Dr Maeve O'Rourke

PhD, LLM, BCL

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
E: maeve.orourke@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher
 

Biography

Maeve O’Rourke, PhD (Birmingham), LLM (Harvard), BCL (University College Dublin) is Lecturer in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (ICHR). She is Programme Director of the BCL Law and Human Rights, a newly established undergraduate degree programme at NUI Galway. She is also Director of the LLM Human Rights Law Clinic at the ICHR. 

Maeve’s research interests lie primarily in the development of the rule against torture and ill-treatment, human rights protections in institutional and care contexts, access to justice and redress for systemic and so-called ‘historical’ human rights abuses, and human rights research and advocacy methods. She was awarded her PhD (entitled ‘Older People, Dignity and Human Rights: Towards the Development of the Rule against Torture and Ill-treatment in International Human Rights Law’) in 2018 from Birmingham Law School where she was supervised by Professor Fiona de Londras and Professor Rosie Harding. Between 2015 and 2017 Maeve was a Visiting Scholar and Occasional Lecturer at University College Dublin School of Law where she established a Human Rights Clinic for LLM and MSc Human Rights students. 

Since 2010 Maeve has provided pro bono assistance to the voluntary advocacy group ‘Justice for Magdalenes’ and she is currently a member of the research group ‘Justice for Magdalenes Research'. She is co-director of the evidence-gathering initiative with Hogan Lovells LLP, ‘Clann: Ireland’s Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data’. She is also a lead lawyer on the case of Elizabeth Coppin v Ireland, currently awaiting judgment on the merits by the UN Committee Against Torture following a landmark admissibility decision in December 2019. Maeve’s legal research and advocacy concerning Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries abuse and the forced separation of unmarried families in Ireland during the 20th century has received international and national recognition; awards include UK Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2013), Ireland Fund of Great Britain ‘Forgotten Irish’ Award (2013), University College Dublin Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award in Law (2014), Ireland/United States Alumni Association Inaugural Emerging Leader Award (2015), Lord Mayor of Dublin Award (2016), and PILnet Local Pro Bono Impact Award (2018). 
 

Maeve is a barrister at 33 Bedford Row, London, and she is a registered Attorney at Law in New York. She has previously practised in family law, and between 2013 and 2014 she worked with Leigh Day solicitors representing 15,000 claimants from Bodo, Rivers State, Nigeria in their claim against Shell Petroleum Development Company in the Technology and Construction Division of the English High Court. She currently practises in the broad area of human rights law.  

From October 2017 to January 2019 Maeve held the position of Senior Research and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties where she undertook legal research, policy development and public advocacy in all areas of the ICCL’s work (including human rights-based policing, state surveillance and data protection, deprivation of liberty, shrinking civil society space, judicial reform, access to justice for ‘historical’ systematic human rights abuses, and reproductive rights). 

Maeve has previously worked as a Consultant to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Nils Melzer; Harvard Law School Global Human Rights Fellow at Equality Now; and researcher at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program, the University of Minnesota Law School Human Rights Center and Just for Kids Law (UK). 

Research Interests

Books

  Year Publication
(2021) Ireland and the Magdalene Laundries: A Campaign for Justice.
Claire McGettrick, Katherine O'Donnell, Maeve O'Rourke, James M Smith and Mari Steed (2021) Ireland and the Magdalene Laundries: A Campaign for Justice. London: Bloomsbury/IB Tauris. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) 'When is a Plan Not a Plan? The Supreme Court Decision in 'Climate Case Ireland''
Rónán Kennedy, Maeve O'Rourke & Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux (2020) 'When is a Plan Not a Plan? The Supreme Court Decision in 'Climate Case Ireland''. Irish Planning And Environmental Law Journal, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2020) 'Editors' Introduction, Special Issue: Toward Transitional Justice in Ireland? Addressing Legacies of Harm'
Katherine O'Donnell, Maeve O'Rourke, James M Smith (2020) 'Editors' Introduction, Special Issue: Toward Transitional Justice in Ireland? Addressing Legacies of Harm'. Éire-Ireland, 55 (1 & 2) [Details]
(2019) 'Book Review: Lynsey Black and Peter Dunne (Eds): Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform (Hart/Bloomsbury 2019)'
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) 'Book Review: Lynsey Black and Peter Dunne (Eds): Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform (Hart/Bloomsbury 2019)'. Feminist Legal Studies, [Details]
(2019) 'Prolonged Impunity as a Continuing Situation of Torture or Ill-Treatment? Applying a Dignity Lens to So-Called ‘Historical’ Cases'
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) 'Prolonged Impunity as a Continuing Situation of Torture or Ill-Treatment? Applying a Dignity Lens to So-Called ‘Historical’ Cases'. Netherlands International Law Review, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries and the State’s Duty to Protect'
Maeve O'Rourke (2011) 'Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries and the State’s Duty to Protect'. Hibernian Law Journal, 10 :200-237 [ARAN Link] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'The Importance of Pro Bono Lawyering'
Maeve O'Rourke (2014) 'The Importance of Pro Bono Lawyering' Family Law, (1071) . [Details]
(2013) 'Burial of a Child's Remains: Resolving Parental Disputes'
Maeve O'Rourke (2013) 'Burial of a Child's Remains: Resolving Parental Disputes' Family Law Week, . [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2009) 'Human Rights and Smart Economics: Mainstreaming Gender in International Trade Policy'
Maeve O'Rourke (2009) 'Human Rights and Smart Economics: Mainstreaming Gender in International Trade Policy' University College Dublin Law Review, 9 . [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2021) 'Institutional abuse in Ireland: Lessons from survivors and legal professionals'
Maeve O'Rourke, Jennifer O'Mahoney and Katherine O'Donnell (2021) 'Institutional abuse in Ireland: Lessons from survivors and legal professionals' In: Nothing About Us Without Us: Giving Voice to Diversity in Criminological Research (forthcoming 2021). Bristol, United Kingdom: Bristol University Press. [Details]
(2018) 'Concluding Observations of the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland, 2011'
Maeve O'Rourke (2018) 'Concluding Observations of the UN Committee against Torture on Ireland, 2011' In: Women’s Legal Landmarks. Oxford, UK: Hart. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) 'O’Keeffe v Hickey'
Maeve O'Rourke (2017) 'O’Keeffe v Hickey' In: Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. Oxford, UK: Hart. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2016) 'Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries: Confronting a History Not Yet in the Past'
Maeve O'Rourke & James M Smith (2016) 'Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries: Confronting a History Not Yet in the Past' In: A Century of Progress? Irish Women Reflect. Galway: Arlen House. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'The Justice for Magdalenes Campaign'
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) 'The Justice for Magdalenes Campaign' In: Implementing International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland. Dublin: Bloomsbury. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
(2020) Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, on memorialisation for serious violations of human rights in Ireland.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence, on memorialisation for serious violations of human rights in Ireland. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Ireland. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2020) Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture for the List of Issues Prior to Reporting in respect of IRELAND for the 69th Session (April – May 2020).
Samantha Aglae, Keelin Barry, Lauren Burke, Sien Crivits, Kelly Dalton, Siobhán Mullally, Maeve O’Rourke, Angelica Shilova, Judit Villena Rodo, Eesh Wadhwa, Stacy Wrenn. (2020) Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture for the List of Issues Prior to Reporting in respect of IRELAND for the 69th Session (April – May 2020). Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) Submission to Oireachtas Justice Committee on Direct Provision in Ireland.
Maeve O'Rourke & ICCL (2019) Submission to Oireachtas Justice Committee on Direct Provision in Ireland. Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) Submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills on the provisions of the Retention of Records Bill 2019.
Maeve O'Rourke, Mairead Enright & Sinead Ring (2019) Submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills on the provisions of the Retention of Records Bill 2019. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) Shadow Report submitted in response to Ireland’s Joint 5th to 9th Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
Keelin Barry, Shane Darcy, Helen Kehoe, Cassie Mullineaux-Roddy, Siobhán Mullally, Maeve O’Rourke, Judit Villena Rodo, Stacy Wrenn (2019) Shadow Report submitted in response to Ireland’s Joint 5th to 9th Periodic Report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Irish Centre for Human Rights, Galway. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) Clann: Principal Submissions to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
Maeve O'Rourke, Claire McGettrick, Rod Baker, Raymond Hill & Ors (2018) Clann: Principal Submissions to the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Clann: Ireland's Unmarried Mothers and their Children: Gathering the Data, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) ICCL Follow-Up Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Maeve O'Rourke & ICCL (2018) ICCL Follow-Up Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) Rights-Based Policing: How Do We Get There?.
Maeve O'Rourke & ICCL (2018) Rights-Based Policing: How Do We Get There?. Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) ICCL Submissions to the Department of Health on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
Maeve O'Rourke (2018) ICCL Submissions to the Department of Health on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2018) Freedom of Artistic Expression and the Referendum on the 8th Amendment.
Maeve O'Rourke (2018) Freedom of Artistic Expression and the Referendum on the 8th Amendment. Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Maeve O'Rourke (2017) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) Justice for Magdalenes Research, NGO Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
Maeve O'Rourke (2017) Justice for Magdalenes Research, NGO Submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Stakeholder Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of Ireland.
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Stakeholder Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of Ireland. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Parallel Report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Parallel Report to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [Details]
(2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Follow-up Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) Justice for Magdalenes Research, Follow-up Report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Justice for Magdalenes Research, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Justice for Magdalenes, Follow-up Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Maeve O'Rourke, James M Smith, Claire McGettrick, Raymond Hill and others (2012) Justice for Magdalenes, Follow-up Report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Justice for Magdalenes, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2012) Justice for Magdalenes: Principal Submissions to the Inter-departmental Committee to Establish the Facts of State Involvement with the Magdalene Laundries.
James Smith, Maeve O'Rourke, Raymond Hill, Claire McGettrick & Ors (2012) Justice for Magdalenes: Principal Submissions to the Inter-departmental Committee to Establish the Facts of State Involvement with the Magdalene Laundries. Justice for Magdalenes, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) Justice for Magdalenes, Submission to the United Nations Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review.
Maeve O'Rourke (2011) Justice for Magdalenes, Submission to the United Nations Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. Justice for Magdalenes, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) Justice for Magdalenes, Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.
Maeve O'Rourke (2011) Justice for Magdalenes, Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. Justice for Magdalenes, Dublin. [ARAN Link] [Details]

Policy Contribution

  Year Publication
(2021) Joint Submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice regarding the General Data Protection Regulation.
Maeve O'Rourke, Loughlin O'Nolan and Claire McGettrick (2021) Joint Submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice regarding the General Data Protection Regulation. Justice for Magdalenes Research Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2021) Joint Oireachtas Submission for Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill.
Sarah-Anne Buckley, Vicky Conway, Máiréad Enright, Fionna Fox, James Gallen, Erika Hayes, Mary Harney, Darragh Mackin, Claire McGettrick, Conall Ó Fátharta, Maeve O'Rourke and Phil Scraton (2021) Joint Oireachtas Submission for Pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill. Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2021) Clann Project Submission re. Consultation Process on the Development of an Ex-Gratia 'Restorative Recognition Scheme'.
Claire McGettrick and Maeve O'Rourke (2021) Clann Project Submission re. Consultation Process on the Development of an Ex-Gratia 'Restorative Recognition Scheme'. Clann Project Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2021) Adoption Rights Alliance, JFM Research, Clann Project Briefing Notes re. the Final Report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation.
Claire McGettrick and Maeve O'Rourke (2021) Adoption Rights Alliance, JFM Research, Clann Project Briefing Notes re. the Final Report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation. Clann Project Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2020) Submission to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee, on the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Submission to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee, on the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill. Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2020) Submission to the Joint Committee on Climate Action for pre-legislative scrutiny of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: A Legislative Ban on Importing Fracked Gas.
Cassie Roddy-Mullineaux, Sophie Fitzpatrick, Colin Carney, Maeve O'Rourke, Johnny McElligott, Tom White, Eddie Mitchell and Gerry Liston (2020) Submission to the Joint Committee on Climate Action for pre-legislative scrutiny of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020: A Legislative Ban on Importing Fracked Gas. Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2019) Response to Consultation on the Health Information and Quality Authority's Draft Guidance on a human rights-based approach to care and support in health and social care settings.
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) Response to Consultation on the Health Information and Quality Authority's Draft Guidance on a human rights-based approach to care and support in health and social care settings. Policy Contribution [Details]
(2019) Opinion on the application of the Irish Constitution and EU General Data Protection Regulation to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016.
Maeve O'Rourke, Fred Logue and others (2019) Opinion on the application of the Irish Constitution and EU General Data Protection Regulation to the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016. Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2017) Submission to the Office of the Ombudsman regarding its investigation into the administration of the Magdalene ‘ex gratia’ scheme.
Maeve O’Rourke, Claire McGettrick, Mari Steed, Dr Katherine O’Donnell & Dr James M Smith (2017) Submission to the Office of the Ombudsman regarding its investigation into the administration of the Magdalene ‘ex gratia’ scheme. Cavan: Justice for Magdalenes Research Policy Contribution [ARAN Link] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2021) Protecting nursing home residents' rights to family life: lessons for Ireland,
Maeve O'Rouke (2021) Human rights law and its demands of the State in the nursing home context. [Invited Oral Presentation], Protecting nursing home residents' rights to family life: lessons for Ireland, University College Dublin / Irish Association of Social Workers , 24-MAR-21. [Details]
(2020) Women and Activism in Ireland: Profiling Leaders and Changemakers,
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) The Clann Project. [Invited Oral Presentation], Women and Activism in Ireland: Profiling Leaders and Changemakers, University College Cork , 11-DEC-20. [Details]
(2019) Archives and Records Association Ireland: Diversity and Inclusion in Irish Archives and Records,
Maeve O'Rourke and Katherine O'Donnell (2019) 'Structured Ignorance and Silencing in Irish Archives'. [Invited Oral Presentation], Archives and Records Association Ireland: Diversity and Inclusion in Irish Archives and Records, Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin 2 , 21-NOV-19. [Details]
(2019) 11th International Disability Law Summer School,
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) Human Rights and Family Life: Ireland's history of forced family separation. [Invited Oral Presentation], 11th International Disability Law Summer School, NUI Galway , 17-JUN-19 - 21-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019) Religion and Abuse: a multi-disciplinary workshop,
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) Ireland's Magdalene institutions and the Clann Project. [Invited Oral Presentation], Religion and Abuse: a multi-disciplinary workshop, London , 24-JUN-19 - 25-JUN-19. [Details]
(2019) Violence, Space & the Archives,
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) The Power of Law: Current Constraints on Truth-telling and Transition from Ireland's Institutional Past. [Invited Oral Presentation], Violence, Space & the Archives, NUI Galway , 23-MAY-19 - 24-MAY-19. [Details]
(2019) Living Well with the Confined Dead,
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) A Thinkery to close a Wellcome-funded research project at University College Cork entitled 'Living Well with the Dead in Contemporary Ireland. [Conference Paper], Living Well with the Confined Dead, University College Cork , 10-MAY-19. [Details]
(2018) Towards Transitional Justice? Recognition, Truth-telling and Institutional Abuse in Ireland,
Maeve O'Rourke (2018) This conference brought together scholars, survivors, and activists in the international field of Transitional Justice, with a specific focus on the Irish state’s response to the nation’s history of institutional abuse. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Towards Transitional Justice? Recognition, Truth-telling and Institutional Abuse in Ireland, Boston College, MA, USA , 01-NOV-18 - 02-NOV-18. [Details]

Guest Lectures

  Year Publication
(2020) Women and activism in Ireland: The Clann Project.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Women and activism in Ireland: The Clann Project. University College Cork Women's Studies Guest Lectures [Details]

Newspaper Articles

  Year Publication
(2021) Mother and baby homes inquiry's lack of transparency was damaging.
Maeve O'Rourke and Claire McGettrick (2021) Mother and baby homes inquiry's lack of transparency was damaging. The Irish Times Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2020) Government has to follow through on mother and baby homes pledges.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Government has to follow through on mother and baby homes pledges. Business Post Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2020) Here's a full analysis of the problems with the Government's Mother and Baby Homes Bill.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Here's a full analysis of the problems with the Government's Mother and Baby Homes Bill. Thejournal.ie Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2020) Not too late for State to break the secrecy around Mother and Baby Homes.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Not too late for State to break the secrecy around Mother and Baby Homes. Irish Examiner Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2018) State must allow institutionalised people access to personal files.
Maeve O'Rourke (2018) State must allow institutionalised people access to personal files. Dublin: Irish Times Newspaper Articles [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) Taoiseach must honour promise to Magdalene survivors.
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) Taoiseach must honour promise to Magdalene survivors. Irish Independent Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2014) It's time we learnt the truth about Magdalene Laundries.
Maeve O'Rourke (2014) It's time we learnt the truth about Magdalene Laundries. Irish Independent Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2014) Magdalene survivors are still waiting for restorative justice.
Maeve O'Rourke and James M Smith (2014) Magdalene survivors are still waiting for restorative justice. The Irish Times Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2013) Laundries apology is now needed.
Maeve O'Rourke (2013) Laundries apology is now needed. Irish Examiner Newspaper Articles [Details]
(2013) . Take this chance, Taoiseach - apologise to each and every one.
Maeve O'Rourke (2013) . Take this chance, Taoiseach - apologise to each and every one. Irish Independent Newspaper Articles [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
(2020) Redress for 'historical' child abuse in care: what can Scotland learn from Ireland?.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Redress for 'historical' child abuse in care: what can Scotland learn from Ireland?. UK Human Rights Blog Blog [Details]
(2019) 10 ways institutional abuse details are still being kept secret.
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) 10 ways institutional abuse details are still being kept secret. Dublin: RTE Blog [ARAN Link] [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
(2021) RTE Radio 1, Morning Ireland, 'Survivors appeal for Garda specialised investigations'.
Maeve O'Rourke (2021) RTE Radio 1, Morning Ireland, 'Survivors appeal for Garda specialised investigations'. Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) RTE Radio 1, Morning Ireland, Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is due to be published soon.
Maeve O’Rourke (2020) RTE Radio 1, Morning Ireland, Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes is due to be published soon. RTE Radio 1 Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) In Depth: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?.
Maeve O'Rourke, Sinead O'Carroll, Orla Ryan and Simon McGarr (2020) In Depth: What exactly happened with the mother and baby home legislation?. TheJournal.ie Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) Sealing the Records: Maeve O'Rourke & Mary Harney.
Mary Harney, Roisin Ingle and Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Sealing the Records: Maeve O'Rourke & Mary Harney. The Irish Times Women's Podcast Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) Drivetime: Mother and Baby Home Records.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Drivetime: Mother and Baby Home Records. RTE Radio 1 Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) Justice for Magdalenes: Reflections on Power.
Claire McGettrick, Clare Moriarty, Katherine O'Donnell and Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Justice for Magdalenes: Reflections on Power. The Hublic Sphere, Trinity College Dublin Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) Today with Claire Byrne: Mother and Baby Homes.
Maeve O'Rourke (2020) Today with Claire Byrne: Mother and Baby Homes. RTE Radio 1 Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) #Stand4Truth with Dr Maeve O'Rourke.
Maeve O'Rourke, Tony Groves and Linda Hayden (2020) #Stand4Truth with Dr Maeve O'Rourke. Echo Chamber Podcast Radio Presentation [Details]
(2020) Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes).
Maeve O'Rourke, Mary Seery Kearney, Pauline O'Reilly, Kathleen Funchion and Barry Ward (2020) Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes). The Irish Legislation Podcast Radio Presentation [Details]
(2019) Ep. 131 #HumanRights.
Maeve O'Rourke, Tony Groves and Martin McMahon (2019) Ep. 131 #HumanRights. The Echo Chamber Podcast Radio Presentation [Details]
(2019) Why does the State have so many secrets on its citizens?.
Ella McSweeney, Maeve O'Rourke, Maeve McDonagh and Maria O'Brien (2019) Why does the State have so many secrets on its citizens?. RTE Brainstorm Radio Presentation [Details]
(2019) Publication of the Fifth Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) Publication of the Fifth Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. Dublin: RTE Radio Presentation [Details]
(2019) The case of Majella Moynihan.
Maeve O'Rourke (2019) The case of Majella Moynihan. Dublin: RTE Radio Presentation [Details]
(2018) RTE Radio News at One: 'Ireland's adoption services described as opaque and obstructive'.
Maeve O'Rourke, Michael A Hawkes (2018) RTE Radio News at One: 'Ireland's adoption services described as opaque and obstructive'. Radio Presentation [Details]
(2018) The Papal Visit.
Conall Ó Fátharta, Maeve O'Rourke and Kathy Sheridan (2018) The Papal Visit. The Irish Times Women's Podcast Radio Presentation [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
(2021) Prime Time, 'What next after mother-and-baby homes report?'.
RTE Television (2021) Prime Time, 'What next after mother-and-baby homes report?'. Video recording / TV [Details]
(2021) Comhrá le Marian: St Patrick's Festival.
Maeve O'Rourke and Marian Richardson (2021) Comhrá le Marian: St Patrick's Festival. Video recording / TV [Details]
(2020) Post-Show Discussion: Eclipsed.
Maeve O'Rourke, Kate Canning and Shona Ashmore (2020) Post-Show Discussion: Eclipsed. DLR Mill Theatre Video recording / TV [Details]
(2015) Why Apologise Today for 'Historic' Abuse?.
Maeve O'Rourke (2015) Why Apologise Today for 'Historic' Abuse?. Dublin: University College Dublin Video recording / TV [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Top 10 Innovative Lawyer Financial Times
2018 PILnet Award for Local Pro Bono Impact PILnet
2015 Honorary Life Membership University College Dublin Law Society
2015 PhD Studentship University of Birmingham
2015 Inaugural Emerging Leader Award Ireland/US Alumni Association
2014 Travelling Studentship Prize National University of Ireland
2014 Inaugural Alumni Achievement Award in Law University College Dublin
2014 Doctoral Studentship Arts & Humanities Research Council, UK
2013 'Forgotten Irish' Award Ireland Fund of Great Britain
2013 Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Family Law Awards, UK
2013 Jim Kemmy 'Thirst for Justice' Award Irish Labour Party
2012 Arthur C Helton Fellowship American Society of International Law
2012 Global Shaper World Economic Forum
2011 Lord Mansfield Scholarship Lincoln's Inn
2010 Global Human Rights Fellowship Harvard Law School
2009 Travelling Scholar John F Kennedy Fund
2006 Stage 2 Law Scholar University College Dublin
2005 Entrance Scholar University College Dublin

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Bar of England and Wales Barrister /
Royal Irish Academy of Music Associate /
New York State Bar Attorney at Law /