Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Executive Editor

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (@NiAolainF) is Executive Editor at Just Security. She served as the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism from 2017-Nov 2023. 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 was elected to the International Commission of Jurists in 2023. 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. She has twice been nominated by the Irish government as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights. Ní Aoláin is also on LinkedIn.

Areas of Expertise: Public International Law, European Union Law, Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Women’s Rights, International Humanitarian Law


Articles by this author:

The Just Security Podcast: Counterterrorism and Human Rights (Part 2 Spyware and Data Collection)

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Nov 27th, 2023

The Just Security Podcast: Counterterrorism and Human Rights (Part I Root Causes, Guantanamo, and Northeast Syria)

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Nov 20th, 2023

Rethinking Counterterrorism


Nov 2nd, 2023

Spyware Out of the Shadows: The Need for A New International Regulatory Approach

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May 16th, 2023

Repatriating Alleged ISIS-Linked Men from Northeast Syria: The Start of Judicial Responses to the Political Stalemate

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Feb 16th, 2023

The Law of Occupation Must Address the Lives of Women and Girls


Oct 12th, 2022

European Court Tackles the Thorny Issue of Family Repatriation From Northeast Syria

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Sep 22nd, 2022

Abusive “Counterterrorism” Crackdowns Choke Independent Civil Society in the Middle East


Aug 25th, 2022

Why Pushing Russia Out of Multilateral Institutions is Not a Solution to the War


Mar 22nd, 2022

Looks Are Deceiving: The Rebranding and Perpetuation of Counterterrorism Watchlisting in Multilateral Spaces

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Jan 28th, 2022

Connecting the Dots: The Surge in Reprisals Against Women and the Rise of Counterterrorism

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Jan 19th, 2022

Afghanistan: The Humanitarian Catastrophe is the Security Threat


Jan 3rd, 2022

Gendering the International Court of Justice


Nov 2nd, 2021

Human Rights Advocacy and the Institutionalization of U.S. “Counterterrorism” Policies Since 9/11


Sep 9th, 2021

In Afghanistan, Lest We Forget


Aug 16th, 2021

Introducing a Symposium on the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy

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Jun 14th, 2021

Gendering the Boy Child in the Context of Counterterrorism: The Situation of Boys in Northeast Syria


Jun 8th, 2021

Families in the Crosshairs of National Security

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Feb 22nd, 2021

Defending Women’s Rights Is Not Terrorism: A Saudi Prosecution on Human Rights Day

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Dec 11th, 2020

Defending Human Rights Is Not Terrorism: The Egypt Arrests as a Case in Point

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Nov 30th, 2020

The Necessity of Enforcing Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in the Context of Counterterrorism


Oct 29th, 2020

The Challenges of a New UN Security Council Resolution on Foreign Fighters


Aug 17th, 2020

Judgement in the Begum Case: A Good Day for the Protection of Human Rights

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Jul 16th, 2020

Under Cover of COVID at the UN: Why Counterterrorism Is Not the Answer to a Pandemic


Jul 10th, 2020

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