B.A.(New York and Dub.), LL.M.(Cantab.)
Dennis Driscoll teaches International Law, International Human Rights, and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has also taught at the University of Edinburgh, Cornell University, and Harvard University, where from 1985-1991, he was Chairperson of Harvard’s Seminar Series on ‘Media Coverage of International Affairs’. He is a Co-Founder of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and he is currently the President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association.
From 2004-2005, he was the Raoul Wallenberg Institute Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Peking University Law School, the first Professor of Human Rights in the history of China. He is now an Honorary Visiting Professor at Peking University Law School. He is also the Co-Director of the newly-established Corporate Social Responsibility Research Centre at Peking University Law School.
He was the Dean of the Faculty of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, from 1985-1991, and he was the Legal Advisor to the Irish Foreign Ministry from 1994-1995. He has also been legal counsel to a number of other Governments and international organisations.
Earlier, he was the Irish expert to the Council of Europe committee which dealt with consciousness-raising in Europe about human rights. During that time, amongst other tasks, the committee promoted educational materials on human rights for the police, for prison staff, for the medical profession and for journalists.
Dennis Driscoll is the director of a number of programmes at the Faculty of Law dealing with the legal problems of multinational companies including the Faculty’s annual Workshop on the Legal Problems of Multinational Companies.
In 1997 the President of the National University of Ireland, Galway, created an Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the University. Dennis Driscoll was the first academic to be honoured by receipt of the Presidential Award.
From 2001-2003, he was the European Rapporteur of the Asia-Europe Foundation’s series of meetings between EU countries and ASEAN countries, plus China, on corporate social responsibility. The result of those meetings was the publication entitled Human Rights and Economic Relations (2004).
More recently, he has participated in a number of training programmes for Chinese companies, Government officials and journalists on the subject of corporate social responsibility. He has given CSR training to more than 500 Chinese companies. He is the author of Peking University’s forthcoming study, Corporate Social Responsibility in China.