2013 Galway Faculty
Professor Stanley E. Cox, professor of law at New England Law | Boston, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and several times has taught a version of this seminar on Terrorism and Individual Rights. Prior to joining the New England Law faculty in 1992, he was a prosecutor for the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General, Special Prosecutions Division. He holds an A.B. from Harvard University, an M.A.T. from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Dr. Karen da Costa is a Brazilian lawyer who is currently a University Fellow in Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Social Sciences of the University of Roehampton in London. Her previous work experience includes positions as visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton; legal consultant for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies; human rights officer at the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire; and legal officer at the Brazilian Federal Prosecutorial Office.
Professor Philip K. Hamilton is a professor of law at New England Law | Boston and currently teaches Evidence, Civil Procedure, Legal Ethics, and Legal History. He has also served as associate dean and as director of New England Law’s clinical program. Before joining the New England Law faculty, he was a legal services lawyer for eight years. He received an A.B. in history from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil. In 2005, while on sabbatical in England, he was a reader in Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, studying ancient Celtic law.
Dr. Noelle Higgins is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, where she teaches Human Rights, Minority Rights, and Procedure before International Criminal Courts. She holds master’s degrees in both law and Irish language and literature and a higher diploma in education. She undertook her Ph.D. research on the topic of wars of national liberation at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to joining the Irish Centre for Human Rights, she was a lecturer in international law at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, and director of postgraduate programs. She is a former visiting fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2009–2010, and a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs/NGO Human Rights Committee, 2010–2012.
Dr. Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko is a lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, where she teaches Human Rights, Public International Law, and Women’s Rights. She is also an associate researcher at the Hans and Tamara Oppenheimer Chair in International Law at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Previously she taught Public International Law, Women’s Rights, International Refugee and Migration Law, and Human Rights and Islam at the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal. She has worked as a legal advisor for a project at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and is a member of the Quebec Bar.
Professor Katerina Lewinbuk is a professor of law at South Texas College of Law / Houston in Texas. She previously taught at DePaul University Law School in Chicago. Prior to that, she was a practicing attorney at the Chicago office of Baker & McKenzie. Her major areas of interest and research involve human rights law, global and comparative legal ethics, and attorney malpractice. She is currently serving a two-year term as a Texas Project for Human Rights Fellow, 2011–2013. Her article “Can Successful Lawyers Think in Different Languages?” was published in the United Kingdom and later republished in the United States, Greece, and Russia.
Professor Ray Murphy is the interim director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway. He received a B.A. and an LL.B. from the National University of Ireland, Galway; a B.L. from King’s Inns, Dublin; an M.Litt. in international law from Dublin University, Trinity College; and a Ph.D. in international law from the University of Nottingham, England. He is a former practicing barrister and captain in the Irish Defense Forces, and he served with UN forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 1981 to 1982 and in 1989. He has worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union, Amnesty International, and the Irish government in human rights and election monitoring in Africa and Europe. His main teaching and research interests include international peace operations and international humanitarian law.
Professor Deborah Schmedemann, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 1982 and the recipient of student awards for classroom teaching, has taught a range of courses in employment law, including survey courses in Labor Law, Public Sector Labor Law, and Comparative Employment Law, as well as Business Ethics. Her research has encompassed union and privacy rights, speech rights of public employees, and job security issues. She is a frequent speaker on employment law topics, and she edits a bar website with the same focus. A multiyear research project on private lawyers’ human rights work through pro bono practice yielded her 2010 book, Thorns and Roses: Lawyers Tell Their Pro Bono Stories. Her practice experience has ranged from representing large corporations in employment discrimination class actions to representing coal miners in black-lung disability and unemployment claims.