Professor Fiona de Londras

Professor Fiona de Londras

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Global Legal Studies
Deputy Head of Birmingham Law School

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6318
Fax
+44 (0)121 414 3585
Email
f.delondras@bham.ac.uk
Twitter
@fdelond
Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor de Londras’ research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism. She explores these themes, primarily, in the context of counter-terrorism, the jurisprudence and future of the European Court of Human Rights, and the reform of abortion law in Ireland. She is the joint Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Law, and formerly edited Legal Studies. She holds numerous international and adjunct appointments and regularly lectures on her research in law schools around the world. She is a visiting/adjunct professor at UNSW (Sydney) and UCD (Dublin), a global affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative (Emory, Atlanta), and an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Qualifications

  • BCL (NUI)
  • LLM (NUI)
  • PhD (NUI)

Biography

Fiona de Londras joined Birmingham Law School as the inaugural Chair in Global Legal Studies in the summer of 2015, following time as professor of law at Durham Law School and a lecturer at University College Dublin. Fiona’s research and teaching are in the fields of human rights and comparative constitutional law with a particular focus on counter-terrorism. She is a visiting professor at UCD School of Law, adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales (Sydney), Global Affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University, and an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. In addition, she holds advisory roles at Koç University (Istanbul), the University of Copenhagen, and her alma mater: University College Cork.

Professor de Londras is the joint editor-in-chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Law and the founder of Human Rights in Ireland, a collaborative academic blog with a focus on human rights issues in Ireland and on Irish scholarship about human rights theory, practice, law and politics. Professor de Londras regularly appears in print, online, radio, TV and documentary media discussing human rights and comparative constitutional law as well as current affairs more generally. 

Fiona previously held (short-term) visiting positions at University of Peshawar (Pakistan), Emory Law School (Atlanta, GA), University of Minnesota, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster), Osgoode Hall Law School (York University, Toronto), the University of Oxford (affiliated to Oxford Human Rights Hub, the OMS Human Rights for Future Generations Programme, and Lincoln College), and the University of Hong Kong. From 2010-2012 she was a research fellow of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law. In January 2015 she was Genest Global Visitor at Osgoode Hall, as part of which she delivered the Pierre Genest Memorial Lecture.

Teaching

Professor de Londras is the module leader for the LLM module International and European Responses to Terrorism.

Postgraduate supervision


Professor de Londras currently supervises students working on (national, comparative, and international) public law and on topics as diverse as the human rights of older people, judicial identity, and Traveller rights. She is interested in hearing  proposals for doctoral study from people interested in working on topics such as:

      • The European Court of Human Rights
      • Counter-terrorism, transnationalism, and human rights
      • Comparative constitutional law
      • Abortion law reform

Research

Professor de Londras’ work concentrates broadly on four areas: terrorism/security and the law, constitutional law, human rights law, and gender and the law. Inevitably these themes sometimes overlap; much of her work on human rights law for example has taken place or develops further the work that Professor de Londras has done in the security/counter-terrorism context. Fundamentally her work is concerned with power and, more particularly, with the ways in which constitutionalist principles of limited, accountable and transparent power work, especially in situations of strain, emergency or crisis.

Prof. de Londras’ work strives to consider law in context, and almost always adopts a comparative approach drawing insights from comparative constitutional law in particular, but also international law and international human rights law. In some of her work there is an empirical element; for example, the SECILE project (on EU counter-terrorism) was heavily empirically informed having engaged in a structured manner with dozens of stakeholders. You can find out more about Prof. de Londras’ research here.

Other activities

  • Deputy Head of School
  • BLS Research Committee
  • BLS School Executive

Publications

Books

  • Fiona de Londras, (2011) Detention in the War on Terror: Can Human Rights Fight Back?, Cambridge University Press
  • Fiona de Londras (2011) Principles of Irish Property Law, 2nd Edition, Dublin, Ireland: Clarus Press  
  • Fiona de Londras & Cliona Kelly (2010) The European Convention on Human Rights Act: Operation, Impact and Analysis Dublin: Round Hall/Thomson Reuters.  
  • Fiona de Londras (2007) Principles of Irish Property Law Dublin, Ireland: Clarus Press.  

Edited Collections

  • Fiona de Londras & Siobhan Mullally (eds), Irish Yearbook of International Law 2014 (2015; Hart Publishing)
  • Fiona de Londras & Siobhan Mullally (eds), Irish Yearbook of International Law 2013 (2015; Hart Publishing)
  • Fiona de Londras & Josephine Doody, The Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness of EU Counter-Terrorism (2015; Routledge)
  • Fiona de Londras & Siobhan Mullally (eds), Irish Yearbook of International Law 2012 (2014; Hart Publishing)
  • Fergal Davis & Fiona de Londras, Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorism Judicial Review (2014; Cambridge University Press)
  • Fiona de Londras & Siobhán Mullally (eds), Irish Yearbook of International Law 2011 (2013; Hart Publishing)
  • Fiona de Londras & Siobhán Mullally (eds), Irish Yearbook of International Law 2009-2010 (2012; Hart Publishing)
  • Fiona de Londras (ed), Irish Law Times: Special Issue on the Judges’ Pay Referendum (2011)

Peer Reviewed Journals

  • Fiona de Londras & Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, “Mission Impossible? Addressing Non-Execution through Infringement Proceedings in the European Court of Human Rights” (2017) International and Comparative Law Quarterly ___ (forthcoming)
  • Fiona de Londras, “Fatal Foetal Abnormality, the Irish Constitution, and Mellet v Ireland” (2016) 24 Medical Law Review ___ (accepted & forthcoming)
  • Fiona de Londras, “Accounting for Rights in EU Counter-Terrorism”, (2016) 22(2) Columbia Journal of European Law 237-274
  • Máiréad Enright, Vicky Conway, Fiona de Londras, Mary Donnelly, Ruth Fletcher, Natalie McDonnell, Sheelagh McGuinness, Claire Murray, Sinéad Ring, Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh, “General Scheme of Access to Abortion Bill 2015” (2015) Feminists@Law
  • Máiréad Enright, Vicky Conway, Fiona de Londras, Mary Donnelly, Ruth Fletcher, Natalie McDonnell, Sheelagh McGuinness, Claire Murray, Sinéad Ring, Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh, “Abortion Law Reform in Ireland: A Model for Change” (2015) Feminists@Law
  • Fiona de Londras, “Constitutionalizing Fetal Rights: A Salutary Tale from Ireland” (2015) 22(2) Michigan Journal of Gender and the Law 243-289
  • Fiona de Londras & Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, “Managing Judicial Innovation at the European Court of Human Rights” (2015) 15(3) Human Rights Law Review 523-547
  • Mairead Enright & Fiona de Londras, ‘Empty Without and Empty Within: The Unworkability of the Eighth Amendment after Savita Halappanavar and Miss Y” (2014) 20(2) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland 85-92
  • Fiona de Londras, “Declarations of Incompatibility under the ECHR Act 2003: A Workable Transplant?” (2014) 35(1) Statute Law Review 50-65
  • Fiona de Londras & Laura Graham, “Impossible Floodgates and Unworkable Analogies in the Irish Abortion Debate“ (2013) 3(3) Irish Journal of Legal Studies 54-75
  • Fiona de Londras, “Suicide and Abortion: Analysing the Legislative Options in Ireland” (2013) 19(1) Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland 4-7
  • Fiona de Londras & Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, “Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, A, B and C v Ireland” (2013) 62(1) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 250-262
  • Fiona de Londras, “Dual Functionality and the Persistent Frailty of the European Court of Human Rights” (2013) European Human Rights Law Review 38-46
  • Blanaid Clarke, Fiona de Londras, Imelda Maher & Colin Scott, “Editorial” (2012) Legal Studies 1
  • Fiona de Londras, Closing Guantánamo Bay: The Triumph of Politics over Law?’[2012]Public Law 18-26
  • Fiona de Londras, ‘Can Counter-Terrorist Internment Ever Be Legitimate?’ (2011) 33(3) Human Rights Quarterly 593-619
  • Fiona de Londras, ‘Privatized Sovereign Performance: Regulating in the 'Gap' between Security and Rights?' (2011) 38(1) Journal of Law and Society 96-118
  • Fiona de Londras & Suzanne Kingston, 'Rights, Security and Conflicting International Obligations: Exploring Inter-Jurisdictional Judicial Dialogues in Europe' (2010) 58(2) American Journal of Comparative Law 359-413
  • Fiona de Londras & Fergal F Davis, 'Controlling the Executive in Times of Terrorism: Competing Perspectives on Effective Oversight' (2010) 30(1) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 19-47
  • Fiona de Londras, 'International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Rights: In Favour of Synergy' (2009) 9(2) International Review of Constitutionalism 307-328
  • Fiona de Londras 'Shannon, Saadi and Ireland's Reliance on Diplomatic Assurances' (2009) 2 Irish Yearbook of International Law 79-90 
  • Fiona de Londras, 'International Law in Ireland 2007' (2009) 2 Irish Yearbook of International Law 105-118.
  • Fiona de Londras, 'International Decision: Saadi v Italy' (2008) 102 American Journal of International Law 616-622
  • Fiona de Londras, 'What Human Rights Law Could Do: Lamenting the Lack of an International Human Rights Law Approach in Boumediene and Al Odah' (2008) 41(3) Israel Law Review 562-595 
  • Fiona de Londras 'Guantanamo Bay: Towards Legality?' (2008) 71(1) Modern Law Review 36-58 
  • Fiona de Londras, 'Irish State Practice in International Law 2007' (2008) 1 Irish Yearbook of International Law 241-266.
  • Fiona de Londras, Siobhan Mullally, Liam Thornton, Darren O'Donovan, 'Human Rights in Ireland 2006' (2008) 1 Irish Yearbook of International Law 313-329.
  • Fiona de Londras, 'The Technical Defence to the Judgment Mortgage: Time to Say Goodbye?' (2008) 13(1) Conveyancing and Property Law Journal
  • Fiona de Londras, 'The Right to Challenge the Lawfulness of Detention: An International Perspective on U.S. Detention of Suspected-Terrorists' (2007) 12(2) Journal of Conflict and Security Law 223-260 
  • Fiona de Londras, 'In the Shadow of Hamdan v Rumsfeld: Habeas Corpus Rights of Guantánamo Bay Detainees' (2007) 17(2) Irish Criminal Law Journal 8-16.
  • Fiona de Londras, 'Hamdan v Rumsfeld' (2007) 54(3) Netherlands International Law Review 539-550
  • Fiona de Londras, 'The Law That Dare Now Speak Its Name?' (2006) 9(2) Irish Family Law Journal 
  • Fiona de Londras, 'Kow Towing to the Twin Gods of Time and Money: The Guilty Plea Discount in Sentencing' (2004) 14(1) Irish Criminal Law Journal

 Book Chapters

  • Fiona de Londras, “Sustainable Security: A Proposal” in Dapo Akande, Jaakko Kuosomen, Helen McDermott and Dominic Roser (eds), Human Rights for Future Generations (2017; Oxford University Press), forthcoming
  • Fiona de Londras, “Evaluation and Effectiveness of Counter-Terrorism” in Wim Hardyns, Koen Ponnet, Genserik Reniers, Wim Smit, Luc Braeckmans & Barbara Segaert (eds), Socially Responsible Innovation in Security: Critical Reflections (2017), forthcoming
  • Fiona de Londras, “Hybrid (Counter-) Terrorism” in Nicolas Lemay-Hebert & Rosa Freedman, Hybridity: Law, Culture, and Development (2016; Routledge), forthcoming
  • Participatory Research: Some Provocations for Doctoral Students in Law” in Jennifer Schweppe, Laura Cahillane & Laura Donnellan (eds), Research Methods in Law (2016; Clarus Press) forthcoming
  • Fiona de Londras, “Managing Research and Research teams” in Chris Ashford & Jessica Guth, The Legal Academic’s Handbook (2016; Ashgate), forthcoming
  • Fiona de Londras, “In defence of judicial innovation and constitutional evolution” in Tom Hickey, James Gallen and Laura Cahillan (eds), Judicial Politics and the Constitution (2016; Manchester University Press), forthcoming (6,000 words)
  • Fiona de Londras, “Zappone & Anor v Revenue Commissioners & Ors” in Mairead Enright, Aoife O’Donoghue & Julie McAndless, Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments (2016; Hart Publishing), forthcoming (6,000 words)
  • Fiona de Londras, (2015) “Governance Gaps and Constitutionalism in EU Counter-Terrorism: The Argument for Closing the Loop” in Fiona de Londras & Josephine Doody, The Impact, Legitimacy and Effectveness of EU Counter-Terrorism (Routledge)
  • Fiona de Londras & Josephine Doody, (2015) “Introduction” in Fiona de Londras & Josephine Doody, The Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness of EU Counter-Terrorism (Routledge) 
  • Fiona de Londras (2014), “Neither Herald nor Fanfare: The Limited Impact of the ECHR Act 2003 on Rights Infrastructure in Ireland” in Suzanne Egan, Liam Thornton & Judy Walsh (eds), Ireland and the ECHR: 60 Years and Beyond (Bloomsbury Professional), 37-54.
  • Fiona de Londras (2014), “Counter-Terrorism Judicial Review as Regulatory Constitutionalism” in Fergal F. Davis & Fiona de Londras, Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review (CUP), 35-55.
  • Fergal F. Davis & Fiona de Londras (2014), “Counter-Terrorism Judicial Review: Beyond Dichotomies” in Fergal F. Davis & Fiona de Londras, Critical Debates on Counter-Terrorist Judicial Review (CUP), 1-32.
  • Fiona de Londras (2014), “Counter-Terrorist Detention and International Human Rights Law” in Ben Saul (ed), Research Handbook on Terrorism and International Law (Edward Elgar), 401-417.
  • Fiona de Londras (2014) ‘Guantánamo Bay, the Rise of Courts and the Revenge of Politics’ in David Jenkins, Anders Henriksen & Amanda Jacobsen (eds). The Long Decade: How 9/11 Has Changed the Law (OUP) 155-168.
  • Fiona de Londras (2013), “Privatised Counter-Terrorist Surveillance: Constitutionalism Undermined” in George Williams, Fergal F Davis & Nicola McGarrity (eds), Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism (Routledge) 59-72.
  • Fiona de Londras (2013), ‘Prevention, Detention and Extraordinariness’ in Fionnuala ní Aoláin and Oren Gross (eds), Guantánamo Bay and Beyond Exceptional Courts and Military Commissions In Comparative and Policy Perspective (CUP), 117-136.
  • Fiona de Londras & David Gwynn Morgan (2012) ‘Constitutional Amendment in Ireland’ in Xenophon Contiades (eds).  Engineering Constitutional Change: A Comparative Perspective on Europe, Canada and the USA (Routledge), 179-202.
  • Fiona de Londras (2011) 'Privatized Sovereign Performance: Regulating in the 'Gap' Between Security and Rights' in C. Scott, F. Caffagi & L. Senden (eds). Transnational Private Regulation: Conceptual and Constitutional Debates (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Fiona de Londras (2010) 'Terrorism as an International Crime' in William Schabas & Nadia Bernaz (eds). Routledge Handbook on International Criminal Law (Routledge),169-180.
  • Fiona de Londras (2010) 'Sexual Violence before the ICTY and ICTR' in Martha L.A. Fineman (eds). Feminist Legal Theory: Transcending the Boundaries of Law (Routledge), 290-304.
  • Fiona de Londras (2010) 'Dualism, Domestic Courts and the Rule of International Law' in Sellers, Mortimer & Tomaszewski, Tadeusz (eds). Ius Gentium: The Rule of Law in Comparative Perspective (Springer), 217-244.
  • Fiona de Londras (2009) 'Land Law, Landlord and Tenant, and Conveyancing' in William Binchy & Raymond Byrne (eds). Annual Review of Irish Law 2008. (Thompson Roundhall).
  • Fiona de Londras (2009) 'Confronting the Porrajmos' In: Evoking Genocide: Scholars and Activists Describe the Work that Shaped their Lives (The Key)
  • Fiona de Londras (2008) 'Land Law, Landlord and Tenant, and Conveyancing' in William Binchy & Ray Byrne (eds). Annual Review of Irish Law 2007 (Round Hall)
  • Fiona de Londras (2007) 'The Religiosity of Jus Cogens: A Moral Argument for Compliance?' in Rehman, J. & Breau, S (eds). Religion and Human Rights Law: A Critical Examination of Islamic Law and Practices (Martinus Nijhoff), 247-280.
  • Fiona de Londras (2007) 'Telling Stories and Hearing Truths: Providing an Effective Remedy to Genocidal Sexual Violence against Women'in Henham R. & Behrens P. (eds), The Criminal Law of Genocide: International. Comparative and Contextual Aspects (Ashgate), 113-124.

Published Reports

Presentations & Lectures

Professor de Londras has presented at almost 100 conferences, seminars, colloquia and other events in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa. Recent highlights include

  • 2015 Séan Lester Memorial Lecture, Irish Society of International Law, ‘The Future of the European Court of Human Rights’, Dublin, 1 December 2015
  • Keynote lecturer, ‘Evaluation and Effectiveness of Counter-Terrorism’, University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp, 21 October 2015
  • The Pierre Genest Memorial Lecture, ‘Transnationalism, Counter-Terrorism, and Human Rights’ Osgoode Hall Law School, 7 January 2015
  • York University Public Lecture Series, ‘Wikountability: Publicity and Accountability in the Contemporary Counter-Terrorist State’, 27 January 2015
  • “EU Counter-Terrorism”, Council of Europe Conference on EU Counter-Terrorism: Patterns, Models and Cross Application to Organised Crime, 25-26 September, Malaga (invited by Council of Europe)
  • Keynote lecture, ‘When Law and Politics Collide’, Istanbul, 26 April 2014
  • Inaugural Lecture, ‘Counter-Terrorism Everywhere’, Hatfield College Durham, 13 June 2013

 

A full list is available at https://fionadelondras.com/presentations/