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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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 monograph, Feminist Engagement with International Criminal Law: Norm Transfer, Complementarity, Rape and Consent (Hart publishing 2020), introduces and further develops the feminist strategy of 'norm transfer': the proposal that feminist informed standards created at the level of international criminal law make their way into domestic contexts. The book uses the crime of rape as a case study and offers a new perspective on one of the most contentious debates within international and domestic criminal legal feminism: the relationship between consent and coercion in the definition of rape. Eithne's research continues to explore the role of consent in domestic rape reform efforts and the development of affirmative conceptions of the concept. 


Criminology: Theory and Practice (UG Level 3)

Evidence (UG Level 3)

Evidence (MLaw) (Module Coordinator)



Advisor of Studies (UG Level 3)

Personal Tutor

Staff Lead Law Pathways Programme and Senior Academy 




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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