Human Rights Committee - Members
Michael O'Flaherty, an Irish national, is Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham . He read law at University College Dublin (BCL), theology and philosophy at the Gregorian University , Rome (BPh, STB), international relations at the University of Amsterdam (MA, MPhil) and is a Solicitor of the Irish Courts. He was elected to the Human Rights Committee, on nomination by the Irish Government, in September 2004.
Until December 2003, Michael O'Flaherty was a senior research officer at the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre. Previous UN postings include, coordination of the Asia and the Pacific programmes at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, establishment of the UN human rights field operations in Sierra Leone and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Secretary of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and UN human rights advisor for implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement. From 2000 to 2002 he chaired the UN reference group on human rights and humanitarian action.
His research interests are in the field of human rights, with particular reference to conflict and post-conflict situations and the law and practice of United Nations human rights treaty bodies. He has published extensively on these and related topics. His most recent book is Human Rights Field Operations, Law, Theory and Practice (ed., Ashgate, 2007).
Michael O'Flaherty is a Visiting Professor at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa), Fellow of Kingston University and serves as an advisor to a number of international organisations, including OHCHR, UNICEF, the Sierra Leone Special Court and many non-governmental organisations. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Human Rights Law Review, the Irish Yearbook of International Law; advisory committees of the European Roma Rights Centre (Budapest), the Diplomacy Training Programme (Sydney) and the UN-UK Association (London); and the Council of the European Inter-university Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice).