyond the State. In Governance & Globalisation: International and European Perspectives. Schütze, R & Gehring, M Bloombury Hart.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife & Houghton, Ruth (2018). Can Global Constitutionalism be Feminist? In Future of Women's Engagement with International Law. Harris Rimmer, Sue & Ogg, Kate Edward Elgar.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2017). Judging and the Judgment Writing Process: A Northern/Irish Perspective. In Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Enright, Máiréad McCandless, Julie & O'Donoghue, Aoife Hart. 75-92.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2017). McGimpsey v Ireland. In Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. O'Donoghue, Aoife, , Enright, Máiréad & McCandless, Julie Hart. 229-240.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2017). Tyranny and Constitutionalism Beyond the State. In Governance and Globalization: International and European Answers. Schütze, Robert Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2016). The Separation of Powers Beyond the State: The ‘inconveniences of [a]bsolute power’. In The Powers that Be: Rethinking the Separation of Powers: A Leiden Response to Möllers. ten Napel, H.-M. & Voermans, W. Leiden: Leiden University Press. 45-65.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2015). The exercise of governance authority by international organisations: The role of due diligence obligations after conflict. In International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. Saul, Matthew & Sweeney, James London: Routledge. 45-66.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014). Breaking free: Dag Hammarskjöld, good offices and heads of international organisations. In Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency: Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. Stahn, C. & Melber, H. Cambridge Cambridge University Press. 341-362.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. & O'Callaghan, Patrick. (2010). Protection from Unfair Suretyships in Ireland. In Regulating Unfair Banking Practices in Europe: The Case of Personal Suretyships. Colombi Ciacchi, A. & Weatherill, S. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 339-352.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife, Enright, Máiréad & McCandless, Julie (2017). Northern / Irish Feminist Judgments Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Hart.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2018). ‘The admixture of feminine weakness and susceptibility’ Gendered Personifications of the State in International Law. Melbourne Journal of International Law 19(1).
- O’Donoghue, Aoife & Murray, Colin (2017). A Path Already Travelled in Domestic Orders? From Fragmentation to Constitutionalisation in the Global Legal Order. International Journal of Law in Context 13(3): 225-252.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife, Murray, CRG & Warwick, BTC (2017). The Implications of the Good Friday Agreement for UK Human-Rights Reform. Irish Yearbook of International Law
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2016). How Does International Law Condition Responses to Conflict and Negotiation?. Global Policy 7(2): 272-277.
- Murray, C.R.G. & O'Donoghue, Aoife (2016). Towards Unilaterialism? House of Commons Oversight of the Use of Force. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 65(02): 305-341.
- O’Donoghue, Aoife & Tzouvala, Ntina (2016). TTIP: The Rise of ‘mega-market’ trade agreements and its potential implications for the Global South. Trade, Law and Development
- O'Donoghue, Aoife & Warwick, Ben T.C. (2015). Constitutionally Questioned: UK Debates, International Law, and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 66(1): 93-104.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014). Good Offices: Grasping the Place of Law in Conflict. Legal Studies 34(3): 469-496.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2013). International Constitutionalism and the State. International Journal of Constitutional Law 11(4): 1021-1045.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2013). International constitutionalism and the state: A rejoinder to Vlad Perju. International Journal of Constitutional Law 11(4): 1052-1055.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2012). Agents of Change: Academics and the Spirit of Debate at International Conferences. Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 1(3): 275-297.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2012). Alfred Verdross and the Contemporary Constitutionalization Debate. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 32(4): 799-822.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2012). Splendid Isolation: International Humanitarian Law, Legal Theory and the International Legal Order. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 14(1): 107-131.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2010). Case note: Investigation of Disappearances: Gongadze v Ukraine. Irish Human Rights Law Review 1: 299-303.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2010). Neutrality and Multilateralism after the First World War. Journal of Conflict and Security Law 15 (1): 169 - 202.
- Hinds, Anna-Louise. & O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2008). Ireland and the WTO: Dancing at the crossroads. Irish Studies in International Affairs 19: 169-182.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2008). The Inimitable Form of Irish Neutrality: From the Birth of the State to World War II. Dublin University Law Journal 30(1): 259 - 278.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. & Hinds, Anna-Louise (2006). The results of the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference- Part I: Little More than an agreement to agree? Commercial Law Practitioner 67 -74
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2006). The results of the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference- Part II: Ireland – Ignoring Reality? Commercial Law Practitioner 92 – 98
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2005). Humanitarian Intervention Revisited. Hanse Law Review 165 -175.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife & McGlynn, Clare (2017). Policing Upskirting: it’s serious, not funny. Huffington Post
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- (Published). Human Rights in Ireland.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2015). Report: Due Diligence in International Law.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2009). Report on NATO.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2016), Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy, EUI, Florence.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2015), From Fragmentation to Constitutionalisation in the United Kingdom and Global Legal Orders, PluriCourts Centre, University of Oslo.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014), Constituency and Community in Global Governance, International Law Association. Kings College, London.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014), Due diligence obligations after conflict, International Law & Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Lancaster.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2014), International Law and time, an unnatural alliance?, Post-Disaster, Post-Conflict, Post-Crisis? Governing through ‘Post-’. Warwick.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2013), Irish Feminist Judgments Project, 'Law on the Edge’. UBC, Vancouver.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife (2012), The Plurality of Courts in International Law: Constitutionalisation or Fragmentation?, The Role of Judiciaries in Resolving Conflicts: Judicial Reflections. Durham.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2011), The State and Constitutionalism, International Law Association. Sheffield.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2009), Examining the International Community and its relationship with International Law, Society of Legal Scholars Conference. Keele.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2009), The Meaning of Community in International Law, Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association in Denver. Colorado.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2008), Ireland and the WTO: Doha Tango, Society of Legal Scholars, Ireland Annual Conference. Trinity College Dublin.
- O'Donoghue, Aoife, Murray, Colin, Warwick, Ben & de Mars, Sylvia (2017). Policy Paper: The Common Travel Area: Prospects After Brexit.
- de Mars, Sylvia, Murray, Colin, O'Donoghue, Aoife & Warwick, Ben T.C. (2016). Policy Paper: Brexit, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- Murray, Colin R. G., O'Donoghue, Aoife & Warwick, Ben T.C. (2015). Policy Paper: The Place of Northern Ireland within UK Human Rights Reform.
Available for media contact about:
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- International: Politics, institutions & law:
- Law & Crime:
- Gender and law:
- Human rights:
- International Law:
- 2016: RI160009: IAA-Constitutional Conundrums:Northern Ireland, the EU and Human Rights, ESRC, £4975.00, 2016-04-01 - 2017-09-30
- 2016: UN Gender Network (£38820.96 from AHRC)
- 2014: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice (£5000.00 from Modern Law Review)
- 2014: SLSA Annual Seminar Competition (with Catherine Turner)
- 2012: Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Dr. Gleider I Hernández)