Professor Fiona de Londras

ANU College of Law

Areas of expertise

  • Comparative Law 180106
  • Constitutional Law 180108
  • Human Rights Law 180114

Research interests

Professor de Londras’ work is fundamentally concerned with the role, impact and operation of constitutionalism and rights in 'complex' policy areas (i.e. areas in respect of which there are no 'right anwers'). In exploring these matters, her work concentrates broadly on  terrorism/security and the law, (comparative) constitutional law, human rights law, and gender and the law. Inevitably these themes sometimes overlap; much of her work on human rights law for example has taken place in, or develops further the work that Professor de Londras has done in, the security/counter-terrorism context. 

Prof. de Londras’ work strives to consider law in context, and almost always adopts a comparative approach drawing insights from comparative constitutional law in particular, but also international law and international human rights law. Professor de Londras’ research work has been funded by the European Commission FP7 fund, the British Academy, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and under the auspices of an ERC grant held in the Israel Democracy Institute. In 2017 Professor de Londras was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Law, which is supporting her full-time research agenda from November 2018-2021.



Fiona de Londras joined the ANU College of Law in 2019, and her full-time post is as Professor of Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. She was previously professor ar Durham Law School and lecturer at University College Dublin.

Her work has been funded by the European Commission, the British Academy, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2017 she was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in law, awarded to recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. This Prize is supporting her research agenda from November 2018-2021.

Professor de Londras is an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, senior associate of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs in the University of Toronto, and affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative in Emory University (Atlanta). She previously held advisory roles in Koç University (Istanbul), the University of Copenhagen, and University College Cork, and is on the advisory boards of major research projects based in the UK and Sweden. She was previously visiting professor at UCD School of Law, and adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales (Sydney).

Professor de Londras is the joint editor-in-chief of the Irish Yearbook of International Law. She was, for six years, co-editor of the journal Legal Studies in which capacity she also sat on the Executive of the Society of Legal Scholars; she continues to serve on the Society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a member of the editorial advisory committees of Irish Studies in International Affairs, the University of Wales Press series on International Law, the The Hague Justice Journal, the International Journal of Law in Context, and the IALS Open Book Service for Law. Professor de Londras regularly appears in print, online, radio, TV and documentary media discussing human rights and comparative constitutional law as well as current affairs more generally. 

Fiona previously held (short-term) visiting positions at University of Peshawar (Pakistan), Emory Law School (Atlanta, GA), University of Minnesota, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London), the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster), Osgoode Hall Law School (York University, Toronto), the University of Oxford (affiliated to Oxford Human Rights Hub, the OMS Human Rights for Future Generations Programme, and Lincoln College), the University of Hong Kong, and the Australian National University.  


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