Eithne Dowds


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    United Kingdom

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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.


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Dr Eithne Dowds is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses on the legal construction of the crime of rape, with a particular focus on formulations of sexual consent, in international and domestic criminal law. Her monograph, Feminist Engagement with International Criminal Law (Hart 2019) explored the relationship between consent and coercion as elements of the crime of rape. More recently, her work has focused on the trend towards the adoption of affirmative notions of consent, as well as legal framings of the accused’s mindset in respect of consent. Eithne has responded to a range of consultations including those addressed to the International Criminal Court and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. Eithne’s work on consent has been cited in the Gillen Review on the investigation and prosecution of sexual offences in Northern Ireland. She is a member of the Legal Expert Council for the Conversations on Consent (CoC) Campaign and also has an interest in the law and procedure surrounding the prosecution of sexual offences more generally, co-editing a collection of papers on reform efforts in the context of Northern Ireland (Killean, Dowds and McAlinden, Sexual Offences on Trial, 2021).

Eithne is the co-founder, along with Dr Susan Leahy (Uiveristy of Limerick), of the All-Ireland Network on Sexual Violence Research. A interdisciplinary research network that aim bring together academics and postgraduate research students, practitioners and policy makers from across the island of Ireland, working in the area of sexual violence. For more information see here.


Criminology: Theory and Practice (UG Level 3) (Module Coordinator)

Evidence (MLaw) 




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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).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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