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About Megan A. Fairlie

Megan Fairlie received her B.A. in English summa cum laude from the University at Albany, where she was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and was a four year member of the women’s varsity swim team. She then earned her J.D. from Washington and Lee University, cum laude. Professor Fairlie’s most recent academic achievements stem from her affiliation with the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where she earned the degree of Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law in June 2007. She also holds an LL.M. in International Peace Support Operations from the same institution, graduating first in her LL.M. concentration, with first class honours, and receiving an award for having earned the highest average among all LL.M. graduates. Professor Fairlie’s main research interests lie in the field of international and comparative criminal procedure. In 2005, while pursuing her doctorate, she lectured in law at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, where she was a part of the Transitional Justice Institute. She has also taught a number of times on the Irish Centre for Human Rights’ Summer School on the International Criminal Court and was a Visiting Professor at Albany Law School (2010-2011). From 2007-2009, Dr. Fairlie was part of an expert group, organized by the Amsterdam Centre for International Law and The Hague Institute for the Internalisation of Law, whose focus was on the progressive development of the law of international criminal procedure towards a coherent body of law. In 2011, Professor Fairlie returned to serve as Discussant at the group’s concluding conference. Since 2009, Professor Fairlie has sat on the board of Self Help Africa-USA, a non-profit organization committed to empowering communities in rural Africa. Professor Fairlie has published in a variety of peer-reviewed and student edited journals in The United States and abroad. She has also authored a number of book chapters, most frequently as a contributor to a series on the case-law of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Licensed to practice law in New York and North Carolina, Dr. Fairlie is a former prosecutor and has served as counsel in both houses of the New York State Legislature. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, international criminal law, professional responsibility and seminars on international criminal procedure and the International Criminal Court.


2007 - Present Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
2010 - 2011 Visiting Professor, Albany Law School
2005 Lecturer in Law, University of Ulster

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Reading Committee Member, Judicial responses to procedural violations in international criminal proceedings’ 500 page Doctoral Thesis to be submitted by Ph.D. candidate Kelly Pitcher at the University of Amsterdam, Report tendered: July 2016
  • Public Defense: September 2016
  • Judging Panel, International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition Memorials, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, Spring 2016
  • “Worth Reading” designation from War Crimes Prosecution Watch (article: The Hidden Costs of Strategic Communications for the International Criminal Court), January 2016
  • Reading Committee Member, The Investigation Phase in International Criminal Procedure: In Search of Common Rules, 1,000 page Doctoral Thesis submitted by Ph.D. candidate Karel de Meester at the University of Amsterdam, Report tendered: June 2014
  • Public Defense: September 2014
  • “Worth Reading” designation from War Crimes Prosecution Watch (article: Alternate Judges as Sine Qua Nons for International Criminal Trials), 2014
  • Journal of International Law and International Relations, Manuscript Referee, 2013
  • “Worth Reading” designation from War Crimes Prosecution Watch (article: The United States and the International Criminal Court Post-Bush: A Beautiful Courtship but an Unlikely Marriage), 2010
  • Self Help Africa –USA, Board Member, 2009- present
  • Law Review Advisor, 2009-2010
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Faculty Advisor to the International Law Students Association, 2008-2010
  • European Journal of International Law, Manuscript Referee, 2006
  • Amnesty International, Irish Section
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone (both in association with the Irish Centre for Human Rights), 2004
  • Prize for highest academic rank among all LL.M. graduates, Awarded by the Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, 2003
  • The Legal Project: Domestic Violence Legal Connection Panel (in association with the Capital District Women’s Bar Association), 2000-2001
  • Woolf Peirez Academic Scholarship, Awarded by Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1993-1996
  • Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, 1992


  • Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Professional Responsibility


2007 Ph.D., National University of Ireland ‐ International Human Rights Law
2003 LL.M., National University of Ireland, Galway
1996 J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law
1993 B.A., University of Albany

Contact Information

Florida International University
College of Law
11200 SW 8th Street RDB 2036
Miami, FL 33199

Ph: 305.348.1157


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