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Deirdre Ahern


Professor Deirdre Ahern is Professor in Law at the School of Law, Trinity College Dublin where she is Director of the Technologies, Law and Society Research Group. Her primary research areas are comparative corporate law, corporate governance and the regulatory challenges presented FinTech and Artificial Intelligence. Professor Ahern's research agenda engages with the societal and legal expectations of companies and their directors including the ethical challenges presented by globalisation and new technologies. She has a track record of publishing cutting-edge transformative work which is well cited in academic, policy, judicial and legal practice context and an international reputation as an expert on the law and policy relating to the duties of company directors. Her monograph, Directors' Duties: Law and Practice (Thomson Roundhall, 2009) was shortlisted for the Kevin Boyle Prize. Professor Ahern was elected to Fellowship of Trinity College in 2012 on the basis of her contribution to scholarship. An appointed member of the European Commission's Informal Company Law and Corporate Governance Expert Group for 2020-2024, Professor Ahern is working with the Commission on EU policy development. She is also a member of the League of European Research Universities' Legal Team on Artificial Intelligence. Professor Ahern has served as an elected member of the Board (governing authority) of Trinity College. She has also served as President of the Irish Association of Law Teachers and as President of Trinity Women Graduates.

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