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Dr Fiona McGaughey

UWA Law School

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UWA Law School
The University of Western Australia (M253)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 5087
Fiona graduated from the Queen's University of Belfast with a Bachelors degree in Law with French, with honours. She also has a Masters degree in Human Rights and a PhD on the role of Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) in monitoring international human rights law. Fiona initially worked in the private sector as a management consultant, before moving to semi-state and not-for-profit research and policy roles, which she did for over ten years in Australia and Ireland. She has predominantly worked in the areas of disability and racial equality. During this time she held a number of positions including membership of Government steering and advisory groups and voluntary Board memberships. She was the Irish National Focal Point for the European Fundamental Rights Agency from 2005-2008. Fiona previously taught on the Masters programme at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University. She began her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2014 and took up a lecturing position in 2016.
Key research
- Researching the role of NGOs in monitoring international human rights law with a comparative analysis of United Nations treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review.
- Researching business and human rights, including 'modern slavery'.
Published and Accepted Peer-review Publications:
Fiona McGaughey, ‘Australia's Proposed Modern Slavery Act for Business Reporting - Part of an International Trend in Business and Human Rights’ (2018) 36(3) Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal.
Fiona McGaughey, ‘The Role and Influence of Non-governmental Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review – International Context and Australian Case Study’, (2017) Human Rights Law Review 421.
Fiona McGaughey, Tamara Tulich and Harry Blagg, 'UN Decision on Marlon Noble case - imprisonment of an Aboriginal man with intellectual disability found unfit to stand trial in Western Australia’ (2017) 42(1) Alternative Law Journal 67.
Fiona McGaughey,'Irish Travellers and teenage pregnancy, a feminist cultural relativist analysis' in Annelies Kamp & Majella McSharry (ed.s) Re/Assembling the Pregnant and Parenting Teenager (Peter Lang, 2017)
Fiona McGaughey, 'Advancing, retreating or stepping on each other’s toes? The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body Reporting and the Universal Periodic Review', Australian Yearbook of International Law (forthcoming).
Fiona McGaughey, 'From Gatekeepers to GONGOs: a taxonomy of Non-Governmental Organisations Monitoring International Human Rights Law in United Nations State Reporting Mechanisms' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (forthcoming).
Lisa Hartley & Fiona McGaughey, 'Using online and face-to-face simulations in human rights tertiary teaching: A comparative analysis', Journal of Human Rights Practice (forthcoming).

Teaching resources:
Banki, S., Stubbs, M., Rice, S., Duffill, P., Hartley, L., McGaughey, F., Kerdo, P. P., Orchard, P., and Berg, L. (2016). Social Justice Simulations: Social Justice Exercise Manual. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching
Banki, S., Stubbs, M., Rice, S., Hartley, L., McGaughey, F., Kerdo, P. P. , Orchard, P., Berg, L., and Duffill, P. (2016). Social Justice Simulations: Social Justice Case Studies. Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

Conference papers:
Fiona McGaughey, 'Analysing the Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Monitoring International Human Rights Law'. Delivered at the Law and Society Association Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Brisbane, December 2016.
Fiona McGaughey, 'The backdoor to the United Nations: NGOs’ role in human rights treaty body monitoring'. Delivered at AHRI Conference, Copenhagen 2014 “Human Rights under Pressure: Exploring norms, institutions and policies".

Articles in The Conversation / Blogs:
"New deal on torture a step in the right direction for Australia's human rights law". Available at:
"UN puts Australia on the spot over human rights record". Available at:
Co-authored with Mary Anne Kenny "Lashing out at the UN is not the act of a good international citizen." Available at:
"Explainer: Why is the UN reviewing Australia's record on torture?". Available at:
"Reflections on the General Assembly’s Recent Resolution on Human Rights Treaty Body Reform", Australian National University's 'Regarding Rights' Blog. Available at:

Other publications, including NGO publications, are available here:
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Fiona is the Law School's Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework) at the University of Western Australia.
She was Acting Director of the Law and Society Major at the University of Western Australia from July - December 2016.
Funding received
Fiona was part of an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching grant on social justice simulations. This was in her previous role at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University, along with partners from six other universities and led by University of Sydney. Visit: http:
Industrial relevance
Fiona has extensive experience of working in and consulting to the Not-for-Profit sector. She has particular expertise in reporting to United Nations human rights bodies, both in practice and as a researcher.
Fiona speaks English, French and Irish.
Convenor of Human Rights Academics Network (WA)
Member of Australian Corporate Accountability Network (ACAN)
Member of UWA's Modern Slavery Research Network
Member of UWA's International Law Research Hub
Member of International Law Association
Member of Academic Council on the United Nations System
Honours and awards
- Awarded an excellence and innovation in teaching team award, Curtin University Department of Humanities, 2015.
- Inaugural winner of the Graduate Women WA Leah Jane Cohen Bursary for research in the law or social justice, 2014-2017.
- Recipient of Australian Postgraduate Award 2014-2016.
- Recipient of UWA Law Internal Research Grant: Conference Travel, 2016.
Previous positions
- Sessional lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University.
- Senior Policy Officer, National Disability Services, WA.
- Research & Policy Officer, National Consultative Committee on Racism & Interculturalism, Ireland.
- Project Officer, Equal Opportunity Commission, WA.
- Manager (previously consultant) with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, WA and Accenture, Ireland.
Unit Co-ordinator:
LAWS5226 International Human Rights Law
LAWS5225 Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law
LAWS2226 International Legal Institutions
Teaching into LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights, LAWS1111 Law, Conflict & Change
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