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Megan A. Fairlie

Professor of Law

Education & CV

  • Ph.D. (Law), National University of Ireland, Galway
  • LL.M., National University of Ireland, Galway
  • J.D., Washington and Lee University
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany
Curriculum Vitae


  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure & Litigation
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Professional Responsibility
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In Memoriam: Professor Megan Fairlie (1970-2022)

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.