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Professor of Law, University College Cork

Aoife is a Professor at the School of Law, University College Cork. She has taught and written widely on human rights, specialising in children's rights relating to climate justice. She is currently writing a book entitled "Child/Youth Climate Action and International Law: Shaping the right to a healthy environment" (Routledge, forthcoming, 2024)

In 2023 she secured a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to build a team to carry out a large scale research study on child/youth climate justice - inside and outside the courts - around the world. She is a member of the Global Network of Human Rights and the Environment. She is also a member of UCC's Centre for Law and the Environment, and UCC's Environmental Research Institute.

She was a 2019/2020 Early Career Fellow of the Independent Social Research Foundation, researching the intersection of children's rights, law and 'competence'. She has recently been training NHS nurses on children's competence to consent to medical treatment with colleagues at the Liverpool Children's Rights Unit, School of Law, University of Liverpool, where she is an honorary research fellow.

She is also 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. She also works with young people on Cork City's youth council.

Her recent publications include:

Aoife Daly (2023), 'Intergenerational Rights are Children’s Rights: Upholding the Right of Children to a Healthy Environment' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights -available at

Aoife Daly and Orla Kelleher (2023) ''The Case of Young People v Government of Ireland Supreme Court of Ireland'' In: The Anthropocene Judgments Project (Routledge).

Aoife Daly and Laura Lundy (2022), "Synthesis Report on Children’s Rights and Climate Justice" European Network of Ombudspersons for Children- available at

Aoife Daly (2022), “Climate Competence: Youth Climate Activism and Its Impact on International Human Rights Law" 22 Human Rights Law Review ngac011- 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 (2020) “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 -available at

Aoife Daly and Catherine O’Sullivan (2020), “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
    Early Career Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Independent Social Research Foundation
  • 2021
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Ragnar Soderberg Foundation (Sweden)