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Kirsten Roberts Lyer

Associate Professor of Practice, Acting Director Shattuck Centre, Central European University

Kirsten Roberts Lyer is Associate Professor of Practice at the School of Public Policy, Central European University. She teaches Human Rights, Rule of Law and International Humanitarian Law.

Prior to joining CEU, she worked for 16 years in human rights and international law.

Kirsten completed a PhD on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) at King's College London School of Law, where she was a Dickson Poon Scholar, in 2016. Prior to starting at King's College London, she was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School for the 2012/2013 academic year.

From 2008 to 2013 she was Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Research, Policy and Promotion of the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Ireland’s NHRI. She was also coordinator of the European Group of NHRIs. Her previous experience has included the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, and Amnesty International-Irish Section.

Kirsten regularly consults for international organisations on issues relating to human rights.

Research focus: NHRIs, independent oversight, parliamentary oversight of human rights, university autonomy.


  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor of Practice, Central European University


  • 2016 
    King's College London, PhD
  • 2002 
    Trinity College Dublin, M.Litt