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Dr Fiona De Londras BCL LLM PhD

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Title Lecturer
Address School of Law
Room 013
Roebuck Castle
Dublin 4
Telephone: +353 (0)1 7168760


I have been a lecturer at UCD School of Law since August 2008 and have held visiting positions in the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (2007), Emory Law School, (2006 and 2009), University of Peshawar (Pakistan; 2006), University of Minnesota School of Law (2010), and the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (2011). I am a Global Affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, based in Emory University, GA; an affiliate of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment; and a research fellow of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (2010-2012). I am also an invited member of the American Society for Comparative Law's sub-committee on emerging scholars in comparative law.

My work deals primarily with human rights and constitutionalism, largely (although not exclusively) in the context of counter-terrorism. The majority of my work so far (2007-present) has focussed on the role and capacities of courts to protect rights in times of crisis when, I argue, political processes are generally repressive. More recently I have also begun to consider the ways in which regulatory approaches might be useful for the enforcement, socialisation and protection of human rights. My work is regularly published in leading A and A* journals, such as the Journal of Law and Society (2011) and Human Rights Quarterly (2011), and my monograph entitled Detention in the War on Terror: Can Human Rights Fight Back? is published by Cambridge University Press. My work on Irish law focuses in the first instance on human rights protection, especially under the ECHR Act 2003, and reflecting my primary undergraduate teaching interest, I am the author of Principles of Irish Property Law, now in its 2nd edition (2011).  You can download some of my research for free on my SSRN page.

I am a frequent speaker at conferences and colloquia and have presented my work in Ireland, the UK, Europe, the United States, South Africa, Israel, Canada and Pakistan. I contribute to the celebrated international law blog IntLawGrrls and in August 2009 I founded the group academic blog Human Rights in Ireland, which is now part of the Guardian's Legal Network. From March 2011 I am joint Editor, with Siobhán Mullally, of the Irish Yearbook of International Law. I am also one of the editors (with Imelda Maher, Blanaid Clarke and Colin Scott) of Legal Studies, the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars.