Professor Emeritus Dolores A. Donovan specializes in constitutional and comparative law. Her publications deal with the legal systems of developing nations and criminal justice systems. Her articles can be found in domestic and foreign law journals, ranging from peer–reviewed publications such as the American Journal of Comparative Law to the Ethiopian Law Review. Donovan is a consultant to foundations and government international development agencies. She was the South Asia regional senior equity advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development, a senior Fulbright Professor at the Ethiopian Civil Service College, a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, and a visiting professor at the UC Hastings College of Law and the East China Institute of Politics and Law in Shanghai.

BA, Stanford University
JD, Stanford University
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Law School
Partner, Donovan and Ryan
Staff Attorney, Lawyers Military Defense Committee
Asian Legal Systems
Comparative Law
Human Rights
International Development Law
Prosecutorial and Judicial Misconduct (California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1979)
Law Review and Journal Articles
“Homicide in Ethiopia: Human Rights, Federalism, and Legal Pluralism,” 51 American Journal of Comparative Law 505 (2003). (Co-authored with Getachew Assefa.)
“The Judicial Duty to Protect and Enforce Constitutional Rights of Accused Persons Unrepresented by Counsel,” 1 Ethiopian Law Review 27 (2002).
“Codification in Developing Nations: Ritual and Symbol in Cambodia and Indonesia,” 31 UC Davis Law Review 693 (1998). (Symposium Issue: "Codification in the 21st Century")
“Cambodia: Building a Legal System from Scratch,” 27 International Lawyer 445 (1993).
“The Structure of the Chinese Criminal Justice System: A Comparative Perspective,” 21 University of San Francisco Law Review 229 (1987). (Symposium Issue: "Chinese Law")
“Informers Revisited: Government Surveillance of Domestic Political Organizations and the Fourth and First Amendments,” 33 Buffalo Law Review 333 (1984).