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First Name
Last Name
Roberts Lyer
Central European University, Budapest
Human Rights, Rule of Law, national human rights institutions, United Nations human rights mechanisms, Hungary, civil society, ombudsman, parliament oversight, domestic implementation
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About Me

Specialist in international human rights, having practiced for 16 years as a policy expert and international lawyer before joining the Central European University’s School of Public Policy, where she teaches Rule of Law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law.

She took a career break from 2013-2016 to undertake a PhD in The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, where Roberts Lyer also established the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights with Dr. Philippa Webb, and consulted for the UN Development Program (UNDP) on the establishment and strengthening of National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudsmen in a number of countries including Timor Leste, Armenia, and Turkmenistan.

From 2008-2013, she was Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Research, Policy and Promotion at the Irish Human Rights Commission, Ireland’s National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and from 2008–2011 she was also coordinator of the European Group of NHRIs.

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Kirsten was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. She has previously worked as a legal officer in Trial Chamber I of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2005-2008). She has also worked in Ireland’s diplomatic mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, at the European Court of Human Rights, European Court of Justice, and for Amnesty International.

She has consulted with a variety of international organizations on human rights issues. She has also been an advisor on human rights policy to a member of the Irish houses of parliament.

Her research areas focus on the development of effective national human rights implementation and oversight mechanisms. She specializes in the creation of effective National Human Rights Institutions, engagement with international human rights mechanisms, and mechanisms for parliamentary oversight of human rights.

Recent Publications
  • Kirsten Roberts Lyer and Philippa Webb, Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights, in M. Saul, A. Follesdal, and G. Ulfstein (eds), The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments: Europe and Beyond (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • Kirsten Roberts Lyer, Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts, by Yuval Shany (book review). British Yearbook of International Law, Oxford University Press (2017).
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Country Focus
Ireland, Hungary, Europe

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