Ioanna Tourkochoriti is a legal scholar working in the field of comparative constitutional law, human rights, philosophy of law, political and moral philosophy. Before joining the Law School Faculty at NUI Galway a year ago she held for eight years research and Faculty appointments at Harvard University. She was a Wertheim Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and a Lecturer on Law and Social Studies at the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies at Harvard University. She was also a Visiting Professor at the Department of Law at Carleton University, Canada and she has lectured at numerous Universities all around the world. She holds a PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - Paris, France, a Masters in Political Philosophy from EHESS - Paris, an L.L.M. in Public Law from Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II, France and an L.L.B. in Law (4 year law degree) from Athens Law School, Greece. She has written on freedom of expression, freedom of religion, harm to self, human dignity, postmodernism and the law, on issues of discrimination on the grounds of religion and disability and on the differences in the philosophical understanding of liberty in Europe and the US ever since the American and the French Revolutions. She is currently the Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, and a member of the Social Sciences Outreach Group of the American Society of Comparative Law.