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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom


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Dr Catherine O'Rourke is Director of the Transitional Justice Institute and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and International Law in the School of Law. She 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 Ulster University Faculty Distinguished Research Fellowship (2019/20), 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). Her monograph 'Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law' is published with Cambridge University Press in 2020. 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.

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Research Output

Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law

O'Rourke, C., 1 May 2020, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 415 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Editorial: Gender, Conflict and Political Settlements

    O'Rourke, C., 8 Feb 2019, In : feminists@law. 9, 1, 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • International Gender Equality Norms and their Fragmented Protection in Conflict

    O'Rourke, C., 8 Feb 2019, In : feminists@law. 9, 1, 7.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Response to Government Consultation: A new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland: Submission of the TJI LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights cohort

    Espinós Blasco, M., Capstick, K., Madi, Z., O'Rourke, C., Parwon, Y. V. & Pugh, N., 16 Dec 2019, 28 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
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    WPS and CEDAW, Optional Protocol, and General Recommendations

    O'Rourke, C. & Swaine, A., 7 Feb 2019, Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security. Oxford University Press, p. 669 679 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 9 Downloads (Pure)


  • Irish Fulbright Scholar Award

    Catherine O'Rourke (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    Gender, Human Rights and COVID-19

    Catherine O'Rourke (Speaker)
    14 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Conversation on Online Research Ethics and Governance

    Rory O'Connell (Participant), Nick Curry (Participant), Catherine O'Rourke (Participant), Maire Braniff (Participant), Brandon Hamber (Participant)
    26 May 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Women's Rights in Armed Conflict: A Focus on WPS-CEDAW Synergies

    Catherine O'Rourke (Speaker)
    15 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Arts and Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

    Catherine O'Rourke (Member)
    9 Dec 20198 Dec 2023

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Law (UoA 18) (Organisational unit)

    Catherine O'Rourke (Chair)
    2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee