ERIN DALY, ESQ.
(Bio borrowed from Widener University, Delaware Law School) Erin Daly is Professor of Law at Delaware Law School. She served as Interim Dean and Vice Dean of the Law School in 2013-2015. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan.
On sabbatical during 2015-2016, Professor Daly is serving as the Vice President for Institutional Development at the Université de la Fondation Aristide, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Professor Daly has written extensively on comparative constitutional law and transitional justice issues throughout the world. Most recently, she and Professor James R. May published Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge 2014), which surveys the trend in constitutional protection for environmental rights around the world and examines the challenges to and opportunities for judicial enforcement of those rights. Her previous book Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (U. Penn 2012), with a Foreword by former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, is the first book to explore the constitutional law of dignity around the world. In Dignity Rights, Professor Daly shows how dignity has come not only to define specific interests like the right to humane treatment or to earn a living wage, but also to protect the basic rights of a person to control his or her own life and to live in society with others. She argues that, through the right to dignity, courts are redefining what it means to be human in the modern world.
Professor Daly's first book examined transitional justice around the world. Co-authored with South African scholar Jeremy Sarkin and with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground, (U. Penn 2006, 2010) examines post-conflict reconciliation and the extent to nations can achieve justice, truth, and forgiveness after violent political upheaval.
Professor Daly joined the faculty at Widener in 1993, serving as Assistant Professor from 1993-96 and Associate Professor from 1996-2003, when she was promoted to Full Professor. She was Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development from 2007-2011 and Vice Dean in 2013-2014, during which time she also served as Interim Dean. She has directed Widener’s summer programs in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, 2003, and 2006, and in Venice, Italy, in 2008.
Professor Daly teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Administrative Law, and Human Rights.