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Fiona McGaughey

Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Fiona is a passionate educator and researcher.  She 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 across Europe and Australia 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 both 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. She was the Irish National Focal Point for the European Racism & Xenophobia Network and then 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 took up a lecturing position at UWA in 2016. 

Fiona's primary research areas are: international human rights law, modern slavery, pedagogy and socio-legal studies.  Fiona is an editor of the Australia and New Zealand journal Third Sector Review.  She co-convenes the UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster:https://www.uwa.edu.au/able/research/modern-slavery-research-cluster and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Business and Human Rights Committee.

Roles and responsibilities

Member of Academic Board UWA

Co-covenor UWA's Modern Slavery Research Cluster (ongoing)

July 2017- July 2020, UWA Law School's Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework).

2016, UWA Law School's Director of the Law and Society Major.

Co-editor of journal Third Sector Review (TSR).

Funding overview

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Funding with colleagues for research into the effect of COVID19 on academic and student wellbeing.

Fiona and colleagues received a UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education grant for research collaboration on 'Better business and legislative responses to modern slavery' with the University of Leeds.  They subsequently received funding from Leeds University Business School (UK)’s Challenge Fund for the project: Compliance cascades in global value chains.  

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.

Previous positions

  • Sessional lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University.
  • Senior Policy Officer, National Disability Services, WA.
  • Director, Equal Measures (consultancy)
  • 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.

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.

Teaching overview

LAWS5226 International Human Rights Law

LAWS5225 Theory, Method and Contemporary Issues of International Law

LAWS3316 Law, Advocacy, Activism and Change

LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions

Teaching into Public International Law (PIL), LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights, LAWS1111 Law, Conflict & Change

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'.

Languages

Fiona speaks English
French and Irish.

External positions

WA Electrical Licensing Board

30 Jan 201930 Jan 2021

Law Council of Australia's Business and Human Rights Committee

2019 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • International Law/ Human Rights
  • Race And Ethnic Relations/ Inequality
  • The United Nations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Slavery
  • International human rights law
  • International law
  • Human rights law
  • Anti-discrimination and equality
  • United Nations
  • Disability rights
  • Modern Slavery

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