Daly, Aoife

Dr Aoife Daly is a lecturer at the School of Law, University College Cork, and a member of the University’s Environmental Research Institute. 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 specialises in bringing human rights based approaches to themes as varied as sex education, kinship care, and youth activism. At present she is researching youth climate activism and human rights, for example examining “How states may be held responsible for impact [of climate crisis] on children” (The Conversation, 20thOctober, 2021) and “How children are taking European states to court over the climate crisis – and changing the law” (The Conversation 8th April, 2021). She is also writing her third book Youth climate activism and international human rights law (forthcoming with Routledge, 2023).

She is an Early Career Fellow of the Independent Social Research Foundation which is funding her interdisciplinary examination of how the issue of children’s ‘competence’ is treated under the law. She is also an Honorary Researcher at the European Children’s Rights Unit, University of Liverpool, where she is part of a team training NHS nurses on children’s consent to vaccination. She is author of Children, Autonomy and the Courts: Beyond the Right to be Heard (Brill, 2018- nominated for the 2019 Hart-SLSA Book Prize) and A Commentary on the UNCRC, Article 15: The Right to Freedom of Association and to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016). She also has extensive experience working directly with children – at present she is a member of the Advisory Committee of Cork’s Comhairle na nOg (youth council). She is part of the Anthropocene Judgments Project: writing environmental law judgments of, and for, the future. She is also a member of the advisory board for UNICEF’s Draft Guidelines on Policing and Children, and recently joined the advisory board for the International Journal of Children’s Rights.