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Personal Statement

I was originally appointed as a Lecturer at Strathclyde in 1999 and now, as a Reader in the Law School, my particular areas of expertise are Public International Law and Human Rights Law.  I obtained my LL.B. from Strathclyde Law School and successfully undertook postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College) and the University of Dublin (Trinity College). 

I previously held lecturing positions at the University of Liverpool and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and professionally qualified as a solicitor.  I have also carried out postgraduate teaching engagements for the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham and Bristol, and Glasgow School of Art.  I have been a repeat Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge University. 

As well as peer reviewing for numerous high-impact journals and the major academic presses, I sit on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Conflict & Security Law and the African Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law.  I am also a member of the editorial review board of Human Rights & Human Welfare.  I have been a Book Review Editor for the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and am an active member of the Peer Review College of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

One focus of my research has been on the legacy of World War II and, in particular the Holocaust. This has taken my work in the direction of hate speech, Holocaust denial, looted art, the contemporary prosecution of war criminals and collective guilt and transitional justice. I am currently working towards the development of a larger work which will pull these strands together giving a sense of the concerns which have preoccupied law in the management of the historical legacy of the Third Reich.

Most recently, I have been carrying out extensive research into the law regarding disasters, with a particular focus on the Draft Articles on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters drafted by the International Law Commission which were completed in 2016. I have published a number of articles regarding a disaster-affected state’s right to refuse aid, duties of co-operation, the coincidence of disaster aid and security issues, the question of whether there is (or should be) an emerging legal duty to provide aid and what the draft Articles tell us about solidarity.  I am currently finalising a major article on potential re-conceptualisations of vulnerability in the disaster context.

I have also previously undertaken research in the area of terrorism. To this end, I was a contributing editor to September 11, 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law (Transnational, 2005). This collection comprised specially commissioned chapters from twenty-two eminent authors representing every continent and covered a variety of areas including definitions of terrorism, terrorism’s impact on the rule of law and the impact on human rights law of using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists. I was also commissioned by Save the Children UK to compile a report entitled Iraq and the Proportionality of UN Sanctions after Ten Years (2000).

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Selected Research Output 1996 2019

An offer you cannot refuse? Natural disasters, the politics of aid refusal and potential legal implications

O'Donnell, T. & Allan, C., 2013, In : Amsterdam Law Forum. 5, 1, p. 36-63 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

humanitarianism
disaster
natural disaster
politics
regime
11 Citations (Scopus)

A call to alms? natural disasters, R2P, duties of cooperation and uncharted consequences

Allan, C. & O'Donnell, T., 2012, In : Journal of Conflict and Security Law. 17, 3, p. 337-371 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disasters
natural disaster
disaster
international aid
responsibility
statehood
Palestine
International Court of Justice
UNO
Israel
Libya
Syria
sanction
heat
human rights
Historian
Penguin Books
History
Revisionist
Historical Method
16 Citations (Scopus)
Holocaust
justice
art
reconciliation
Nazism
10 Citations (Scopus)

Naming and shaming: The sorry tale of UN Security Council resolution 1530 (2004)

O'Donnell, T., Nov 2006, In : European Journal of International Law. 17, 5, p. 945 - 968 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

UN Security Council
terrorism
responsibility
lawyer
attribution
UNO
evidence
obligation
peace
threat
3 Citations (Scopus)
denazification
guilt
civil society
twentieth century
justice

Iraqi sanctions, human rights and the U.N. Security Council

O'Donnell, T., Eden, P. (ed.) & O'Donnell, T. (ed.), 2005, September 11, 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law?. New York, USA, p. 685-724 39 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction

O'Donnell, T., Eden, P., Eden, P. (ed.) & O'Donnell, T. (ed.), 2005, September 11, 2001: a turning point?. New York, USA, p. 3-24 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The trial of Maurice Papon: the night and fog of France's Vichy past

O'Donnell, T., 2002, In : Contemporary Issues in Law. 6, 2, p. 133-167 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Feminist Perspectives on Employment Law

Morris, A. (ed.) & O'Donnell, T. (ed.), 1999, (Feminist Perspectives )

Research output: Book/ReportBook

employment law
sexual harassment
discrimination
human rights
Internet
action plan
ECHR
regulation

The sweat of the brow or the breaking of the heart?

O'Donnell, T., 30 Apr 1999, Feminist perspectives on employment law. Morris, A. & O'Donnell, T. (eds.). London, p. 60 - 89 28 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

sexual harassment
discrimination
18 Citations (Scopus)

Hate-speech laws: Consistency with national and international human rights law

McGoldrick, D. & O'Donnell, T., Dec 1998, In : Legal Studies. 18, 4, p. 453 - 485 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hate
racism
human rights
xenophobia
Law

Law in the outer limits

O'Donnell, T., 1997, In : Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

newspaper
Law
time

Extraditing war criminals: The Eichmann affair

O'Donnell, T., 1997, In : Police Journal. 70, 4, p. 351 - 356 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

War Criminals
Adolf Eichmann
Israel

The prosecution of war criminals: Dilemmas of law and policy

O'Donnell, T., 1996, In : New Criminologist. 20, 3, p. 153 - 160 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

prosecution
Law
genocide
offense
Law
war crime
International Criminal Court

Contested statehood: Kosovo's struggle for independance

O'Donnell, T., 2011, In : Edinburgh Law Review. 15, 3, p. 486-488 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

statehood
Kosovo

The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial: 1945 - 1958 atrocity, law, and history by Hilary Earl

O'Donnell, T., May 2010, In : Edinburgh Law Review. 14, 2, p. 353 - 354 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Atrocities
Nuremberg
History

Civil Rights and Security

O'Donnell, T., 2010, In : Law and politics book review. 20, 5, p. 193 - 198 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

civil rights

Law, Antisemitism and the Holocaust

O'Donnell, T., 5 Oct 2008, In : Law and politics book review. 18, 10, p. 881 - 883 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

book review
antisemitism
Holocaust
Law
politics

Law in times of crisis: emergency powers in theory and practice by Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ni Aolain

O'Donnell, T., 2007, In : Law and politics book review. 17, 6, p. 508 - 515 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Law
time
immunity
genocide
offense

Law after Auschwitz: Towards a jurisprudence of the Holocaust, by David Fraser

O'Donnell, T., Jun 2005, In : Law and politics book review. 15, 6, p. 581 - 586 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Holocaust
jurisprudence
Law
lawyer
accommodation

Review: Philip B. Heymann, Terrorism, freedom and security: Winning without war

O'Donnell, T., 2004, In : Human Rights Law Review. 4, 2, p. 355 - 362 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

terrorism
torture
court decision
prisoner
Supreme Court

Thesis

How was the military intervention in Afghanistan legally justified?

Author: Mitchell, L., 1 Jan 2014

Supervisor: O'Donnell, T. (Supervisor) & Tata, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2011 2017

International Disaster Law Expert Workshop Dublin

Therese O'Donnell (Participant)
4 May 20175 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ART AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

Therese O'Donnell (Invited speaker)
31 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course