Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (@NiAolainF) serves as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism. She also concurrently serves as Regents Professor and Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the Queens University School of Law in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has published extensively in the fields of emergency powers, conflict regulation, transitional justice and sex based harms in times of war. Her book Law in Times of Crisis (CUP 2006) was awarded the American Society of International Law’s preeminent prize in 2007 – the Certificate of Merit for creative scholarship. On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post Conflict Process was published by OUP (2011), and the Handbook on Gender and Conflict published by OUP (2017). Ní Aoláin was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2011, she completed a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence for the OHCHR and UN WOMEN. She chaired the International Women’s Program of the Open Society Fund 2011-17, and is now a member of the Program Board. She has twice been nominated by the Irish government as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights.
Areas of Expertise: Public International Law, European Union Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Women’s Rights, International Humanitarian Law