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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 Criminal Law, and International Human Rights Law and has published, presented, and obtained research funding both domestically and internationally within these fields.

Donna will publish an edited collection this year (Leading Works in International Law, Routledge 2022), to which the following authors have contributed chapters: Freya Baetens (Oslo), Eyal Benvenisti (Cambridge), Naomi Cahn (Virginia), James Crawford (ICJ), Oona Hathaway (Yale), Dina Haynes (New England), Laurence Helfer (Duke), David Kennedy (Harvard), Martti Koskenniemi (Helsinki), Donna Lyons (Trinity), Martha Minow (Harvard), Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Minnesota/QUB), Obiora Okafor (Osgoode), Scott Shapiro (Yale), Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard), Beth Simmons (UPenn), and Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah (NUS). 

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 held the administrative post of coordinator for the Law and Political Science programme for the academic year 2019/2020 and was Trinity College Dublin representative to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs Committee on Human Rights (2019 - 2022) 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 Quinnipiac University School of Law (Connecticut), Dublin City University School of Law, the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Law Reform Commission of Ireland.  

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: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmSezuV0pSqVQfzM2eZP8GA/.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7482-100X



Speakers 2020-2022:

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) 

Martha Nussbaum (Chicago) (January 2023)

Aoife O'Donoghue (QUB) (February 2023)

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

Recordings of all completed seminars are posted below.


Babatunde Fagbayibo on Decolonising the Curriculum from the TWAIL Perspective


Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin on the Climate Crisis,

Capitalism, Trump, and the Green New Deal


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


Joseph Weiler on The Theology of Nomos


                                                                      Brian Leiter on Marx's Philosophy Today


Kathryn Sikkink on Rights, Responsibilities, and Evidence for Hope


Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein on America Post-Trump,

the Supreme Court, Biden, and Global Affairs


Brian Leiter on Moral Psychology with Nietzsche


Eric Posner on Demagogues in US History and Trump


Philip Alston on Tax, Inequality, and Human Rights


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mara Prentiss on Energy Revolution, Energy Conservation,

and Transitioning to Clean Renewable Energy


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


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


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


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


Jonathan Wolff on Philosophy, Ethics, and Public Policy


Hurst Hannum on Rescuing Human Rights, Universality

Versus Relativism, and Rights in the Biden Era


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


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


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