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Professor Aoife O'Donoghue

Professor of International Law and Global Governance in Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42810
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801
Room number: PCL125
Senior Fellow of the Global Policy Institute
Member of the Human Rights Centre

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


Professor O'Donoghue's research centres on issues related to public international law, constitutionalism and feminism with a particular interest in global governance and legal theory. Aoife's work examines constitutionalism, tyranny, utopias and feminism, legal theory and international legal history.

Currently, Aoife is heavily engaged with research and policy debates on Brexit with a particular focus on Northern Ireland including the ESRC funded project Performing Identities: Post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st-Century Governance. She works with Colin Murray, Sylvia de Mars and Ben TC Warwick on constitutional change, including Brexit and repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 on Northern Ireland and future constitutional arrangements for the island of Ireland.

Aoife works on theories of tyranny and tyrannicide and currently writing a CUP monograph entitled 'Tyranny and the Global Legal Order'. Aoife alongside Ruth Houghton is developing ideas around feminist utopias, manifestos and global constitutionalism.

With Máiréad Enright of Birmingham Law School and Julie McCandless of Kent Law School, Aoife is Co-Director of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project and is embarking on a new project with Máiréad Enright and Liam Thornton to revisit Irish constitutional texts.

Aoife worked with Rosa Freedman on the AHRC funded UN Gender Network. Aoife was a member of the International Law Association's working group on due diligence and her research on due diligence and international organisations was cited by the General Assembly.

Teaching and Administration

Aoife teaches across UG and PG courses including; Public International Law, Advanced Issues in International Economic Law and Fundamental Issues of International Legal Governance.

In addition to her research and teaching commitments Aoife has been Director of PGT Admissions, Impact lead, and the Athena Swann Co-Ordinator.and was a co-founder of the Law School Research Cluster 'Law and and Global Justice at Durham'. Aoife is a deputy director of IBRU , a member of DurhamARCTIC and a Senior Fellow of Durham's Global Policy Institute.

Aoife welcomes PhD applications within public international law, global governance, feminism & international law and legal theory.

Research Groups

Durham Law School

Research Projects

Durham Law School

Research Interests

  • Constitutionalism
  • Feminist Theory
  • History of International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Legal & Political Theory
  • Tyranny
  • Use of Force
  • Utopia


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • O'Donoghue, Aoife & McGlynn, Clare (2017). Policing Upskirting: it’s serious, not funny. Huffington Post

Other (Digital/Visual Media)


  • 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.

Working Paper

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

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  • Gender and law:
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  • International Law:


Selected Grants

  • 2019: Performing Identities: Post-Brexit Northern Ireland and the reshaping of 21st Century Governance (£29263.86 from ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN))
  • 2018: Brexit Consultancy (£16170.00 from )
  • 2016: RI160009: IAA-Constitutional Conundrums:Northern Ireland, the EU and Human Rights, ESRC, £4975.00, 2016-04-01 - 2017-09-30
  • 2016: Toward Diversity in Multilateral Organisations FCO Talent Outreach Events (£3857.00 from )
  • 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)