Aoife O'Donoghue

About Aoife O'Donoghue

Aoife O’Donoghue is a Senior Lecturer at Durham Law School having formerly held a post at NUI, Galway. Aoife’s PhD was at the University of Groningen. She specialises in international law specifically global governance, constitutionalism and feminism. You can contact her at aoife.o’donoghue[at] or (+44) 0191 334281

Posts by Aoife O'Donoghue:

The IMF’s strange role as the voice of moderation

When I began teaching International Economic Law in 2007 one of the thematic issues that ran through the course was the relevancy of global economic institutions and in particular the IMF. The question of its continued relevancy emerged from two ongoing critiques. First, there was a downward trend in the use of the Fund’s resources and(…)

The Embodied Subject: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project

This report of the fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project is by Sandra Duffy, an LL.M. student in International Human Rights Law & Public Policy at University College Cork. ‘The Embodied Subject’ The fourth workshop of the Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments Project was held in Griffith College Dublin on the 13th and 14th of April 2015.(…)

20 Years after Beijing: Taking a few steps back?

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is set to be the biggest conference yet solely dedicated to women’s issues. With 900 participants it has set itself as both a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is celebrated as a pivotal moment in the progression of women’s rights(…)

Irish Journal of European Law: Call for Papers

The Irish Society for European Law recently re-launched the Irish Journal of European Law as an e-journal. The Journal, which has been published since 1992, is a leading international journal on European law edited by Irish scholars and practitioners. The 2014 volume is now available on the Society’s website here. The Journal – which is(…)

A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law

This post was jointly written by regular contributor Aoife O’Donoghue and Ben Warwick. Ben is a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at Durham Law School. His research centres on resource constraints and the implementation of economic and social rights.  The starting gun has been fired on constitutional debate in the UK. The prospect of Scottish independence, potentially increased(…)

Isis, the Caliphate and new states

 The rapid advance of Isis, (The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham), its renaming of itself as “Islamic State” combined with the declaration of a Caliphate and added to recent statements made by the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan around its potential future have brought questions as to(…)

Crimea, timelines and “Where were you in 1916″

The variety of timelines available to guide the interested reader through the apparent linear events leading to present problems in Ukraine (similar guides are available for the Arab Uprisings, for example, the Guardian’s interactive timeline) brought to mind a question my father likes to ask when anyone is becoming particularly fervent about politics of any kind(…)

UN Commission on human rights in North Korea: A Silent Nation no more?

On February 17th, the UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) published its Report and it is unequivocal in its account of human suffering. The awful litany of human rights abuse is of such a scale and level that its content and the accounts of the victims(…)

Review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy Announced

The Department of Foreign Affairs has announced a full review of Ireland’s Foreign Policy and External Affairs. This review follows the present Government’s statement of strategy 2011-2014 which included developing Ireland’s economic interests, contributing to peace and reconciliation on the island and contributing to peace, security and human rights globally. Each aim had specific performance indicators, many had(…)

The Commonwealth and Sri Lanka: Perils of Joining Global Clubs

The recent Commonwealth Summit, held in Sri Lanka, attracted a tremendous amount of attention, far more than is normally paid to this organisation. Sri Lanka’s dismal human rights record during and since the final Governmental push against the Tamil Tigers in the north of the country has been well documented by the media, NGOs and(…)

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