Professor Ní Aoláin Appointed to U.N. Working Group
November 7, 2008—Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, who holds the Dorsey & Whitney Chair at the Law School, has accepted an appointment as an expert on the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force’s Working Group, Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism. The Working Group’s objective is “to support efforts by Member States to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of counter-terrorism.”
In her role as a member, Professor Ní Aoláin is attending a seminar Nov. 5-7 in Geneva, where the group will examine the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures on the enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights in the countries affected.
Professor Ní Aoláin, concurrently a professor of law and director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland, teaches and researches in the fields of international law, human rights law, national security law, and feminist legal theory.
She received her LL.B. and Ph.D. in law at Queen's University Law Faculty in Belfast and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. She was the first woman and first academic lawyer to be nominated by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights (in 2004 and 2007) and is currently an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Committee on the Administration of Justice, Belfast, and a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin.