For editorial queries please contact Rory O’Connell (details below).
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 sluggerotoole.com. You can contact him at patrick.corrigan[at]amnesty.org.uk or (+44) 028 9064 3000.
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 b.dickson[at]qub.ac.uk or (+44) 028 9097 3456.
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 ColinHarper[at]disabilityaction.org 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 daniel[at]caj.org.uk.
Dónal Kearney is the current Frank Jennings intern at Front Line Defenders (Dublin/Geneva). In 2013, he graduated with an LL.M. (Distinction) in International Human Rights at the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He holds a Law degree from the University of Cambridge and has previously volunteered for the Legal Support Project at the Law Centre (NI), the Committee on the Administration of Justice, and Ayni Ruway (Bolivia). He can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donal Lyons is the Public Affairs Officer at the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ). Donal has previously worked in a number of Policy and Public Affairs positions in Dail Eireann and the community and voluntary sector. You can contact Donal at Donal[at]caj.org.uk or (+44) 028 9031 6000.
Sorcha McKenna is Campaigns Manager with the Human Rights Consortium a coalition campaigning for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. She has previously worked with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Save the Children and the Children’s Law Centre. Sorcha is undertaking a PhD at the Transitional Justice Institute examining child protection and armed conflict. You can contact her at sorcha[at]billofrightsni.org or (+44) 028 9031 3780.
Marieanne McKeown is the Development Officer with the Public Interest Litigation Support Project (The PILS Project). She previous worked for CAJ and holds a Masters in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from Queens University Belfast. You can contact her at Marieanne[at]pilsni.org or on (+44) 028 90 44 6201
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 http://amorvern.blogspot.com/
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]gmail.com
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 Heights, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights, Disability Action’s Centre for Human Rights, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (Palestine). You can contact her at hrussell06[at]qub.ac.uk.
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 r.oconnell[at]ulster.ac.uk or http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk/staff_profiles/r.oconnell.html.
Kate Ward is the Policy and Research Support Officer at the Participation and Practice of Rights organisation, holding a Masters in International Human Rights Law with the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her interest lies in the empowerment of communities through economic and social rights. You can be contact her at kate[at]pprproject.org
Monica Wilson is 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 MonicaWilson[at]disabilityaction.org or (+44) 028 9029 7880.