Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Kirsten Roberts Lyer is a specialist in international human rights, having practiced for 16 years as a policy expert and international lawyer before joining the School.
She took a career break from 2013-2016 to undertake a PhD in The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, where Roberts Lyer also established the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights with Dr. Philippa Webb, and consulted for the UN Development Program (UNDP) on the establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudsmen in a number of countries.
From 2008-2013, she was Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Research, Policy and Promotion at the Irish Human Rights Commission, Ireland's National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and from 2008–2011 she was also coordinator of the European Group of NHRIs.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Kirsten was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. She has previously worked as a legal officer in Trial Chamber I of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2005-2008). She has also worked in Ireland's diplomatic mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, at the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice and for Amnesty International.
Roberts Lyer has been an independent expert on fundamental rights for the European Commission and sits on the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs' Non-Governmental Standing Committee on Human Rights. In addition, she has consulted with a variety of international organizations on human rights issues. She has also been an advisor on human rights policy to a member of the Irish houses of parliament.
Her research interests include the development of national human rights implementation and oversight mechanisms. She specializes in the creation of effective National Human Rights Institutions, engagement with international human rights mechanisms and parliamentary oversight of human rights.