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Professor Deirdre Ahern

Professor in (Law)
HOUSE 39, COLLEGE


Professor Deirdre Ahern is the Director of Research at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin. Her primary research areas are comparative corporate law, corporate governance and tackling the regulatory challenges presented FinTech and Artificial Intelligence. An appointed member of the European Commission's Informal Company Law and Corporate Governance Expert Group for 2020-2024, Professor Ahern is working with the Commission and other experts on EU policy development. Director of the Technologies, Law and Society Research Group at Trinity College, Professor Ahern is also a member of the League of European Research Universities' Legal Team on Artificial Intelligence and co-ordinates the FinTech Regulation and Policy module on the School's LLM programme. Professor Ahern's research agenda engages with the societal and legal expectations of companies and their directors including the ethical challenges presented by globalisation and new technologies. She has a track record of publishing cutting-edge transformative work which is well cited in academic, policy, judicial and legal practice contexts. Based on a sustained research track of field-shaping work she has 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. A founding Director of the Irish Corporate Law Forum, Professor Ahern previously worked as a commercial solicitor with A&L Goodbody and KPMG and as a principal officer with the Law Reform Commission. Professor Ahern sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Law is a contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies and a member of the Steering Committee of the Daughters of Themis international network for female business scholars. From 2016-2020 Professor Ahern served as an elected member of the Board (governing authority) of Trinity College. She has previously served as President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and as President of Trinity Women Graduates. Professor Ahern welcomes expressions of interest in PhD supervision and post-doctoral research in the areas of company law, directors' duties, FinTech, sustainable corporate governance and regulation of artificial intelligence. Access to publications: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Deirdre_Ahern
  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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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
Deirdre Ahern and Suryapratim Roy, Policy Responses to Covid-19 In Ireland: Supporting Individuals, Communities, Businesses, and the Economy, COVID-19 Legal Observatory, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, December , 2020, Notes: [Contributes to national public debate on COVID-19 and policy-making by the State.], Report, PUBLISHED  URL
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
  

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Deirdre Ahern, Corporate Governance Reconceived: The New Era of Stakeholder Capitalism, Corporate Governance Reconceived: The New Era of Stakeholder Capitalism, Centre for Commercial Law, Edinburgh University, 17 March , 2021, Centre for Commercial Law, Edinburgh University, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Deirdre Ahern, Regulatory Lag, Regulatory Friction and Regulatory Transition as FinTech Disenablers: The Regulatory Sandbox Phenomenon in Member States and the EU's Experimental Governance Dilemma , Law School Workshop, Trinity College Dublin, 24 March , 2021, School of Law, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Deirdre Ahern, Regulatory Law and Regulatory Friction as FinTech Disenablers: Calibrating an EU Policy Response to the Adaptive Regulatory Sandbox in Member States, European Business Organization Law Review, 22, 2021, p395 - 432, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
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
Deirdre Ahern, Pandemic Has Opened a Vast Policy Vacuum, The Irish Times, 10 December, 2020, p12 - 12, Notes: [https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/pandemic-has-opened-a-vast-policy-vacuum-1.4432163 ], Review Article, PUBLISHED
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

  

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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