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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Dr. Aoife O'Donoghue

Senior Lecturer in Durham Law School
Impact Lead, Durham Law School
Early Career Researchers Co-Ordinator, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42810
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL125
Member of the Human Rights Centre

Contact Dr. Aoife O'Donoghue (email at aoife.o'


Aoife has worked at Durham Law School since 2007. Previously, she was a lecturer in the Law Department at NUI, Galway, Ireland. She holds degrees from the University of Groningen (PhD), City University, London (LLM) and University College Cork (Bcl International) with a year studying at St. Louis University, Missouri. 


Aoife's research focuses on public international law with a specific interest in global governance and feminism. Aoife's current research centres on global constitutionalism and the legal structures which have developed within international law to regulate governance including courts and interntional organisations and the role of constitutent power beyond the state. Aoife also researches on 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, neutrality as well as the role of law in conflict. With Máiréad Enright of Birmingham Law School and Julie McCandless of LSE, Aoife is Co-Director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project.

Aoife also 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 was one of the founding contributors to 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 by 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 Universtiy 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 welcomes PhD applications within public international law, global governance, feminism & international law and legal theory.

Selected Grants

  • 2016: ESRC-IAA-Constitutional Conundrums:Northern Ireland, the EU and Human Rights £9975 (with BTC Warwick, Colin Murray and Sylvia de Mars
  • 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: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice, Modern Law Review, £5000 (with Catherine Turner)
  • 2014: SLSA Annual Seminar Competition (with Catherine Turner)
  • 2012: Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Dr. Gleider I Hernández)


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  • 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.

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