Donncha O'Connell is an Established Professor of Law at NUI Galway where he has served terms as Dean of the Faculty of Law (2005-2008) and Head of the School of Law (2013-2017). He is a Commissioner (part-time) of the Law Reform Commission and a member of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. He has also been a member of the Legal Aid Board. Professor O'Connell spent the academic year 2009-2010 as a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE. He was the Senior Irish member of FRALEX, a legal expert group that advised the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and, prior to that, the Irish member of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights. From 1999-2002 he was the first full-time Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. He has also served on the boards of Amnesty International (Ireland), FLAC, INTERIGHTS and Druid Theatre Company.