Aisling Swaine (Irish pronounced Ashling) is from Ballitore, County Kildare, Ireland and is an Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs, focusing on women, security and development at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University.
Aisling Swaine started her career as a Program Manager of Community Development at Concern Worldwide in Timor-Leste in 2001. In 2003, she stayed in the country to become a Program Manager for the Traditional Justice and Gender Based Violence Study at the International Rescue Committee. She continued working at the International Rescue Committee until 2006 after taking a position as Program Manager at the Office of the Prime Minister for the Promotion of Equality (Timor-Leste) and as a Technical Coordinator for the Gender Based Violence Program in Darfur, Sudan. During that time she also consulted for Concern Worldwide in Tanzania (2005).
From 2007 until 2012, Swaine was a Gender Equality Consultant for Irish Aid in the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland. She concurrently advised and consulted for the United Nations IASC Gender Capacity Project of UN Women and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) from 2011-2012. She became a Specialist in Peace and Security at the Peace and Security Unit of UN Women from 2012-2013. Swaine was a Gender Consultant on the UNDP ExpRes Roster on Crisis Prevention and Recover at the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. She was a member of UNICEF Emergency Response Roster.
Swaine was a visiting Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School in 2009 and 2011. She has also been a Board member of the Centre for Global Education since 2010. She has written several articles and documents analyzing United Nations Security Resolution 1325.
Between 2011 and 2015, Swaine was a Visiting Fellow at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster. Swaine was Co-Editor of the organization's SSRN Paper Series (2008 – 2012), and Co-organizer of the its research seminar series (2009 – 2011)
Also between 2011 and 2015, she worked as an associate at Kimmage Development Studies Centre, and also was named as a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Fellow at Human Rights Education Associates.
Swaine was named Hauser Global Fellow of the New York University School of Law in 2013. Since 2015, she has taught courses on gender, security and development at the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Academic Peer-Reviewed Publications
- Improving the Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action: Progress in Implementing the IASC Gender Marker, Gender and Development, 20, 2 (2012)
- The ‘Long Grass’ of Agreements: Promise, Theory and Practice, International Criminal Law Review, 12 (2012)
- Assessing the Potential of National Action Plans to Advance Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol 12 (2010)
- A Neglected Perspective: Adolescent Girls’ Experiences of the Kosovo Conflict of 1999 in Children and Youth on the Frontline: Ethnography, Armed Conflict and Displacement. Boyden and de Berry eds; Berghahn Books (2004)
Academic Conference Papers
- Varying the Variations: An Expanded Spectrum of Violences and the Problem of Law’s Response. The Feminism and Legal Theory Project at 30: A Workshop on Geographies of Violence: Place, Space, and Time. Emory Law School (2014)
- Academia and Praxis – facilitating a pending marriage. Does the ‘research’ of the rights practitioner and the ‘activist academic’ come together? International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, (2013)
- Variation on Variations Theory, paper to ‘Gendering Conflict and Post-Conflict Terrains, Conference at University of Minnesota Law School (2012)
- Violence and Women’s Exclusion in Post-Conflict Timor-Leste, CICA-STR International Conference: Political Violence and Collective Aggression: Considering the Past, Imagining the Future, University of Ulster (2009)
Policy Publications and Reports
- National Implementation of the UN Security Council’s women, peace and security resolutions (2013)
- A Program of Work for Gender Equality in the Emergency and Recovery Section’s work (2013)
- Hannah’s House E-zine, How can National Action Plans be used most effectively? (2012)
- Reparations for Conflict-related Sexual Violence (2012)
- 2012 IASC Gender Marker: Analysis of Results and Lessons Learned (2012)
- Learning Brief: Addressing GBV in Post-Conflict & Fragile States: A Case Study of Sierra Leone (2011)
- Voices of Experience: Cross-Learning Process on UNSCR 1325 (2010)
- Gender Equality Policy Review Report (2010)
- Stepping Up Ireland’s Response to Women, Peace and Security: United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2008)
- Traditional Justice and Gender Based Violence in Timor-Leste (2003)
- Brenda Fitzpatrick (25 May 2016). Tactical Rape in War and Conflict: International Recognition and Response. Policy Press. pp. 167–. ISBN 978-1-4473-2669-4.
- Georgina Holmes (25 October 2013). Women and War in Rwanda: Gender, Media and the Representation of Genocide. I.B.Tauris. pp. 234–. ISBN 978-0-85772-317-8.
- "Ballitore woman making her mark promoting justice". The Nationalist, December 30, 2015
- Laura Grenfell (11 July 2013). Promoting the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict States. Cambridge University Press. pp. 211–. ISBN 978-1-107-02619-3.
- Gentian Syberi, "Practising Women, Peace and Security in Post-conflict Resolution". International Law Observer, 08-09-2015
- "Dr Aisling Swaine". Ulster.ac.uk. 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
- "Engaging Returned Development Workers in Development Education. by Comhlamh". issuu. 2014-07-30. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
- "Aisling Swaine". Global Women's Institute. The George Washington University. Archived from the original on 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
- "Aisling Swaine". Women's International League for Peace & Freedom. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
- Gina Heathcote; Dianne Otto (2 September 2014). Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 230–. ISBN 978-1-137-40021-5.
- Vandra Harris; Andrew Goldsmith (29 March 2012). Security, Development and Nation-Building in Timor-Leste: A Cross-sectoral Assessment. Taylor & Francis. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-1-136-80668-1.
- Jeremy Farrall; Hilary Charlesworth (14 April 2016). Strengthening the Rule of Law through the UN Security Council. Taylor & Francis. pp. 147–. ISBN 978-1-317-33838-3.
- Aisling Swaine. "Transition or transformation : an analysis of before, during and post-conflict violence against women in Northern Ireland, Liberia and Timor-Leste". University of Ulster. 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- Google Scholar report