Assistant Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Law and Government

Email: james.gallen@dcu.ie


JAMES GALLEN is a lecturer in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University.. His research interests include human rights, international law and legal and transitional justice. His present research agenda and recent publications concern transitional justice and jus post bellum, and a transitional justice approach to historical abuse in consolidated democracies, especially child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2017 he was appointed as an Expert Advisor on Transitional Justice by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to advise on a transitional justice approach to the issue of Mother and Baby Homes.


I wanted to participate in the DISCs project to learn from peers and best practice on how better to incorporate social justice into my teaching on law and human rights. In particular, I want to grow in my understanding of how to encourage greater student awareness, reflection and responsibility for social justice as it relates to law, the legal profession and the potential of both to contribute to social justice. I remain keen to challenge myself to interrogate my own position and role in facilitating these processes for students and in enabling a more participatory and student led learning experience

  • Develop techniques to ensure greater student participation and self-reflection on social justice in class room contexts
  • Continue to revise and critique my readings and style of delivery of the Critical Approaches to Law module to ensure intersectional voices are heard on law’s relationship with social justice
  • Develop an e-portfolio assessment mechanism that will enable student self-reflection as the form of assessment for the module


To learn more about James’s course development and planning for the Spring 2020 semester, please choose from one of the links below.


To learn more about James’s pedagogical orientation and approach as well as his experiences of participating on the DISCs Project, please click on one of the links below.

What is the purpose of Higher Education?

What does it mean to incorporate social justice principles into my teaching?

Reflections on the DISCs Project