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Dr. Deirdre Ahern

Associate Professor (Law)
HOUSE 39, COLLEGE


Professor Deirdre Ahern is an Associate Professor in Trinity College Dublin's Law School where she is the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate). Convenor of the Technologies, Law and Society Research Group and a member of the School's Corporate Law, Governance and Capital Markets Research Group, her primary research areas are corporate law, comparative corporate law, corporate governance and commercial law as well as the emerging areas of FinTech regulation and AI. Professor Ahern is an appointed member of the European Commission's Informal Company Law Expert Group for 2020-2024. Professor Ahern's research agenda engages with the societal and legal expectations of companies and their directors including the ethical challenges presented by globalisation. She has written extensively nationally and internationally on the theoretical framework surrounding the duties of company directors. She has a track record of publishing cutting-edge transformative work in high impact, top tier national and international journals which is well cited in academic, policy, judicial and legal practice contexts. Based on a sustained research track of field-shaping work she has developed an international reputation as an expert on the law and policy relating to the duties of company directors and has broken new ground in how the discipline of corporate law and corporate governance is thought about. Her book, Directors' Duties; law and Practice (Thomson Roundhall, 2009) was shortlisted for the Kevin Boyle Prize. Professor Ahern was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College in 2012 on the basis of her contribution to scholarship and is an elected member of the Board (governing authority) of Trinity College representing the Fellows. A founding Director of the Irish Corporate Law Forum, Professor Ahern previously worked as a commercial solicitor with A&L Goodbody and KPMG and both as a researcher and principal officer with the Law Reform Commission. Professor Ahern is co-editor of the Irish Business Law Review and sits on the editorial boards of The Company Lawyer and the Journal of Business Law. She is a contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies. Deirdre has served as Secretary and President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and as President of Trinity Women Graduates.
  BOARDS OF DIRECTORS   Business/Corporate Law   Comparative Company Law   Corporate Governance   FinTech Regulation   GENDER QUOTAS ON BOARDS
 CSRxChange: Constructing Regulatory, Reporting and Accreditation Tools for Corpoate Social Responsibility
 An Examination of the Shareholders' Right Directive
 The Legal Duties of Nominee Directors

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Devising and co-delivering Principles of Fiduciary Corporate Law course for the Duke-Geneva Transnational Law Institute
Co-editor of the Irish Business Law Review 2015 -
Secretary of the Irish Association of Law Teachers
Director of the Irish Corporate Law Forum http://www.iclf.ie/ 2010 to date
President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers 2011-2012
Member of the Steering Committee of the Trinity Consortium on Ageing 2007 to date
Member of the Quality Committeee, TCD From 2009
Member of the Law Society Business Law Committee 2006 to 2009
Member of the Law Reform Commission's Working Group on Vulnerable Adults and the Law 2005 to 2006
Member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland's Faculty of Public Health Medicine 2006 to 2007
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English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
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Member of the Law Society of Ireland
Member of the Society of Legal Scholars 2006 to date
Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute
Directors' Duty of Care and Harnessing the Potential for AI to Enhance Boardroom Dynamics in, editor(s)Philip Morgan and Ernest Lim , The Cambridge Handbook of Private Law and Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021, [Ahern, Deirdre], Book Chapter, ACCEPTED
Directors - Appointment, Removal and Vacation in, editor(s)Alistair Alcock , Gore-Browne on Companies, Bristol, LexisNexis UK, 2020, [Ahern, Deirdre], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Management of a Company in, editor(s)Alistair Alcock , Gore-Browne on Companies, Bristol, LexisNexis UK, 2020, [Ahern, Deirdre], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Ahern, Deirdre, A New Vista to Transform Sustainable Investment Decisions: Mobilising New Technologies to Bridge Global Regulatory Gaps , Regulating Business in Times of Turbulence, Istanbul, 15 October 2020, 2020, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Ahern. Deirdre and Jain, Tanusree, When Tokens Matters: A Critical Perspective on Tokenism and Women on Corporate Boards, Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, 7 November 2020, 2020, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Ahern, Deirdre, Regulators Nurturing FinTech: Global Evolution of the Regulatory Sandbox as Opportunity-based Regulation, 2020, Notes: [European Banking Institute Working Paper Series No. 60], Working Paper, PUBLISHED  URL
"Majority Rule and Minority Protections: Theoretical Frameworks and National Practice in the Shadow of the EU: The Case of Ireland" in, editor(s)A.J. Viera Gonzalez and C. Teichmann , Conflicts of Interest between Majorities and Minorities in the EU Member States Private Company Law, Spain, Thomson Reuters Aranzadi, 2019, pp117 - 169, [Deirdre Ahern], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Directors - Appointment, Removal and Vacation in, editor(s)Alistair Alcock , Gore-Browne on Companies, Bristol, LexisNexis UK, 2019, [Ahern, Deirdre], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Management of a Company in, editor(s)Alistair Alcock , Gore-Browne on Companies, Bristol, 2019, [Ahern, Deirdre], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Deirdre Ahern, Regulators Nurturing FinTech Innovation: Global Evolution of The Regulatory Sandbox as Opportunity-Based Regulation, Indian Journal of Law and Technology, 2019, Notes: [http://hdl.handle.net/2262/91649], Journal Article, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text
  

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Ahern, Deirdre, The Future of Annual General Meetings, Virtualisation and Corporate Accountability, The Future of Annual General Meetings, Virtualisation and Corporate Accountability, University College London, 22 September, 2020, University College London, Invited Talk, APPROVED
Ahern, Deirdre, Directors' Duty of Care and Harnessing the Potential for AI to Enhance Boardroom Dynamics, Artificial Intelligence and Private Law, National University of Singapore, 27 August 2020, 2020, National University of Singapore, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Ahern, Deirdre, Closing Keynote: The Impact of Blockchain and DLT Technologies on Company Law, International Congress on Digitalization and DLT in Company Law, University of Zaragoza, Spain, 29-30 October 2020, 2020, Faculty of Law, University of Zaragoza, Invited Talk, ACCEPTED
Ahern, Deirdre, The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Governance of Companies, Corporate Law and Finance Summer School, Trinity College Dublin, 23 July 2019, 2019, European Law Students Association, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ahern, Deirdre, Keynote: Sustainable Governance into the Future and the Impact of Artificial Intelligence, Annual Conference of the Chartered Governance Institute of the UK and Ireland, Dublin Castle, 16 May 2019, 2019, the Chartered Governance Institute of the UK and Ireland, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ahern. Deirdre and Jain, Tanusree, Using Mandatory Quotas to Address Gender Imbalances In The Boardroom: Some Evidence From East And West, Hearing Women's Voices: Irish Federation of University Women Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 19 October 2019, 2019, Trinity Women Graduates / Irish Federation of University Women, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ahern, Deirdre, (Panel Chair) Women in Leadership , Hearing Women's Voices: Irish Federation of University Women Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 19 October 2019, 2019, Trinity Women Graduates / Irish Federation of University Women, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ahern, Deirdre, Regulatory Influences and Listed Companies Engagement with Diversity in their Annual Reports, Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: Listed Companies' Self-Reporting on Diversity in their Annual Reports , The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Deirdre, Equal in Name: The Limits of Law, Then and Now, Me Too, Then and Now, Trinity Long Room Hub, 7 March , 2018, Trinity Long Room Hub, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Ahern, Deirdre, (Panellist) Culture, Diversity and Evidence from the Field, Culture, Diversity and the Way Forward for Corporate Governance in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, 25 October 2018, 2018, Central Bank of Ireland & Trinity College Dublin, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Directors' Duties: Law and Practice shortlisted for Kevin Boyle Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship 2011
Fellow, Trinity College Dublin 2012
Visiting Scholar, Duke University 2013
Herbert Smith Visitng Fellow, Faculty of Law, Cambridge University 2016
Highly Commended, Provost's Teaching Awards 2016