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Dr Jane Rooney

Dr Jane Rooney

Dr Jane Rooney
BA(Oxon.), LLM(UCDublin)

Lecturer in Law

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Lecturer in Law

Office G.07
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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+44 (0) 117 42 82004



Dr Jane M Rooney is a Lecturer in Law at Bristol University. Her research interests lie in the extraterritorial application of human rights, human rights litigation in global governance, critical constitutionalism, and human rights protection in the context of devolution in the UK. She has published in these areas in leading academic publications including the Modern Law Review, Public Law, Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Comparative Constitutional Law, and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. She is book review editor of European Human Rights Law Review.

Dr Rooney is Global Research Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, New York University (Spring 2020). Her research at NYU develops a new normative frame for the extraterritorial application of human rights. Legitimacy concerns regarding the expansion of extraterritoriality are challenged by acknowledging the significant democratic function of human rights adjudication for extraterritorial applicants. Human rights adjudication enables extraterritorial victims to participate in the law-making process, facilitates potential disempowerment and helps identify political and legal relationships that necessitate processes of good governance. Challenges and limitations arising from the extraterritorial application of human rights are investigated through applying the unique normative frame to three case studies: corporate environmental harm, the Mexico City Policy (the Global Gag Rule) and targeted killing.

Dr Rooney is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She teaches Law and State on the Undergraduate programme, and International Criminal Law, European Human Rights Law, and International Human Rights Law on the postgraduate programme. She facilitates student projects with human rights organisations in the Human Rights Implementation Centre at Bristol Law School.

She has actively engaged with UK parliamentary committees on issues relating to UK military operations abroad and abortion reform in Northern Ireland.



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