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Lecturer in Law, University College Cork

Aoife is a Lecturer at the School of Law, University College Cork. She has taught widely on human rights, specialising in children's rights, most recently at the University of Liverpool and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. She is an Early Career Fellow of the Independent Social Research Foundation researching the intersection of children's rights, law and 'competence'.

She is at present researching youth climate activism; writing about its protest rights element, and argues that such activism is changing the arena of human rights. She is currently writing a book entitled Youth Climate Activism and International Human Rights Law, and is a member of UCC's Centre for Law and the Environment, as well as the Environmental Research Institute.

She has recently been training NHS nurses on children's competence to consent to medical treatment with colleagues at the European Children's Rights Unit, School of Law, University of Liverpool, where she is an honorary research fellow. She is also at present a fellow of the Ragnar Soderberg Foundation, working with Swedish colleagues on where children and young people sit within equality law at both national and international level. She also works with young people on Cork City's youth council.

She is author of the globally celebrated Children, Autonomy and the Courts: Beyond the Right to be Heard (Brill, 2018) and A Commentary on the UNCRC, Article 15: The Right to Freedom of Association and to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly.

Her recent journal articles include

Aoife Daly, “Assessing Children’s Capacity: Reconceptualising our Understanding through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” 28 International Journal of Children’s Rights 3 (2020) -available at

Aoife Daly (2021), “Good Relations: Kinship Care in Liverpool, UK and the Views of Professionals on Human Rights” 13 Journal of Human Rights Practice 1- available at

Aoife Daly and Catherine O’Sullivan, “Sexuality Education and International Standards: Insisting Upon Children’s Rights” 42 Human Rights Quarterly 4 (2020) - available at


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University College Cork
  • 2019–2020
    Reader in Law, University of Liverpool


  • 2011 
    Trinity College Dublin, Ph.D.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2021
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Ragnar Soderberg Foundation (Sweden)
  • 2021
    Early Career Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Independent Social Research Foundation