Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin elected to International Commission of Jurists
Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin has been elected to the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) for a five-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.
Commissioners are elected based on their legal reputation, their experience, knowledge and fundamental commitment to human rights. The composition of the Commission reflects the geographical diversity of the world and its many legal systems.
Commissioners participate in ICJ activities, such as country missions or trial observations and provide the ICJ with expert advice and opinions in relation to their region and in their areas of thematic expertise.
Professor Ní Aoláin is concurrently regents professor and Robina professor of law, public policy and society at the University of Minnesota Law School and professor of law at Queen’s University Belfast. She is also the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Ní Aoláin said: “I am deeply honoured to have been elected to the International Commission of Jurists and join this esteemed body of jurists and legal experts. Protecting human rights globally remains my passion and this opportunity allows me to continue that work in new and distinct ways.”