Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Irish pronunciation: [ˈfʲɪn̪ˠuəl̪ˠə nʲiː ˈiːl̪ˠaːnʲ]; born Galway, 1967) is an Irish academic lawyer specialising in human rights law. She is concurrently professor of law at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland - where she teaches international law and international human rights law, and is the founder and director of the Transitional Justice Institute - and the Dorsey and Whitney Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She is married to Oren Gross, Irving Younger professor of law at University of Minnesota Law School; they have three children.


A graduate of Queen's University, Belfast (LLB 1990, PhD 1998), and Columbia Law School (LLM 1996).

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Ní Aoláin & Gross, Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative Perspective (2013)(Cambridge University Press) Ní Aoláin & Weissbrodt, Development of International Human Rights Law (2013) (Ashgate) Ni Aoláin, Fionnuala, Hayes & Cahn, On the Frontlines: Women, War and the Post-Conflict Process (2011) (Oxford University Press) Weissbrodt, Ní Aoláin, Fitzpartick, and Nueman, International Human Rights: Law, Policy and Process (2009) (Lexis Pub, 4th ed.) (2009). Ní Aoláin, Weissbrodt, Rumsey & Others, Selected International Human Rights Instruments and Bibliography for Research on International Human Rights (LexisNexis, 4th ed.) (2009) Ní Aoláin & Gross Oren, Law in Times of Crisis – Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press) (2006)(Awarded the ASIL Certificate of Merit for its contribution to creative scholarship) Ní Aoláin, The Politics of Force – Conflict Management and State Violence in Northern Ireland (The Blackstaff Press) (2000)

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