Thu, 29 Oct



Catherine O'Rourke in Conversation with Donna Lyons at Trinity College School of Law

New Book: 'Women's Rights in Armed Conflict Under International Law'

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Catherine O'Rourke in Conversation with Donna Lyons at Trinity College School of Law

Time & Location

29 Oct 2020, 16:00 – 17:00 GMT


About the event

Dr. Catherine O'Rourke in conversation with Donna Lyons at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, on her new book: ‘Women's Rights in Armed Conflict Under International Law'

Date and time: 4pm - 5pm Dublin/London, Thursday, 29 October 2020

This discussion has been timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (which was adopted on 31 October 2000). This is a particularly timely discussion in light of Ireland's recent election to the UN Security Council (for the period 2021/2022). We are also delighted to welcome Aisling Swaine, Professor of Gender Studies, UCD, and Aoife O'Donoghue, Professor of International Law and Global Governance, Durham University, with remarks and questions for Dr. O'Rourke on this important new book. 

Attendees can join the webinar directly via Zoom ( and the event will be simultaneously live-streamed on the Law School Facebook page ( event is free and open to all and there will be an opportunity for Q&A. You can register in advance to receive details and reminders but please note: the webinar can accommodate 100 attendees and participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the webinar fills to capacity, it will be possible to watch the Facebook Live Stream, and a recording will also be made available following the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Dr. Catherine O'Rourke is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. Dr. O'Rourke researches, teaches and engages in policy work in the fields of gender, conflict, transitional justice and international law. As a scholar, she has a noted record of publications and research grants. Her research has been supported by funders such as the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Irish government’s Reconciliation Fund and the UK’s Department for International Development. Her scholarship has been recognized with the Irish Fulbright Scholar Award (2016/17) and the Basil Chubb Prize (2010) for the best PhD in politics produced in an Irish university. Catherine holds an LLB Law with Politics from Queen's University Belfast and MSc Gender from the London School of Economics. Her PhD, from Ulster University Transitional Justice Institute, was subsequently published as a monograph, 'Gender Politics in Transitional Justice' (Routledge, 2013). She works with the Irish and UK governments, the United Nations and several non-governmental organizations in policy work related to her expertise. She is regularly commissioned by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to conduct expert research, such as UN Women and the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, and the International Criminal Court Trust Fund for Victims.

About 'Women's Rights in Armed Conflict Under International Law':

Laws and norms that focus on women’s lives in conflict have proliferated across the regimes of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law and the United Nations Security Council. While separate institutions, with differing powers of monitoring and enforcement, implement these laws and norms, the activities of regimes overlap. Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law is the first book to account for this pluralism and institutional diversity. This book identifies key aspects of how different regimes regulate women’s rights in conflict, and how they interact. Using country case studies to reveal the practical implications of the fragmented protection of women’s rights in conflict, this book offers a dynamic account of how regimes and institutions interact, the extent to which they reinforce each other, and the tensions and gaps in regulation that emerge.

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