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Catherine O'Rourke


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 139 Citations
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Dr Catherine O'Rourke is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Gender Research Coordinator at the Transitional Justice Institute. 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 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.

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Research Output 2007 2018

Feminist Strategy in International Law: Understanding its Legal, Normative and Political Dimensions

O'Rourke, C. 16 Feb 2018 p. 1019-1045 26 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
international law

Bridging the Enforcement Gap? Evaluating the Inquiry Procedure of the CEDAW Optional Protocol

O'Rourke, C. 11 Nov 2017 (Accepted/In press) 26, 3, p. 1-21

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

political right
civil rights
human rights

CEDAW and the Security Council: Enhancing Women’s Rights in Conflict

O'Rourke, C. & Swaine, A. 25 Aug 2017 (Accepted/In press) 67, 1, p. 1-28

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

women's rights
UN Security Council

Gender, Violence and Reparations in Northern Ireland: A Story Yet to be Told

O'Rourke, C. & Swaine, A. 23 Aug 2017 21, p. 1302-1319

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
sexual violence

Gender and Transitional Justice

O'Rourke, C. Jun 2017 Research Handbook on Transitional Justice, edited by Cheryl Lawther, Luke Moffett and Dovi Jacobs. p. ?-?

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

Open Access
development policy