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Ms Therese O'Donnell



Personal statement

One focus of my research has been on the legacy of World War II and, in particular the Holocaust. This has taken my work in the direction of hate speech, Holocaust denial, looted art, the contemporary prosecution of war criminals and collective guilt and transitional justice. I am 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.

I have also undertaken research in the area of terrorism. To this end I 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.  I was also commissioned by Save the Children UK to compile a report entitled Iraq and the Proportionality of UN Sanctions after Ten Years (2000).

Most recently I have been carrying out research into the law regarding natural disasters, with a particular focus on the draft Articles produced by the International Law Commission.  I have published a number of articles regarding a disaster-affected state’s right to refuse aid, duties of co-operation and am currently working on a piece regarding whether there is an emerging legal duty to provide aid.


The transitional justice potential of holocause-era looted art claims : re-weaving law's lattice
O'Donnell Therese
Estudios sobre el Holocausto y los bienes culturalesEstudios sobre el Holocausto y los bienes culturales, (2018)
Nigel D. White, The Cuban Embargo under International Law: El Bloqueo
O'Donnell Therese
Modern Law Review Vol 80, pp. 370-373, (2017)
Art and international law : The Raft of The Medusa (1818–1819) (Théodore Géricault (1791–1824))
O'Donnell Therese
Art and International Law, (2017)
The transitional justice potential of looted art claims
O'Donnell Therese
El expolio Nazi y la devolución de bienes culturales, (2017)
A duty of solidarity? : the International Law Commission’s draft articles and the right to offer assistance in disasters
O'Donnell Therese, Allan Craig
Research Handbook on Disasters and International LawResearch Handbook on International Law, (2016)
Identifying solidarity : the ILC project on the protection of persons in disasters and human rights
O'Donnell Therese, Allan Craig
Studies in Law and Economic Development Vol 49, pp. 53-95, (2016)

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Professional activities

International Disaster Law Expert Workshop Dublin
Invited speaker
'El expolio Nazi y la devolución de bienes culturales'
Keynote/plenary speaker
Peer reviewer
Journal of Conflict and Security Law (Journal)
Editorial board member
Humanitarian Assistance, Starvation and the Siege of Aleppo
Invited speaker

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