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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


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.

Roles and responsibilities

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 overview

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:

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.

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

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


- 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'.


Fiona speaks English
French and Irish.


  • 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

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Research Output 2006 2019

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Irish travellers and teenage pregnancy: a feminist, cultural, relativist analysis

McGaughey, F., 2018, Re/Assembling the Pregnant and Parenting Teenager : Narratives from the field(s). Kamp, A. & McSharry, M. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang Publishing, p. 173-194

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

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