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    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 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 is an editor of the Australia and New Zealand journal Third Sector Review.  She co-convenes the UWA Modern Slavery Research Cluster and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Business and Human Rights Committee.

Roles and responsibilities

Fiona is the Law School's Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework) at the University of Western Australia.

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:

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.

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

LAWS2226 International Legal Institutions

Teaching into Public International Law (PIL), 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 2020

A Research Handbook on Art and Law

McCutcheon, J. (ed.) & McGaughey, F. (ed.), Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. (Research Handbook Series)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book/Anthology



McGaughey, F., Scaife, W., McGregor-Lowndes, M. & Burns, W., Sep 2019, In : Third Sector Review. p. v-xiii 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial


Performance or performativity? Australia’s membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Maguire, A., McGaughey, F. & Monaghan, G., 18 Aug 2019, In : Australian Journal of Human Rights.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human rights
good governance


Excellence & Innovation in Teaching

Fiona McGaughey (Recipient), 26 Nov 2014

Prize: Award

team teaching
human rights
social justice

Press / Media

Fiona is a regular contributor to The Conversation:

Fiona McGaughey


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media