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2015 Galway Faculty

Professor Davalene Cooper joined the New England Law | Boston faculty in 1994 and
teaches courses in the areas of Legal Ethics; Criminal Law; Restorative Justice; Remedies; and Contracts. She previously served as a director on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, an international human rights organization. She taught the Restorative Justice course in the Galway program in 2004 and 2005. She holds a B.A. from University of South Florida, an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a J.D. from University of Kentucky College of Law.

Dr. Shane Darcy is a lecturer in international human rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and director of the centre’s Ph.D. program. Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of Ulster, a Government of Ireland scholar, and the 2007 recipient of the Eda Sagarra Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Social Sciences, awarded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. An associate editor of Criminal Law Forum, he conducts research projects on the judicial development of international criminal law and humanitarian law. He has participated in training, workshops, and research projects in Cambodia, China, India, Iran, South Africa, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He holds a B.A. in law and accounting from the University of Limerick, and LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Dr. Aoife Duffy is a lecturer in human rights law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights,
National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a former adjunct at the School of Law and
Government, Dublin City University. A recipient of a Department of Foreign Affairs scholarship in conflict resolution and a National University of Ireland fellowship, she has published articles in top-tier journals such as the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. She is an expert reviewer for the International Journal of Refugee Law and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. She holds a B.A. in applied psychology from University College Cork, an M.Phil. in international peace studies from Trinity College Dublin, an LL.M. and a Ph.D. from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Professor Mark A. Edwards
joined the faculty of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2007. His research interests are focused primarily on property rights. His most recent article, “The Paradoxes of Restitution,” examines the inherent difficulties in providing restitution as a remedy for mass dispossession, and in “Acceptable Deviance and Property Rights,” he examines the role of formally illegal but socially acceptable behavior in the evolution of property rights. Prior to teaching, he was an attorney with Foley & Lardner and a clerk to a federal judge. He received a J.D. with honors from University of Wisconsin Law School.

Professor Ray Murphy is a professor at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National
University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. He is a former practicing barrister and captain in the Irish Defense Forces, and he served with UN forces in Lebanon 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. 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.

Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa joined the faculty of New England Law | Boston in 2007. She began practicing law in 2002 as a Skadden Fellow at Rhode Island Legal Services, where she specialized in representing children and parents in education law cases and created a school-based legal clinic. She is the former chair of the Rhode Island Education Justice Council and speaks and writes on education law and school reform topics. She teaches Education and the Law, Family Law, and Property. She received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Georgetown Law.

Professor Christine D. Ver Ploeg is a professor of law emerita at William Mitchell
College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a former trial attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She has arbitrated and mediated labor and employment disputes throughout the United States and has been a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1988. In 1993, she helped found an international charitable organization, Mano A Mano International Partners, now the largest and most influential nongovernmental organization in Bolivia, building clinics, schools, housing, airstrips, roads, and reservoirs to improve the lives of the rural poor in South America’s poorest nation. She received her J.D. with honors from Drake University Law School and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.