Dr Aisling Swaine

Dr Aisling Swaine

Assistant Professor

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

About me

Aisling Swaine is Assistant Professor of Gender and Security at the Department of Gender Studies, where she teaches primarily on the MSc in Women, Peace and Security. Aisling’s research interests span a range of thematic areas under the women, peace and security agenda: conflict-related violence against women, humanitarianism, transitional justice, peacebuilding and institutional strategies towards gender equality. Her book, Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition will be published by Cambridge University Press, in November 2017.

Aisling has consulted on issues of gender and security to UN Women, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court among others. For UN Women, she has developed two distinctive pieces of policy analysis on the efficacy of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific region: examining the extent to which plans meet the specific rights and needs of diverse populations of women; and whether plans appropriately tailor approaches to the situated needs of victims/survivors of sexual violence and their children.

Previously, Aisling worked with the United Nations and international NGOs in humanitarian and post-conflict recovery settings globally. She managed violence against women, economic empowerment and gender equality focused programmes in contexts such as Darfur, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Burundi and Kosovo. She also worked at international policy levels, including with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and in UN Women’s Peace and Security Policy Unit at UN Headquarters, New York.

Aisling received a PhD in law from the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University (2012), an MSc. in Humanitarian Assistance (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts (1999) from University College Dublin, Ireland. Aisling is a Visiting Fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, and previously a Hauser Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the School of Law, New York University. She is an appointed ‘Expert’ to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Policy Network, is a member of the Faculty Advisory Council of the Global Women’s Institute, George Washington University and is appointed to a number of UN advisory expert rosters.

Select Publications

  • Conflict-Related Violence Against Women: Transforming Transition, Cambridge University Press, 2017 (forthcoming).
  • Gender, Violence and Reparations in Northern Ireland: A Story Yet to be Told, International Journal of Human Rights, 2017 (With Catherine O’Rourke).
  • “Globalising Women, Peace and Security: Trends in National Action Plans.” In Rethinking National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security, ed. Sahla Aroussi. Amsterdam: IOS Publishing, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, 2017: 7-27.
  • “Enabling or Disabling Paternalism: (In)attention to Gender and Women’s Knowledge, Capacity and Authority in Humanitarian Contexts.”In Paternalism Beyond Borders, ed. Michael N. Barnett. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016: 185-233.
  •  “Practicing Women, Peace and Security in Post-Conflict Reconstruction.” In International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy, eds. James Sweeney, Matthew Saul. New York: Routledge, 2015: 66-94.
  •  “Beyond Strategic Rape and Between the Public and Private: Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict.” Human Rights Quarterly 37, no. 3 (2015): 755-786.

Select Policy Publications

  • Furthering Comprehensive Approaches to the needs of Victims/Survivors of Conflict-related Sexual Violence: An Analysis of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security in Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Timor-Leste. Bangkok: UN Women, 2017.
  • Making Women and Girls Needs, Wellbeing and Rights Central to National Action Plans in the Asia-Pacific Region. Bangkok: UN Women, 2016.
  • Guidebook on CEDAW General Recommendation No. 30 and the Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. New York: UN Women, 2015 (with Catherine O’Rourke).