O'Donnell Thérèse Ms

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Ms Therese O'Donnell



Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3289

Research Interests

One focus of Thérèse’s research has been on the legacy of World War II and, in particular the Holocaust. This has taken her work in the direction of hate speech, Holocaust denial, looted art, the contemporary prosecution of war criminals and collective guilt and transitional justice. She is currently working towards the development of a larger work which will pull these strands together giving a sense of the concerns which have preoccupied law in the management of the historical legacy of the Third Reich.

Thérèse has also undertaken research in the area of terrorism. To this end she was a contributing editor to September 11, 2001: A Turning Point in International and Domestic Law (Transnational, 2005). This collection comprised specially commissioned chapters from twenty-two eminent authors representing every continent and covered a variety of areas including definitions of terrorism, terrorism’s impact on the rule of law and the impact on human rights law of using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists.

Thérèse has also been commissioned by Save the Children UK to compile a report entitled Iraq and the Proportionality of UN Sanctions after Ten Years (2000).

Research Reports

  • Iraq and the Proportionality of UN Sanctions after Ten Years (2000, 67pp)

Personally commissioned by Save the Children UK Fund and utilised at an NGO meeting with the majority of government missions to the UN Security Council in New York.

Teaching Interests

Thérèse teaches on the following undergraduate courses:

  • Public International Law
  • Public International Law Honours
  • Human Rights

On the LLM in Human Rights programme, she teaches:

  • International Human Rights Law

Biographical Summary

Thérèse ODonnell LL.B. (Hons) (Strathclyde), Dip. L.P. (Strathclyde), Dip. I.L. (Cantab), M.Litt. (Dub.) joined the Law School in 1999 as a Lecturer specialising in Public International Law. She qualified as a solicitor in 1995, and previously taught at Robert Gordon University in 1995/96 and at Liverpool University from 1996. She is a founding member of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law and teaches in the areas of public international law and human rights. Her research has focussed on problems in modern prosecution of World War II war criminals and freedom of expression, most notably in the context of hate speech.

She has received a British Academy research grant and a similar award from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. In 2006 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge.

Thérèse is on the editorial board of Human Rights and Human Welfare as well as being a member of the International Law Association (British Branch) Committee on Theory and International Law. She is a regular reviewer for Law and Politics Book Review. Thérèse has also refereed for Legal Studies, Juridical Review, the International Journal of Transitional Justice and Oxford and Cambridge University Presses.


  • Programme Leader of the LL.M. in Human Rights Law
  • Jessup Moot Team Coach
  • Class co-ordinator of Human Rights (Pass), PIL (Pass), PIL (Hons.) & IHRL (LL.M.)
  • Student Counsellor