Dean Daly is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, First Amendment, administrative law, and human rights. Her scholarship focuses on transitional justice issues throughout the world. Her most recent book, Global Environmental Constitutionalism, was co-authored with Delaware Law Professor James R. May and published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. It surveys the turn toward protecting environmental and natural resources in domestic constitutions around the world. A previous book, Dignity Rights: Courts, Constitutions, and the Worth of the Human Person, is the first to explore the constitutional law of dignity—and how through the right to dignity, courts are redefining what it means to be human in the modern world. In his forward, Aharon Barak, former president of the Israeli Supreme Court, calls the book “a breath of fresh air.” Her first book, Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground, was co-written with South African scholar Jeremy Sarkin and published in 2006.
Dean Daly joined the Delaware Law faculty in 1993, serving as assistant professor and then associate professor from 1993 to 2003, when she was promoted to full professor. She also served as associate dean for faculty research and development and Vice Dean; she has directed Delaware Law’s summer programs in Sydney, Australia, and Venice, Italy.