Maeve O'Rourke

Maeve O'Rourke

Dr Maeve O’Rourke is a Lecturer in Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, where (among other things) she directs a Human Rights Law Clinic in which students participate in ‘movement lawyering’. Maeve is also a barrister in London and a New York-qualified Attorney. She has led the legal work of the voluntary ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ campaign (now the ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research’ group) since 2010, and she co-directs the pro bono collaborative evidence-gathering and advocacy project, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. She is currently working towards the establishment of an independent National Archive of historical care-related records in Ireland. She litigates in several areas of human rights law and previously worked as Senior Research and Policy Officer for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, covering data protection, state surveillance, policing, protest, freedom of expression, reproductive justice, deprivation of liberty, and state accountability issues.




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