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:

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(…)

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Contrary to many predictions this year’s Nobel Prize has gone to an international institution, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Several organisations have won the prize before including, the UN, Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Labour Organisation, and controversially, in 2012 the EU. The OPCW is an organisation tackling a very particular issue, the dismantlement(…)

Relaunch of the Irish Journal of European Law

The Irish Society for European Law is pleased to announce, on the 21st birthday of the leading international journal on Irish-European legal issues, its relaunch in electronic format. Published in print since 1992, the journal will make its first appearance as an e-journal in early 2014, with one volume to be published annually. The journal(…)

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