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Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Appointed Honorary King's Counsel to His Majesty King Charles III

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin was appointed Honorary King's Counsel to His Majesty King Charles III on Monday 18th of March by the Lord Chancellor in Westminster Hall, London, the site of the most famous British trials including that of Charles 1 at the end of the English Civil War, William Wallace, Thomas More, Guy Fawkes, and the rebel Scottish lords of the 1715 rebellion. Her appointment was for her decades-long work supporting the peace process in Northern Ireland, advancing human rights protection in England and Wales, and for her work as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, including for the victims of terrorism. It is a life-long appointment.
 Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin holding a red leather envelope containing her appointment to the Honorary King's Counsel

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Named Honorary King's Counsel by His Majesty The King of England

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been named Honorary King's Counsel (KC Hon) by His Majesty The King of England, who approved the appointment of 95 barristers and solicitors as new King’s Counsel (KC) in England and Wales and five new Honorary King’s Counsel (KC Honoris Causa). Honorary KCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts.

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Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin visits Ukraine for the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & the Genocide Convention

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin visited Lviv, Ukraine in December for the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights & the Genocide Convention. The convention was attended by 75 international lawyers from the American Society of International Law and 75 lawyers from the Ukrainian Association of International Law, all dedicated to upholding human rights and international law.

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin at a UN meeting in Ukraine

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Concludes Term as UN Special Rapporteur

Please join the University of Minnesota Law School in congratulating Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin upon the successful completion of her second term as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Appointed to this role in 2017, Ní Aoláin worked closely with states and United Nations' entities to advance human rights protections in some of

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin speaking at the UN

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Joined European Parliamentarians in Brussels This Week for a Global Conference on the Closure of Guantanamo  

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin joined European Parliamentarians in Brussels this week for a global conference on the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The event brought the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur, European Union Parliamentarians, former detainees including Mansoor Adayfi, a non-resident Visiting Fellow at the Law School's Human Rights Center, the former Muslim Chaplain to Guantanamo, and detainee lawyers together.

Fionnuala NiAolain addressing European Parliament

Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin Elected to Serve a 5-Year Term on the International Commission of Jurists

Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin was recently elected to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) for a 5 year term. Established in 1952, the Commission plays a unique and prominent role in defending human rights and the rule of law worldwide. Served by a full-time staff with offices in every region of the world, ICJ is founded on the appointment by ballot of a fixed number of 60 eminent global jurists.

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Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin Holds Press Conference in Geneva To Report on Her Recent Visit to Syria

In her role as U.N. Special Rapporteur on the protection of rights while countering terrorism, Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin held a press conference on Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, to report on her end-of-mandate visit to Syria where she called attention to the lingering “mass arbitrary detention” in Syria's infamous al-Hol camp and others like it that she saw during her trip to the region last week—a visit that was billed as the first visit of its kind by an independent human rights expert.

Fionnuala NiAolain at UN

U.N. Experts Make Historic Visit to Minnesota

Amanda Lyons '09, executive director of the Human Rights Center, and Elina Castillo-Jiménez, Human Rights Center Weissbrodt Fellow, recently spoke to us about how they collaborated with University and community partners to invite the United Nations to Minneapolis. 

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