William Binchy BA BCL LLM (NUI) MA (DUBL) FTCD (1995), Barrister-at-Law, Honorary Bencher (King's Inns). William Binchy is Regius Professor of Laws. He was formerly a special legal adviser on family law reform to the Irish Department of Justice and Research Counsellor to the Law Reform Commission. He was a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights Commission for two terms, from 2000 to 2011. He was Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (Michaelmas Term 2002) and Visiting Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford (June 2011). He has authored and co-authored books on private international law, torts and family law and organises the Annual Workshop on Constitutionalism for African Chief Justices and Senior Judiciary, held at the Law School, now in its fifteenth year. He has represented Ireland at the Hague Conference on Private International Law on the themes of marriage and inter-country adoption and the Irish Human Rights Commission at the United Nations during the formulation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was a member of the Committee on the Offences Against the State Acts, Chaired by the Hon. Mr. Justice Anthony Hederman. He has acted as consultant to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs in relation to the Timor-Leste judicial system, making a field visit in August 2005. He has organised visits of the members of the Judiciary of Tanzania, Uganda and Lesotho to Trinity College Dublin and of members of the Irish Judiciary to several African countries.