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Dr Catherine O'Rourke Senior Lecturer in Human Rights/International Law

School of Law
Research Institute
Transitional Justice Institute
Room 21D61
Jordanstown campus
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 (0)28 903 68159
Catherine   O'Rourke

Catherine O'Rourke holds an undergraduate degree in law and politics from Queen's University Belfast and a masters degree from the London School of Economics Gender Institute. She completed her doctoral work at the TJI  under the supervision of Christine Bell and Carmel Roulston. The research examined the engagement by women's movements with transitional justice processes, and the gendered outcomes of transitional justice processes, in Chile, Northern Ireland and Colombia. The doctorate was awarded the 2010 Basil Chubb Prize for the best PhD produced in any field of politics in an Irish university and was published as a monograph by Routledge in 2013, entitled Gender Politics in Transitional Justice.  She has conducted research on gender and reparations (with TJI colleagues Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Aisling Swaine) commissioned by UN Women and the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights. Catherine is active in local feminist politics in Belfast, in particular on issues of gender and dealing with the past, and reproductive rights. 

Catherine is Gender Research Coordinator at the Transitional Justice Institute. The unifying feature of her work is the synthesis of feminist legal and political theory in order to better understand feminist legal mobilisation.

Research publications

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To view all publications please visit Ulster University Institutional Repository (UIR)