Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law, University of Minnesota Law School, and Professor of Law, Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster
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Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin is the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a co-founder and professor of the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research interests include international law, human rights, national security, transitional justice, and feminist legal theory. She has published widely across a variety of topics including emergency powers, conflict regulation, transitional justice, and sex-based violence in times of war. Her books include Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative and Policy Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2012)(with Oren Gross), On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process (Oxford University Press, 2011)(with Naomi Cahn and Dina Haynes), Law in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2006)(with Oren Gross), and The Politics of Force (Blackstaff Press, 2000). Ní Aoláin was a representative for the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and was appointed by the Secretary General of the UN as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. She also was appointed as a consultant by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and UN WOMEN to prepare a study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence. She has twice been nominated to the European Court of Human Rights, and has served on the Irish Human Rights Commission. She has held professorships and fellowships at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, and the Institute of Advanced Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ní Aoláin received her LL.B. and Ph.D. in law at the Queen's University Law Faculty in Belfast and holds an LL.M from Columbia Law School.