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Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is concurrently the Regents Professor and Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor of Law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In August 2017, she took up the mandate of United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism, for which her country visits during the next include France, Belgium and Qatar. Professor Ní Aoláin is the recipient of numerous academic awards including a Fulbright scholarship, the Alon Prize, the Robert Schumann Scholarship, a European Commission award, and the Lawlor fellowship. She has published extensively in the fields of national security, conflict regulation, transitional justice and sex-based violence in times of war. Ní Aoláin was a representative of the prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97). In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2011, she completed a Study on Reparations for Conflict Related Sexual Violence for the OHCHR and UN WOMEN. She has served as an Expert Consultant for the International Criminal Court and the Council of Europe. Her book Law in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press 2006) was awarded the American Society of International Law’s preeminent prize in 2007 – the Certificate of Merit for creative scholarship. Her book On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post Conflict Process was published by Oxford University Press (2011) and Guantanamo and Beyond: Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions in Comparative Perspective with Oren Gross was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press. She has held visiting positions at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Princeton University, and the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University (Jerusalem). She was appointed to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law in 2010 for a three-year term. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Victims of Torture, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; IOM and the Christian Aid Programme on Tackling Violence and Building Peace (Ireland); and is Chair of the Open Society’s Women’s Human Rights Program Board. In 2016 she was elected to the American Law Institute.

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