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Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework)
University of Western Australia


Areas of Expertise
Civil Society, Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Corporate Social Responsibility, Indigenous People, International Human Rights Law, International Organizations, Peacebuilding, United Nations Reform, United Nations, Transitional Justice, International Non-Governmental Organizations, International Law, Intergovernmental Organizations, Human Rights

Region of Focus
Oceania, Europe

Dr Fiona McGaughey graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast with a Bachelors degree in Law with French, with honours. She also has a Masters degree in Human Rights and a PhD on the role of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in monitoring international human rights law. Fiona initially worked in the private sector as a management consultant, before moving to semi-state and not-for-profit research and policy roles, which she did for over ten years in Australia and Ireland. She has predominantly worked in the areas of disability and racial equality. Her key research area is the role of NGOs in monitoring international human rights law with a comparative analysis of United Nations treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review. She also researches Australia’s human rights situation and relationship with the UN, business and human rights (‘modern slavery’), legal and human rights pedagogy, and transitional justice.

Recent Publications
Fiona McGaughey, ‘The Role and Influence of Non-governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review – International Context and Australian Case Study’, (2017) Human Rights Law Review 421.

Fiona McGaughey, Tamara Tulich and Harry Blagg, ‘UN Decision on Marlon Noble case – imprisonment of an Aboriginal man with intellectual disability found unfit to stand trial in Western Australia’ (2017) 42(1) Alternative Law Journal 67.

Fiona McGaughey,’Irish Travellers and teenage pregnancy, a feminist cultural relativist analysis’ in Annelies Kamp & Majella McSharry (ed.s) Re/Assembling the Pregnant and Parenting Teenager (Peter Lang, 2017).

Fiona McGaughey, ‘Advancing, retreating or stepping on each other’s toes? The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body Reporting and the Universal Periodic Review’, Australian Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming).

Fiona McGaughey, ‘The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Monitoring International Human Rights Law in United Nations State Reporting Mechanisms: a Taxonomy’, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (forthcoming).

Lisa Hartley & Fiona McGaughey, ‘Using online and face-to-face simulations in human rights tertiary teaching: A comparative analysis’, Journal of Human Rights Practice (forthcoming).