Aoife Nolan

Hauser Senior Global Fellow (email)

Professor Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. In November 2016, she was elected an independent expert to the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights, the leading European monitoring mechanism on economic and social rights. Nolan co-directs the University of Nottingham’s Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, the world’s largest cluster of rights and justice scholars, involving over 700 members from 22 different University centres.

Nolan has published extensively in the areas of human rights law and constitutional law, and is a global expert in the areas of children’s rights and economic and social rights. She was founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI) and is currently a member of a number of Editorial Boards, including the Human Rights Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Children’s Rights. In addition to previous full-time positions at Durham Law School and Queen’s University Belfast, she has taught at a range of international institutions, including the Geneva Academy on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, the University of Groningen and the Global School on Socio-economic Rights at Harvard University and the University of Oslo. She has previously held visiting positions at institutions including Columbia University, the University of Stellenbosch, Fordham University, Queen’s University Belfast, the Université Catholique de Louvain and UNSW.

Nolan has worked with and acted as an expert advisor and consultant to a wide range of international and national bodies and organisations working on human rights issues, including UN Special Procedures, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe, the World Bank, multiple national human rights institutions and a large number of international NGOs.  Amongst other activities, she is currently an advisor to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (GB), the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ESCR-Net, the Consortium for Street Children, and the Right to Education Project. She is a trustee of Just Fair: Justice and Fairness through Human Rights.

Nolan’s monographs include Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts (Hart, 2011), which won the IALT Kevin Boyle Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Birks Book Prize. She has edited collections on Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (CUP, 2014) and Human Rights and Public Finance (Hart, 2013) (with O’Connell and Harvey). Her most recent book, The United Nations Special Procedures System (Brill) (with Freedman and Murphy), was published in January 2017.

While at NYU Nolan will focus on a project on ‘Addressing the Challenges of Financial and Economic Crises: What Role for Human Rights?’. This work will build on her existing scholarship on human rights, budgets, economic policy and financial and economic crisis.