School of Law & Government

Dr James Gallen

Law and Government

Name: Dr James Gallen
Department: Law and Government
Role: Law
Phone Number: Ext. 6045
Email Address:
Room: C218

Biographical Details

James Gallen is a graduate and Scholar of Trinity College Dublin and a graduate of New York University School of Law. He is a former Transitional Justice Scholar at New York University and has served as an Intern and Fellow at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York and Kathmandu. He is a lecturer in the School of Law and Government at DCU. Mr. Gallen defended his Ph.D. thesis in the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin in May 2012. His doctoral thesis examines the relationship between transitional justice, peace-building and economic development in international law. His research interests include human rights, international law and legal and political philosophy. His present research agenda concerns the implementation of policy coherence in international assistance to transitions and a transitional justice approach to child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

Research Interests

Public international law, human rights, jurisprudence and political philosophy, transitional justice, international criminal law.


  • Chairperson - Irish Society of International Law




  • Farran Sue, Gallen James, Hendry Jen and Rautenbach Christa (eds). Diffusion, The Movement of Law and Norms, Ashgate, 2015.


  • James Gallen. 2014. Transitional Justice in Nepal: Prosecutions, Reform and Accountability Strategies. Transitional Criminal Justice in Post Dictatorial Societies, pp47-66, Intersentia.
  • James Gallen. 2014. Jus Post Bellum: An Interpretive Framework. Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations, pp58-79, Oxford University Press.


  • James Gallen. 2013. L. May, After the War Ends; A Philosophical Perspective. 82, pp447-552.


  • Gallen, James, Jus Post Bellum: Interpretation and the Pursuit of Coherence in Post-Conflict Law, ICON S 2015 "Public Law in an Uncertain World", 01-JUL-15 - 03-JUL-15, New York, NY
  • Gallen James, Jus Post Bellum: An Interpretive Framework, Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations Conference, 31-MAY-12 - 01-JUN-12, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Gallen, James, International Law in the Circumstances of Transition: Towards a Law of Transitional Justice and Development, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Post-Graduate Conference, 29-APR-10 - 29-APR-10, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Gallen, James, Outreach: Justice Seen to be Done, Irish Jurisprudence Seminar Series, 19-MAR-09 - 19-MAR-09, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin
  • Gallen, James, The Criminal Laws of Nepal: An International and Comparative Perspective, Irish Society of Comparative Law, Annual Conference, 28-FEB-09 - 28-FEB-09, University of Limerick, Ireland