Eithne Dowds


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    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am particularly willing to supervise PhD students with an interest in the legal framing of sexual consent, rape reform, responses to sexual and gender based violence in international and domestic criminal law, feminist legal theory and children born of sexual violence in conflict.


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Personal profile

Research Interests

Eithne's research intersects the areas of international criminal law, feminist legal theory, sexual offences and children born of sexual violence in conflict. Her PhD thesis examined the role of consent in an international criminal definition of rape. Eithne is particularly interested in feminist strategies in international criminal law and the extent to which developments at the international criminal level might bear relevance to domestic law on sexual offences.


European Internal Market Law (UG Level 1) (Module Coordinator)

European Constitutional Law (UG Level 1)

Criminology: Theory and Practice (UG Level 3)

Evidence (MLaw) (Module Coordinator)

Crime, Justice and Society (PG)



Advisor of Studies (UG Level 1)

Personal Tutor




2013-2017: PhD in Law, Queen’s University, Belfast.
2010 –2011:  Masters of Laws in Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Ulster University (Distinction).
2007-2010: LLB Honours Law with Criminology, University of Ulster, (First Class Honours).

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Research Output

Feminist Engagement with International Criminal Law: Norm Transfer, Complementarity, Rape and Consent

Dowds, E., 23 Jan 2020, 1 ed. Oxford: Hart Publishing. 280 p. (Series in International Law)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
  • Rape and Sexual Violence

    Killean, R. & Dowds, E., 05 Dec 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Response to Historical Institutional Abuse Consultation

    Moffett, L., Shilliday, P., Gilmore, S., Millman, S., Clarke, A., Coulter, A., Slane, D., Bousquet, K., Hearty, M., Killean, R., Hearty, K., McAlinden, A-M. & Dowds, E., 10 Feb 2019, QUB Human Rights Centre. 72 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access

    Response to the Preliminary Report of the Gillen Review

    Dowds, E., 15 Jan 2019, 7 p.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Activities

    Politics & Gender (Journal)

    Eithne Dowds (Peer reviewer)
    16 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Gillen Review Outreach Event

    Eithne Dowds (Chair)
    15 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    QUB HRC Fifth Annual PhD Conference

    Sunneva Gilmore (Organiser), Sunneva Gilmore (Speaker), Paula Shilliday (Organiser), Paula Shilliday (Speaker), Luke Moffett (Invited speaker), Eithne Dowds (Invited speaker)
    07 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    School of Law 'Ask Me' Event

    Eithne Dowds (Advisor)
    15 Jan 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther