Dr. Ciara O'Connell
Visiting Research Fellow, Law
Ciara O'Connell is a Research Fellow with the PRILA project (Prisons: The Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights). She examines how international oversight of prisons is experienced by people living and working in prison. Ciara is an experienced empirical legal researcher, having conducted field research in prisons in Norway, Scotland and Ireland. Her previous research has also included field research in Latin American and African countries. Her expertise is in qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on the lived experience of human rights monitoring.
Ciara holds a PhD in Law from the University of Sussex (UK), and an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. More recently, she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Centre for Human Rights in South Africa, and also consulted with UNODC on the nexus between organised crime and terrorism.
Previous research includes gendered analysis of judgments and reparations emerging from the Inter-American and African regional human rights systems. Her research can be found in publications such as Health and Human Rights, International Human Rights of Women, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the African Journal of Human Rights Law.
Publications and Further Research Outputs
Ciara O'Connnell, Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, The European committee for the prevention of torture and the gendered experience of imprisonment, Crime, Law and Social Change, 2021
Ciara O'Connell and Christina Zampas, The Human Rights Impact of Gender Stereotyping in the Context of Reproductive Health Care, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 144, (1), 2019, p116 - 121
Ciara O'Connell, Reconceptualising the First African Women's Protocol Case to Work for All Women, African Human Rights Law Journal, 19, (1), 2019, p510 - 533
The Inter-American System and Women's Rights in, editor(s)Niamh Reilly , International Human Rights of Women, Online First, Springer Press Singapore, 2018, [Ciara O'Connell]
What a 'Private Life' Means for Women in, editor(s)Yves Haeck, Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga and Clara Burbano Herrera , The Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Theory and Practice, Present and Future, Cambridge, Intersentia, 2015, pp629 - 645, [Ciara O'Connell]
Ciara O'Connell, Litigating Reproductive Health Rights in the Inter-American System: What Does a Winning Case Look Like?', Health and Human Rights, 14, (2), 2014, p116 - 128
Vinodh Jaichand and Ciara O'Connell, Bringing It Home: The Inter-American System and State Obligations, Inter-American and European Human Rights Journals, 3, (1-2), 2010, p49 - 69
Ciara O'Connell and Mary Rogan, Rights & Recommendations: Prison Perspectives on the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Law and Society Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA (virtual), 31 May 2020, 2020
Ciara O'Connell and Mary Rogan, Rights and Recommendations: Prison Perspectives on the Committee for the Prevention of Torture, 2020
Ciara O'Connell, Eva Aizpurua and Mary Rogan, The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Gendered Experience of Imprisonment, Gender in Law and Courts: Uneasy Encounters?, European University Institute, 8 November 2019, 2019
Ciara O'Connell, Diana Guarnizo Peralta and Cesar Rodriguez Garavito, Amicus Curiae Brief Presented to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the Case of IV V. Bolivia, 2016, -
Ciara O'Connell, Engendering Reproductive Rights in the Inter-American System, International Development Studies, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice: What's Law Got to Do with It?, Brighton, UK, March 2015, edited by Kay Lalor, Elizabeth Mills, Arturo Sanchez Garcia and Polly Haste , 2016, pp58 - 66