Photo of Catherine O'Rourke
  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


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). Her forthcoming monograph 'Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law' will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2019. 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.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Catherine O'Rourke is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 43 Similar Profiles
justice Social Sciences
gender Social Sciences
international law Social Sciences
reparations Social Sciences
peace Social Sciences
women's rights Social Sciences
criminal law Social Sciences
UNO Social Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2007 2019

Editorial: Gender, Conflict and Political Settlements

O'Rourke, C., 8 Feb 2019, 9, 1, 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
community research
research interest
peace process

International Gender Equality Norms and their Fragmented Protection in Conflict

O'Rourke, C., 8 Feb 2019, 9, 1, 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
international law
norm conflict

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

Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law

O'Rourke, C., 30 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) Cambridge University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

women's rights
international law
criminal law

WPS and CEDAW, Optional Protocol, and General Recommendations

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
UN Security Council



Irish Fulbright Scholar Award

Catherine O'Rourke (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction


Activities 2012 2019

  • 6 Publication Peer-review
  • 4 Membership of committee
  • 2 Other
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Arts and Humanities Research Council (External organisation)

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

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Cambridge University Press (Publisher)

Catherine O'Rourke (Reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee on Human Rights (External organisation)

Catherine O'Rourke (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Law (UoA 18) (Organisational unit)

Catherine O'Rourke (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

External Examiner, International law and human rights

Catherine O'Rourke (Other)
2018 → …

Activity: Other