For editorial queries please contact Emma Patterson at


Patrick Corrigan is the Head of Nations & Regions for Amnesty International UK and its Northern Ireland Programme Director. He is a founder and board member of the Human Rights Consortium and a founder of the Refugee Action Group. He also blogs at You can contact him at


Brice Dickson is Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen’s University Belfast, a former Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and author of The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland .  You can contact him at


Dr Colin Harper is the Manager of Disability Action’s Centre of Human Rights. He has participated nationally and internationally on the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He has lectured in political philosophy and held a research scholarship in ethics, human rights and mental health in the School of Medicine, Queens University Belfast. You can contact him at or (+44) 028 9029 7880.

Daniel Holder  is the Deputy Director of the Belfast-based human rights NGO CAJ. He previously worked in the policy team of the NI Human Rights Commission and for a number of migrant rights projects including heading the Animate project set up by the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP) and  Dungannon Council. Prior to this he taught in the University of Havana and worked as a translator for press and media organisations in Havana, Cuba. He has an LLM in Human Rights law from Queen’s University Belfast. He can be reached on


Anna Morvern worked for many years as an immigration and human rights lawyer. She writes here with a focus on migrant rights and freedom of movement issues. Anna has acted as an international trial observer for Amnesty International and has also worked or volunteered with Law Centre (NI), Bail For Immigration Detainees, the Kurdish Human Rights Project, the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and Northern Ireland’s Refugee Action Group. You can contact Anna via


 Máiréad Ní Choileáin is working as a Freelance Researcher, currently living in East Jerusalem.  She also worked in the North of the West Bank,  as a human rights observer with the organisation EAPPI. She holds a PhD in politics, focusing on post-conflict transitional justice  from Queen’s University Belfast  You can contact her at mairead.eappi[at]


Hannah Russell is currently undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast entitled the ‘Right to Life and European Conflicts’. She has previously worked as a legal researcher for Al-Marsad – Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan HeightsCambodian Centre for Human RightsDisability Action’s Centre for Human RightsNorthern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (Palestine). You can contact her at


Rory O’Connell is a Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Transitional Justice Institute Law School, University of Ulster.  He is author of  Legal Theory in the Crucible of Constitutional Justice and a former collaborator on the QUB Project: Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Economic and Social Rights in Northern Ireland. Rory is a member of the Executive of CAJ, and sits on the editorial board of NICEM’s magazine Migrant Rights Now. You can contact him at or


Monica Wilson was Chief Executive of Disability Action.  Monica was a member of the Economic Rights Working Party on the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum and served on the UK Disability Rights Taskforce.  She has received an OBE for her services to people with disabilities and ‘RADAR’s Harding Award – an honorary title bestowed on a veteran disability rights campaigner.’ You can contact her at