Aoife Nolan has been Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law since 2012. She was elected to the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights, Europe’s leading economic and social rights monitoring mechanism, in November 2017. In 2018, she served on the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. She has published extensively in the areas of human rights and constitutional law, particularly in relation to economic and social rights, children's rights and non-state actors. She was the founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network, UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI).
Professor Nolan has acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national organisations and bodies working on human rights issues, including UN Special Procedures, UN treaty-monitoring bodies, the Council of Europe, multiple NHRIs and NGOs. Her books include Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts (Hart, 2011), Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and Resources (Routledge, 2014) (with O’Connell, Harvey, Dutschke and Rooney), Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (CUP, 2014) and The United Nations Special Procedures System (co-edited with Freedman and Murphy). She has held visiting positions at numerous academic institutions in Europe, Africa, the US and Australia. She is an Academic Expert member at Doughty Street Chambers.