James Gallen


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James Gallen is an associate professor  in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University. His research interests include human rights, international law and legal and transitional justice. His present research agenda and recent publications concern a transitional justice approach to historical abuse in consolidated democracies and in Christian churches. His first monograph Transitional Justice and the Historical Abuses of Church and State was published by Cambridge University Press in 2023 and is available free as a gold open access title.


Year Publication
2023 James Gallen (2023) Transitional Justice and the Historical Abuses of Church and State. Cambridge United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009025973
2025 James Gallen; Anne-Marie McAlinden; Marie Keenan (2025) Transforming Justice Responses to Historical Institutional Abuses. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2022 Gallen, James; Moffett, Luke (2022) 'The Palliative Role of Reparations in Reconciling Societies with the Past: Redressing victims or Consolidating the State?'. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 16 (4):498-518. [DOI]
2022 James Gallen (2022) 'Institutions and Ireland: Mother and Baby Homes and Transitional Justice'. Irish University Review, 52 (1):103-120. https://doi.org/10.3366/iur.2022.0545
2020 Gallen, J (2020) 'Transitional Justice and Ireland's Legacy of Historical Abuse'. Eire-Ireland; a journal of Irish studies, 55 :35-67.
2020 Gallen J (2020) 'The European Court of Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Historical Abuse in Consolidated Democracies'. Human Rights Law Review, 19 (4):675-704. https://doi-org.dcu.idm.oclc.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngz032
2018 Gallen, J; Gleeson, K (2018) 'Unpaid wages: the experiences of Irish Magdalene Laundries and Indigenous Australians'. International Journal of Law in Context, 14 :43-60. [DOI]
2018 Gallen J. (2018) 'Historical abuse and the statute of limitations'. Statute Law Review, 39 (2):103-117. [DOI]
2017 Gallen J (2017) 'Vicarious Liability and Historical Abuse: A Critical Analysis of Hickey v McGowan'. Irish Jurist, 58 :184-192.
2017 James Gallen (2017) 'Catherine Turner, Violence Law and the Impossibility of Transitional Justice'. Feminist Legal Studies, . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10691-017-9338-z
2016 Gallen J. (2016) 'Between rhetoric and reality: Ten years of the United Nations human rights council'. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 27 :125-143. [DOI]
2016 Gallen, J (2016) 'Jesus Wept: The Roman Catholic Church, Child Sexual Abuse and Transitional Justice'. The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 10 :332-349. [DOI]
2015 Gallen J. (2015) 'O'Keeffe v Ireland: The liability of states for failure to provide an effective system for the detection and prevention of child sexual abuse in education'. Modern Law Review, 78 (1):151-163. [DOI]
2015 Gallen J. (2015) 'Odious debt and jus post bellum'. THE JOURNAL OF WORLD INVESTMENT AND TRADE (PRINT), 16 (4):666-694. [DOI]
2014 Gallen, J.; Smith, C. (2014) 'Cáin Adomnáin and the laws of war'. Journal of the History of International Law, 16 . [Link] [DOI]
2013 James Gallen (2013) 'L. May, After the War Ends; A Philosophical Perspective'. Nordic Journal of International Law, 82 (3):447-552. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15718107-08203005
2013 James Gallen (2013) 'Security Sector Reform, Models of Policing and Methods of Comparison'. IRISH JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES, 3 .
2013 James Gallen (2013) 'A Humble, Stumbling Start: Lubanga, Moreno-Ocampo, and the Tenth Anniversary of the International Criminal Court '. 2 .

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2021 Gallen, J. (2021) 'Institutional liability, historical abuses and vulnerability' In: Law, Responsibility and Vulnerability: State Accountability and Responsiveness. [Link] [DOI]
2018 Gallen J (2018) 'Reconciliation and a Just Peace' In: Jus Post Bellum and the Justice of Peace. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press.
2017 Gallen J. (2017) 'The International Criminal Court: In the interests of transitional justice?' In: Research Handbook on Transitional Justice: Research Handbooks in International Law Series. [DOI]
2017 Gallen J (2017) 'O'Keeffe v Ireland: Overview and Analysis' In: Judges Politics and the Irish Constitution. Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press. [Link]
2014 James Gallen (2014) 'Jus Post Bellum: An Interpretive Framework' In: Carsten Stahn, Jennifer S. Easterday, and Jens Iverson(Eds.). Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press.
2014 James Gallen (2014) 'Transitional Justice in Nepal: Prosecutions, Reform and Accountability Strategies' In: Raluca Grosescu and Raluca Ursachi(Eds.). Transitional Criminal Justice in Post Dictatorial Societies. Brussels : Intersentia.

Edited Book

Year Publication
2021 James Gallen;Tanya Ni Mhuirthile (Ed.). (2021) Law, Responsibility and Vulnerability: State Accountability and Responsiveness. London: Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429023149
2017 Laura Cahillane, James Gallen, Tom Hickey (Ed.). (2017) Judges, politics and the Irish Constitution. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press,
2015 Sue Farran, James Gallen, Jennifer Hendry and Christa Rautenbach (Ed.). (2015) The diffusion of law: The movement of laws and norms around the world. Oxford: Routledge, https://www.routledge.com/products/9781472460400

Published Report

Year Publication
2019 Gallen J; Moffett L; Sharma G; Pokharel L (2019) Report: From Relief to Redress – Reparations In Post-Conflict Nepal. Queens University Belfast, . [Link]
2019 Gallen J; Moffett L (2019) From Truth To Repair – Implementing Truth Commissions’ Recommendations on Reparations. Queens University Belfast, . [Link]

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2018 James Gallen (2018) Towards Transitional Justice Conference on Irish Historical Abuse and Transitional Justice Boston College, .
2016 James Gallen (2016) Institutions and Ireland Constitutional Torts and Historical and Institutional Abuse TCD Dublin Ireland, .
2016 James Gallen (2016) State Accountability for Vulnerability State Accountability for Vulnerability: Interrogating the Structures of Vulnerability DCU, Dublin, Ireland, .
2016 James Gallen (2016) Law and Society Association Annual Conference The Integrity of Accountability and Transitional Justice New Orleans, USA, .
2016 James Gallen (2016) Jus Post Bellum and Just Peace Reconciliation and a Just Peace The Hague, The Netherlands, .
2018 James Gallen (2018) Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference Historical Institutional Abuse and Transitional Justice Dublin, Ireland, .
2018 James Gallen (2018) Law and Society Association Annual Conference Reparations, Historical Abuse and Structural Change in Consolidated Democracies Toronto Canada, .
2017 James Gallen (2017) Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference “Investigating an Abusive Past in Consolidated Democracies: Truth Commissions, Commissions of Inquiry and Historical Abuse Newcastle, UK, .
2015 Gallen, James (2015) ICON S 2015 Public Law in an Uncertain World Jus Post Bellum: Interpretation and the Pursuit of Coherence in Post-Conflict Law New York, NY, 01/07/2015-03/07/2015.
2012 Gallen James (2012) Jus Post Bellum: Mapping the Normative Foundations Conference Jus Post Bellum: An Interpretive Framework The Hague, The Netherlands, 31/05/2012-01/06/2012.
2010 Gallen, James (2010) Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Post-Graduate Conference International Law in the Circumstances of Transition: Towards a Law of Transitional Justice and Development University College Cork, Ireland, 29/04/2010-29/04/2010.
2009 Gallen, James (2009) Irish Society of Comparative Law, Annual Conference The Criminal Laws of Nepal: An International and Comparative Perspective University of Limerick, Ireland, 28/02/2009-28/02/2009.
2009 Gallen, James (2009) Irish Jurisprudence Seminar Series Outreach: Justice Seen to be Done School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, 19/03/2009-19/03/2009.

Book Review

Year Publication
2017 Gallen, J (2017) Violence, Law and the Impossibility of Transitional Justice. DORDRECHT: BREV [DOI]
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Professional Associations

Association Function From / To
Irish Society of International Law Chairperson 01/05/2015 - 01/05/2018

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/05/2022 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching Dublin City University


Committee Function From / To
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-NGO Standing Committee -
Research Ethics Committee -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Trinity College Dublin PhD
Trinity College Dublin LLB
New York University School of Law LLM


Journal Role
Feminist Legal Studies Reviewer
Nordic Journal of International Law Reviewer

Outreach Activities

Year Engagement Type Organisation Description
Advisory Work Department of Children and Youth Affairs Selection Panel for the establishment of a Collaborative Forum of victim-survivors related to Irish Historical Abuse
Advisory Work Department of Children and Youth Affairs Expert Advisor on Transitional Justice to Minister and Department of Children and Youth Affairs on Mother and Baby Homes


Title Year Type Authors
Government is only causing more hurt and anger among women with efforts to silence those who suffered brutal birthing procedure 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Gallen J

Research Interests

I welcome research students in any area of public international law, human rights, or jurisprudence and political philosophy. I am especially interested in supervising research in the areas of jus post bellum, transitional justice, international criminal law, international human rights law and historical abuse or injustice.

Modules Coordinated

Term Title Subject
2021 International Human Rights Law LG237A
2020 International Law and Conflict LG566
2022 Critical Approaches to Law LG137