Global Freedom of Expression

Megan Donaldson

Megan Donaldson holds degrees in law and history from the University of Melbourne, and an LL.M. in Legal Theory from NYU. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis tracing ideas and practices of secrecy and publicity in the international order, with a focus on the interwar years. Looking in particular at Britain, France and the US, her dissertation examines public contestation over secrecy and publicity (in legislatures and the press), but also draws on archives of the League of Nations, foreign ministries and government departments to probe how officials in international and national institutions responded to new demands for publicity, developing and refining practices to realize or frustrate them, or articulating their own visions of publicity or secrecy and the ends they served. Prior to commencing her doctorate, she was a Research Fellow in NYU’s Institute for International Law and Justice, where she coordinated a cluster of international projects addressing aspects of global administrative law. More recently, she has explored questions of governance and law in contemporary international institutions, with a particular focus on the rhetoric and practices of transparency.