Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Former Fellow, 2001-2002<br />

Home Institution, University of Minnesota Law School

LAPA Fellow, 2001-2002

LAPA Fellow

 344 Mondale Hall, 229-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455


While at LAPA
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Professor of Law at the University of Ulster. She has written numerous articles in the fields of international law and international human rights law. She is the author of The Politics of Force: Conflict Management and State Violence in Northern Ireland (Blackstaff Press, 2000). Professor Ní Aoláin received an LL.B. from Queen's Law Faculty in Belfast and a Ph.D. from Queen's University. She has worked for the International War Crimes Tribunal and was nominated by the Irish government to sit on the Human Rights Commission created in the Irish Republic on the basis of the Good Friday Agreement. At Princeton she will work on a book about the theoretical and comparative aspects of emergency laws entitled Law's Vanishing Point: An Analysis of Law and Crisis.


Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice by Oren Gross and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin
(Cambridge University Press, 2006)


The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ensuing 'war on terror' have focused attention on issues that have previously lurked in a dark corner at the edge of the legal universe. This book presents the first systematic and comprehensive attempt by legal scholars to conceptualize the theory of emergency powers, combining post-September 11 developments with more general theoretical, historical and comparative perspectives. The authors examine the interface between law and violent crises through history and across jurisdictions, bringing together insights gleaned from the Roman republic and Jewish law through to the initial responses to the July 2005 attacks in London. Three unique models of emergency powers are used to offer a novel conceptualization of emergency regimes, giving a coherent insight into law's interface with and regulation of crisis and a distinctive means to evaluate the legal options open to states for dealing with crises.