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Durham Law School

Staff Profiles

Dr. Aoife O'Donoghue

Senior Lecturer in 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. Aoife's current research centres on international constitutionalisation and the legal structures which have developed within international law to regulate governance. She has published a number of articles on international constitutionalisation, good offices, neutrality as well as the role of law in conflict. Building on her international law focus, Aoife research expores the relationship between feminism and international law. As part of this research, with Máiréad Enright of Kent Law School and Julie McCandless of LSE, Aoife is Co-Director of the Irish Feminist Judgments Project. The project builds on the Feminist Judgments Project, which was also a collaboration between academics at Kent and Durham. Aoife was one of the founding contributors to and regularly contributes articles on her research relating to current developments in international law. Aoife has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. Aoife is also a member of the International Law Association's working group on due diligence.

Teaching and Administration

Aoife teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses including; Law of the International Community, Advanced Issues in International Economic Law, Law of the WTO and International Perspectives on Law and Gender. She also supervises dissertations in these areas on the undergraduate and LLM programmes. Aoife also supervises several PhD students and would welcome research students in the areas of public international law, particularly international governance, constitutionalisation and feminism. 

In addition to her research and teaching commitments Aoife 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'.

Selected Grants

  • 2014: Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Catherine Turner)
  • 2014: SLSA Annual Seminar Competition (with Catherine Turner)
  • 2012: Modern Law Review Seminar Funding (with Dr. Gleider I Hernández)


  • O'Donoghue, Aoife (Forthcoming). Breaking Free: Dag Hammarskjöld and Good Offices.

Books: authored

Books: sections

  • O'Donoghue, Aoife (Forthcoming). 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, Matt & Sweeney, James Routledge.
  • O'Donoghue, Aoife (Forthcoming). The Separation of Powers Beyond the State: The ‘inconveniences of [a]bsolute power. In The Powers that Be. ten Napel, H.-M.Th.D. Leiden University Press.
  • 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.

Conference papers

  • 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. & Hinds, Anna-Louise (2006), Call it what you will: The Doha Development Round and Ireland, Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference. Cork.
  • O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2005), The Good Offices of the United Nations Secretary General, Society of Legal Scholars Conference. Glasgow, Scotland.
  • O'Donoghue, Aoife. (2005), The Means to Destroy Itself: The Challenge for European Democracy, NUI Galway Law Faculty Seminar Series. Galway, Northern Ireland.

Journal papers: academic

Other media: research