Dr Amina Adanan

Law

Lecturer

New House
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(01) 474 7592

Biography

Dr Amina Adanan is a Lecture in Maynooth University Law Department where she teaches and researches in the area of human rights law. She publishes in the areas of Irish property law and international law. Dr. Amina Adanan’s research interests lie in international law, specifically in the area of domestic prosecutions of international crimes, and the history of international law. In 2018, Amina was awarded a Ph.D. in human rights from NUI Galway for her doctoral thesis entitled ‘Allies and enemies, past and present: An analysis of the rationale for the development of universal jurisdiction over serious crimes under international law’. Prior to that Amina completed an MA (International Relations) in DCU and an LL.B and BA International (Legal Science & Italian) in NUI Galway. Before beginning a career in academia, Amina worked in the Free Legal Advice Centres and UNICEF Ireland in research, advocacy and administrative capacities. 

Research Interests

Dr. Amina Adanan’s research interests lie in the areas of International Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law. In particular, Amina researches on the prosecution of atrocity crimes at a domestic and international level and the history of international law. Amina is interested in receiving PhD proposals in these areas.

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Universal Jurisdiction and the UNWCC Principle Investigator Royal Irish Academy / RIA / 01-MAR-21 31-OCT-21

Books

  Year Publication
2020 Irish Land Law: A Casebook.
Amina Adanan and Neil Maddox (2020) Irish Land Law: A Casebook. Dublin: Round Hall Thomson Reuters. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 ''Universal Declaration of Human Rights and customary international law''
Amina Adanan (2020) ''Universal Declaration of Human Rights and customary international law'' In: Noelle Higgins, Amina Adanan, David Doyle and Michael Doherty (eds). The Universal Declaration at 70: A review of successes and challenges. Dublin: Clarus. [Details]
2016 'Britain's influence on the regulation of the slave trade in the twentieth century'
Adanan A.;Higgins N. (2016) 'Britain's influence on the regulation of the slave trade in the twentieth century' In: British Influences on International Law, 1915-2015. [DOI] [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2020 The Universal Declaration at 70: A review of successes and challenges
Noelle Higgins, Amina Adanan, David Doyle and Michael Doherty (Ed.). (2020) The Universal Declaration at 70: A review of successes and challenges Dublin: Clarus. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 ''Succession Law and Cohabitation after 10 Years of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010''
Amina Adanan (2020) ''Succession Law and Cohabitation after 10 Years of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010''. Conveyancing and Property Law Journal, 4 :70-77 [Details]
2014 'Accountability for Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Domestic Courts: Can War Crimes be Prosecuted in Ireland?'
Amina Adanan (2014) 'Accountability for Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Domestic Courts: Can War Crimes be Prosecuted in Ireland?'. Irish Yearbook of International Law, 9 :61-87 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 Role of Rapporteur for workshop on 'Sustainable and Decent Advancement for All'
Amina Adanan (2019) Role of Rapporteur for workshop on 'Sustainable and Decent Advancement for All' DBEI ILO NUI Conference Marking the centenary of the International Labour Organization: The Declaration of Philadelphia Revisited [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 International Criminal Justice- A Counter Hegemonic Project?.
Amina Adanan (2021) International Criminal Justice- A Counter Hegemonic Project?. [Oral Presentation], 'Examining Universal Jurisdiction as a Counter-hegemonic Tool under International Law', Berlin University Alliance (online) [Details]
2021 Second Annual Workshop on Research Methods in Fundamental Rights.
Amina Adanan (2021) Second Annual Workshop on Research Methods in Fundamental Rights. [Oral Presentation], 'Questioning the universal in universal jurisdiction', Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School [Details]
2020 International Congress on the Legal Protection of Working Women in the University of Malaga.
Amina Adanan (2020) International Congress on the Legal Protection of Working Women in the University of Malaga. [Invited Oral Presentation], ‘Women, Work and International Law’, Online [Details]
2020 International Law and Covid 19.
Amina Adanan (2020) International Law and Covid 19. [Invited Oral Presentation], Response to Professor Laurence Helfer’s paper on ‘Rethinking Derogations from Human Rights Treaties’, Trinity College Dublin (online) [Details]
2019 Law and Society Association Annual Conference.
Amina Adanan (2019) Law and Society Association Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘The development of universal jurisdiction as a response to violations of human dignity during armed conflict’, Washington DC [Details]
2018 I presented a paper entitled, ‘How effective is universal criminal jurisdiction in prosecuting atrocity crimes committed in Syria?’.
Amina Adanan (2018) I presented a paper entitled, ‘How effective is universal criminal jurisdiction in prosecuting atrocity crimes committed in Syria?’. [Oral Presentation], IALT annual conference, Athlone, Ireland [Details]
2018 Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference.
Amina Adanan (2018) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. [Oral Presentation], ‘An analysis of the exercise of universal jurisdiction in the United Kingdom’, Bristol, UK [Details]
2018 Interdisciplinary Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention.
Amina Adanan (2018) Interdisciplinary Conference on the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. [Oral Presentation], ‘The Genocide Convention at 70 and the universality principle’, Nottingham University [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2019 'Reflecting on the Genocide Convention at 70: How genocide became a crime subject to universal jurisdiction'.
Amina Adanan (2019) 'Reflecting on the Genocide Convention at 70: How genocide became a crime subject to universal jurisdiction'. Blog [Details]
2019 ‘The use of extraterritorial jurisdiction to prosecute returning foreign fighters’.
Amina Adanan and Jean Molloy (2019) ‘The use of extraterritorial jurisdiction to prosecute returning foreign fighters’. Blog [Details]
2016 Domestic Regulation of Universal Jurisdiction–The Role of National Prosecutors.
Amina Adanan (2016) Domestic Regulation of Universal Jurisdiction–The Role of National Prosecutors. Blog [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2021 Charlemont Grant Royal Irish Academy
2019 MU Conference and Workshop Fund Maynooth University Research Development Office
2016 EJ Phelan Fellow in International Law National University of Ireland
2014 Doctoral Fellowship Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, NUI Galway

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Society of International Law Member /
Society of Legal Scholars Member /
Law and Society Association Member /
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Maynooth University's Commemorations Committee Member 2021 /
Law Department Teaching and Learning Committee Member 2020 /
Maynooth University Social Justice Week Committee Member 2019 /
Law Department Undergraduate Committee Chair of the BA Programme 2017 / 2020

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2018 NUI Galway Ph.D. in Human Rights International Law
2009 Dublin City University MA in International Relations International Relations
2007 NUI Galway LL.B Law
2006 NUI Galway BA (International) Legal Science and Italian

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
French Functional Functional Functional

Teaching Interests

Dr. Amina Adanan teaches International Criminal Law on the Masters programmes in the Law Department and Property Law and Fundamental Rights in Ireland to undergraduate BCL students. Since joining the Law Department in 2017, Amina has also taught International Human Rights Law on the Masters programmes and Constitutional Law on the undergraduate law programmes. Prior to joining Maynooth University, Amina lectured in NUI Galway, DCU and in the Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland. Amina has an interest in Teaching and Learning and is currently studying in the Maynooth University Centre for Teaching and Learning.