I am an academic lawyer with a particular interest in human rights law. This spans both international human rights law and comparative constitutional law. My scholarship is primarily concerned with what happens to human rights law and discourse where there is some kind of crisis. In the main, my work has so far been about terrorist crises, and I continued that work in my most recent work (a project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme on judicial review in counter-terrorist contexts and a project sponsored by the European Commission on the concepts and measurement of impact, legitimacy and effectiveness in EU counter-terrorism). However, I am not only interested in terroristic crises; my work is also concerned with thinking about what happens when human rights institutions experience crises of capacity, when there are political crises about highly sensitive issues (such as abortion in the Irish context), and in the aftermath of catastrophic violent crises such as war or genocide.
I am based in the University of Birmingham where I hold the Chair in Global Legal Studies. Prior to joining UoB in August 2015, I was professor of law in Durham Law School where I co-directed the Durham Human Rights Centre from 2012-14. As well as this, I am associated with a number of other institutions around the world: I hold visiting professorial positions in University College Dublin and the University of New South Wales, I am an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub at the University of Oxford, and I am a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for European Constitutionalization and Security in the University of Copenhagen, University College Cork Faculty of Law, and the Center for Global Public Law, Koç University, Turkey. In addition, I am a global affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta.
I also act as a human rights consultant, and have participated in this capacity in major research collaborations such as acting as the Ireland expert for the IALS/CECL project on implementing the EU Victims’ Rights Directive.
I founded and still write at the collaborative academic blog Human Rights in Ireland and regularly commentate in the newspapers and on radio and television on rights-related matters. I co-edit both the Irish Yearbook of International Law and Legal Studies.
My Work Online
You can access my University of Birmingham profile here, and some of my work on my academia.edu profile and my SSRN page (as well as through the publications page on this website). My Google scholar profile is here. Furthermore, I engage in debates on rights-related matters and public law through twitter @fdelond
I can be contacted by email (f.delondras @ bham.ac.uk) or telephone at +44 (0)121 414 6318.