Erin Daly
Interim Dean and Professor of Law, Widener Law Delaware

B.A., Wesleyan University
J.D., University of Michigan

Phone: 302.477.2143

Erin DalyErin Daly is Interim Dean and Professor of Law at Widener Law Delaware. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1983, and a J.D. from University of Michigan in 1989, cum laude.

Dean Daly has written extensively on comparative constitutional law and transitional justice issues throughout the world. She has recently published Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (U. Penn 2012), with a Foreword by former President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak. This is the first book to explore the constitutional law of dignity around the world. In Dignity Rights, Professor Daly shows how dignity has come not only to define specific interests like the right to humane treatment or to earn a living wage, but also to protect the basic rights of a person to control his or her own life and to live in society with others. She argues that, through the right to dignity, courts are redefining what it means to be human in the modern world. As a result, these cases force us to reexamine the relationship between the individual and the state and, in turn, contribute to a new and richer understanding of the role of the citizen in modern democracies.

Dean Daly previously published Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground, (co-authored with South African scholar Jeremy Sarkin) in the University of Pennsylvania Press’s Human Rights Series in 2006; a paperback edition was published in 2010.

Dean Daly has also written on comparative environmental law and has co-authored with Widener Law Delaware Professor James R. May Global Environmental Constitutionalism, a book on environmental constitutionalism that will be published in November 2014 by Cambridge University Press.

Dean Daly joined the faculty at Widener in 1993, serving as Assistant Professor from 1993-96 and Associate Professor from 1996-2003, when she was promoted to Full Professor. She was Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development from 2007-2011; she has directed Widener’s summer programs in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, 2003, and 2006, and in Venice, Italy, in 2008.

Dean Daly teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Administrative Law, and Human Rights.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Global Environmental Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press 2014) with James R. May (forthcoming November 2014).
  • Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person (U. Penn 2012), with a Foreword by Aharon Barak, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court.
  • Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground (U. Penn. 2006) with Jeremy Sarkin, with Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • H. Albert Young Distinguished Lecture in Constitutional Law. Constitutional Comparisons: Emerging Dignity Rights at Home and Abroad, 20 Widener L. Rev. 199 (2014).
  • Transitional Justice in Iraq: Learning the Hard Way, 47 Isr. L. Rev. 63 (2014).
  • The Ecuadorian Exemplar: The First Ever Vindication of Constitutional Rights of Nature, 21 Reciel (1) 63 (2012).
  • Constitutional Protection for Environmental Rights: The Benefits of Environmental Process, 17 Int’l J. Peace Stud. 71 (2012)
  • Human Dignity in the Roberts Court: A Story of Inchoate Institutions, Autonomous Individuals, and the Reluctant Recognition of a Right, 37 Ohio N. U.L. Rev. 381 (2011).
  • Vindicating Fundamental Environmental Rights: Judicial Acceptance of Constitutionally Entrenched Environmental Rights (with James R. May), 11 Or. Rev. Int’l L. 365 (2010).