Director, International Human Rights Law Institute
Denis Edwards joined DePaul University College of Law as Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute and a visiting professor of law in August 2014.
Professor Edwards obtained an LLB with honors and the 1987 David Lowe Prize in Public Law from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He received an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He was a lecturer in law at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow from 1990 to 1995, and at the JW Goethe University in Frankfurt and the University of Giessen in Germany in 1993. He was a visiting professor of law at Tulane Law School in academic year 1995-1996, and he was an associate professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong between 1996 and 2000. In academic year 2000-2001, he was a Human Rights Law Teaching Fellow at Columbia Law School in New York City. Since 2001, he has taught EU law with the University of London International Program, including in Hong Kong and Moscow. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 he taught EU Law at DePaul and also assisted in the DePaul Legal Clinic.
Professor Edwards is a barrister of the Middle Temple, which awarded him a Harmsworth Scholarship. In 2003 and 2004, he was a judicial assistant in both the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court of England and Wales. He is a member of the leading environmental law set of barristers’ chambers in London and also an Advocate in Scotland. His expertise includes EU law, international trade law, administrative law, constitutional law, human rights law, environmental law and education law. He has appeared in courts at all levels in the UK, including three cases in the UK Supreme Court, and in two cases heard by the European Court of Human Rights. Professor Edwards also has published a number of articles in leading law journals, including the American Journal of Comparative Law and the Journal of Environmental Law. He co-authored a book on judicial review, with a UK Supreme Court Justice, which is regarded as the leading work on administrative law in Scotland. He has also participated in a number of lawyer and judicial training programs in developing countries, including in the People’s Republic of China.
Executive Director, International Human Rights Law Institute
Elisabeth Ward is the Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI) at DePaul University College of Law. As Executive Director, Ward is responsible for the conceptualization, design and management of IHRLI’s international projects, experiential learning opportunities and scholarly research. Prior to serving as Executive Director, Ward held the position of Director of International Projects, in which she directed IHRLI’s U.S. Department of State grants in Iraq, which included the Legal Education Reform Project, the Women’s Leadership Project, the NGO Training Project, the Supporting Democracy in Iraq Project and the Building Gender Capacity Project. Prior to joining IHRLI she worked on a variety of international human rights law issues, primarily focusing on post-conflict justice issues, anti-trafficking efforts and the protection of the rights of women and children. She is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois. She received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and her B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University.