Siobhán McInerney-Lankford


Dr. Siobhán McInerney-Lankford is Senior Counsel at the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency and an expert in international human rights law. She has advised the World Bank on human rights since 2002 and has represented the World Bank in a variety of fora including the UN, EU and the OECD; from 2006-2009 she chaired the OECD DAC Human Rights Task Team. At the World Bank she has worked primarily in the Legal Department (in both advisory and operational capacities). She has also worked in the Banks’ Policy Department where she served as Legal Advisor to the Bank’s first Human Rights Trust Fund. Dr. McInerney-Lankford is an adjunct professor at AU Washington College of Law, and has lectured at EPLO, EIUC, the Fletcher School, Harvard and the UN Summer Academy. She is co-editor of a book on Human Rights Methods (Edward Elgar, 2017). Dr. McInerney-Lankford holds an LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin, (First Class Honors), an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a B.C.L. and D.Phil. (EU human rights law) both from Oxford. She is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island and the District of Columbia. Posts are written in the authors’ personal capacity and do not purport to reflect the views of the World Bank, its Board of Executive Directors or its Member governments.

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UNCITRAL WGIII and Human Rights: towards a more balanced ISDS System?

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ESIL-International Human Rights Law Symposium: Human Rights and Development Regimes – Reflections on Convergence and Influence

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