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Dr. Donna Lyons, LL.B. (Trinity College Dublin, First Class Honours), LL.M. (New York University, International Legal Studies), Ph.D. (Trinity College Dublin), Attorney-at-Law (New York), is a specialist in public international law, international human rights law, and international criminal law, and  and has published, presented, and obtained research funding both domestically and internationally within these fields. Donna also takes a strong interest in many aspects of Irish law and policy. 

Donna will publish an edited collection with Routledge this year (Donna Lyons (ed), Leading Works in International Law, Routledge 2023), to which the following authors have contributed chapters: Freya Baetens, Eyal Benvenisti, Naomi Cahn, James Crawford, Oona Hathaway, Dina Haynes, Laurence Helfer, David Kennedy, Martti Koskenniemi, Donna Lyons, Martha Minow, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Obiora Okafor, Scott Shapiro, Kathryn Sikkink, Beth Simmons, and Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah.

As Assistant Professor of International Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin School of Law, Donna designed and delivered four modules: two (Public International Law Dissertation Group and International Criminal Law) on the LL.M. degree and two (International Human Rights Law and European Human Rights Law) as part of the LL.B. programme. Donna has supervised over 25 LL.M. dissertations in the field of Public International Law. Donna Acts as Trinity College Dublin representative to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Committee on Human Rights (August 2019 - present) and previously held the administrative posts of coordinator for the Law and Political Science programme for the academic year 2019-2020 and coordinator for the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Working Group (Trinity College Covid-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory) (2020-2021). Donna has also worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, and Dublin City University School of Law and Government.

Donna runs a speaker series which has taken place since September 2020, details of, and recordings for which, are available below. Recordings of all sessions are also posted on the following YouTube Channel:

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Speakers 2020-2023:

Eric Posner (Chicago) (2 September 2020) 

Cass Sunstein (Harvard) (on 'Too Much Information') (11 September 2020) 

Peter Singer (Princeton) (24 September 2020) 

Alicia Ely Yamin (Harvard) (1 October 2020) 

Cass Sunstein (Harvard) (on 'Law and Leviathan') (2 October 2020) 

Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin (MIT; UMass) (6 October 2020) 

Philippe Sands (Matrix Chambers, UCL) (21 October 2020)   

Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein (Harvard) (22 October 2020) 

Jack Goldsmith and Eric Posner (Harvard; Chicago) (28 October 2020)

Catherine O'Rourke (Durham) (29 October 2020) 

Philip Alston (NYU) (11 November 2020) 

Peter Burke (Cambridge) (25 November 2020) 

Jack Balkin (Yale) (30 November 2020) 

Jules Coleman (Yale) (3 December 2020)  

Brian Leiter (Chicago) (on Nietzsche) (9 December 2020)

Mara Prentiss (Harvard) (16 December 2020) 

Neville Cox (Trinity) (22 December 2020) 

Hurst Hannum (Tufts) (29 January 2021)

Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard) (18 February 2021)

Jonathan Wolff (Oxford) (4 March 2021) 

Brian Leiter (Chicago) (on Marx) (9 March 2021)

Peter Hayes (Northwestern) (8 April 2021) 

Joseph Weiler (NYU) (3 June 2021) 

Samuel Moyn (Yale) (8 September 2021) 

Babatunde Fagbayibo (University of South Africa) (20 July 2022) 

Eli Merritt (Vanderbilt) (4 January 2023)

Donna Lyons (on 'Leading Works in International Law') (Summer 2023) 

Etain Tannam (Trinity) (2024)

Recordings of all completed seminars are posted below.

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Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin on the Climate Crisis,

Capitalism, Trump, and the Green New Deal

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Babatunde Fagbayibo on Decolonising the Curriculum from the TWAIL Perspective

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Eli Merritt on the Curse of Demagoues

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Samuel Moyn on the Laws of War, the Use of Force, and US Foreign Policy

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Joseph Weiler on The Theology of Nomos

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                                                                      Brian Leiter on Marx's Philosophy Today

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Kathryn Sikkink on Rights, Responsibilities, and Evidence for Hope

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Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein on America Post-Trump,

the Supreme Court, Biden, and Global Affairs

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Brian Leiter on Moral Psychology with Nietzsche

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Eric Posner on Demagogues in US History and Trump

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Philip Alston on Tax, Inequality, and Human Rights

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Jack Balkin on American Democracy, Political Parties, Political Polarisation, and Constitutional Rot 

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Philippe Sands on Nazi Germany, Nuremberg, International Criminal Law, and Transitional Justice

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Cass Sunstein on Information Disclosure, Welfare, Technology, and Bureaucracy

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Alicia Ely Yamin on Health and Social Equality, Pandemics, and the Future of Human Rights 

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Eric Posner and Jack Goldsmith on Reform of the U.S. Presidency After Trump

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Peter Singer on Veganism, Animal Liberation, Environmental Protection, and Covid-19

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Mara Prentiss on Energy Revolution, Energy Conservation,

and Transitioning to Clean Renewable Energy

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Neville Cox on Veiling Laws, Freedom of Religion, and Islamophobia

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Cass Sunstein on Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Administrative State

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Peter Burke on Polymaths, Interdisciplinarity, and Knowledge in the Digital Age

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Catherine O'Rourke on Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law

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Jonathan Wolff on Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy

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Hurst Hannum on Rescuing Human Rights, Universality

Versus Relativism, and Rights in the Biden Era

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Peter Hayes on Profits and Persecution: German Big Business and the Holocaust

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Jules Coleman on Everyday Ethics and the Value of Philosophy in Our Everyday Lives

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