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Aisling Swaine

Director of the Center on Gender Equality in International Affairs; Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Faculty: Full-Time
Suite 501K
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW
Phone: 202-994-8233

Areas of Expertise

Violence against women related to armed conflict, humanitarian and development settings; the Women, Peace and Security agenda; global gender equality policy; feminist legal theory; and international law and transitional justice.


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Aisling Swaine is an Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, focusing on women, security and development.  She is a Visiting Fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University and was previously a Hauser Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the School of Law, New York University.  

Dr. Swaine received her Ph.D. from the Transitional Justice Institute, School of Law at Ulster University, Northern Ireland and her B.A. and MSc. in Humanitarian Assistance from University College Dublin. Dr. Swaine teaches and researches issues of violence against women related to armed conflict; the women, peace and security agenda; global gender equality policy; feminist legal theory and transitional justice. 

Previously, Dr. Swaine spent over seven years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict-affected and fragile states in Africa and South East Asia for international NGOs and the United Nations.  She has also worked since 2007 as an independent consultant and technical adviser to the United Nations, including UN Women, international donors and NGOs and continues to consult globally and engage in practice. She is a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Fellow at the Human Rights Education Associates and is appointed as a Senior Gender Adviser on the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Action Gender Capacity Roster. 


Ph.D., Ulster University


"Law and Negotiation: A Role for a Transformative Approach?" (May 2016) Global Policy 7.2, pp. 282-287.

"Beyond Strategic Rape and Between the Public and Private: Violence Against Women in Armed Conflict," (August 2015) Human Rights Quarterly 37, No. 3, 755-786.

With Henri Myrttinen, "Monster Myths, Selfies and Grand Declarations," (July 9, 2015) International Feminist Journal of Politics

"Practicing Women, Peace and Security in Post-Conflict Reconstruction in International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy," edited by James Sweeney and Matthew Saul, Routledge, May 2015

With O'Rourke, Catherine and Fionnuala Ni Aolain, "Transforming Reparations for Conflict-related Sexual Violence: Principles and Practice," (March 2, 2015) Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 28, 97-146. 

"Assessing the Potential of National Action Plans to Advance Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325)," (December, 2009) Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 12, 403-433

Classes Taught

IAFF 6118 Special Topics in International Affairs: Global Gender Policy
IAFF 6180 Women, War, Peace
IAFF 3180 Special Topics in Security Policy Studies: Gender and Conflict
IAFF 3190 Special Topics in International Affairs: Women, Rights and Gender Equality