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).

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Research Output

Consent, Autonomy and Coercion: A Response to Robin West

Dowds, E., 06 May 2020, 9 p. MLR Forum.

Research output: Other contribution

  • 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

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    Politics & Gender (Journal)

    Eithne Dowds (Peer reviewer)

    16 Jan 2020

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

    Perspectives on Sexual Consent Workshop

    Eithne Dowds (Organiser)

    28 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (Journal)

    Eithne Dowds (Peer reviewer)

    06 Apr 2020

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

    Reflections on the Gillen Review into the law and procedures in serious sexual offences in Northern Ireland

    Eithne Dowds (Presenter)

    03 Apr 201905 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


    Legal Sovereignty and Value Pluralism in the United Kingdom

    Author: Cochrane, L., Dec 2020

    Supervisor: Anthony, G. (Supervisor) & Dowds, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy