Professor of Law and Co-Director International Law Concentration



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  • BA, St. Michael's College
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, PhD, Stanford University
  • JD, Columbia University

Bar Admittance

  • NY


  • Law of the European Union
  • International Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Children's Rights


Sara Dillon is Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School, where she has taught a variety of international law subjects since 2001. Between 1994 and 2001, she was a member of the Law Faculty at University College Dublin. During her time in Ireland, Professor Dillon published and lectured in the areas of European environmental law, as well as European and global trade regulation. She co-founded the ngo Friends of the Irish Environment, which was dedicated to the implementation of European environmental law in Ireland. More recently, she has taught and published in the fields of international trade law and policy, as well as public international law and international children's rights. She has authored articles on such subjects as the human rights of social orphans and child sex trafficking. In 2009, she published a reader covering many aspects of international children's rights. Prior to law school, Professor Dillon completed a PhD in Japanese literature, with a minor in Japanese intellectual history, and taught Japanese at the University of Pennsylvania.




INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S RIGHTS (Carolina Academic Press, 2009)


Book Chapters

Opportunism and the WTO: Corporations, Academics and 'Member States', in INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW: THE STATE AND FUTURE OF THE DISCIPLINE (Colin B. Picker and Isabella D. Bunn and Douglas W. Arner eds., 2008)

Comment: The Dynamics of Protest, in THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF ROBERT E. HUDEC (Daniel L. M. Kennedy ed., 2002)

Ireland: The Protection of Fundamental Rights, in FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS IN EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA (Albrecht Weber ed., 2001)


Child Labour and the Global Economy: Abolition or Acceptance?, 84 NORDIC J. INT'L L. 297 (2015)

Time for a Truth-Based Policy: Humanitarian Access to Children Living Without Family Care, 27 FLA. J. INT'L L. 23 (2015)

Yes, No, Maybe: Why No Clear "Right" of the Ultra-Vulnerable to Protection via Humanitarian Intervention?, 20 MICH. ST. INT'L. L. REV. 179 (2012)

Anglo-Saxon/Celtic/Global: The Tax-Driven Tale of Ireland in the European Union, 36 N.C. J. INT'L. L. & COM. REG. 1 (2010)

The Missing Link: A Social Orphan Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1 HUM. RTS. & GLOBALIZATION L. REV. 39 (2008)

What Human Rights Law Obscures: Global Sex Trafficking and the Demand for Children, 17 UCLA WOMEN'S L.J. 121 (2008)

Observations on Trade Law and Globalization, 33 INT'L J. LEGAL INFO. 103 (2005)

Looking for the Progressive Empire: Where is the European Union’s Foreign Policy?, 19 CONN. J. INT'L L. 275 (2004)

Making Legal Regimes for Intercountry Adoption Reflect Human Rights Principles: Transforming the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, 21 B.U. INT'L L.J. 179 (2003)

A Deep Structure Connection: Child Labor and the World Trade Organization, 9 ILSA J. INT'L & COMP. L. 443 (2003)

A Farewell to Linkage: International Trade Law and Global Sustainability Indicators, 55 RUTGERS LAW REV. 87 (2002)

The Mirage of EC Environmental Federalism in a Reluctant Jurisdiction, 8 N.Y.U. ENVTL. L.J. 1 (1999)

Fuji-Kodak, the World Trade Organization and the Death of Domestic Political Constituencies, 8 :2 MINN. J. GLOBAL TRADE 197 (1999)

Trade and the Environment: A Challenge to the GATT/WTO Principle of 'Ever-Freer Trade', 11 :2 ST. JOHN'S LEGAL COMMENT. 351 (1996)

Vulnerable Landscapes and the Inadequacies of the Irish Planning Acts, 18 DUBLIN U.L.J. 102 (1996)