The Royal Irish Academy was founded by the Charter in 1785 for the advancement of learning and scholarship in Ireland. It is an all-island independent body of peer-elected members and one of its principal roles is to identify and recognise Ireland’s world-class researchers. There are 637 Members of the RIA, including RSC Director Brigid Laffan.
In a virtual admittance ceremony that took place on 21 May 2021, Professor Curtin together with other 3 Honorary Members of the RIA and 23 new Members were elected for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, humanities, and social sciences as well as to public service.
Deirdre Curtin is Professor of European Union Law at the EUI Law Department. She is a world-leading scholar in EU law renowned for her erudite scholarship on EU law and governance, in particular accountability, transparency and secrecy.
In congratulating the new Members Dr Mary Canning, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said: ‘These 27 new Members are recognised for their scholarly achievements, typically reflecting many years of research, or for significant contributions to Irish society. They bring international academic distinction to our country and we should be immensely proud of these remarkable women and men. As Members of the Academy, they will strengthen our capacity to provide expert advice on Higher Education and Research policy.’