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Human Rights Committee - Members

Nigel RODLEY (United Kingdom)

Born: 1 December 1941

Educational Background

1960-1963: University of Leeds LLB

1964-1965: Columbia University LLM

1970 New York University LLM

1993 University of Essex PhD

Marital status: Married

Foreign languages: French, German, Spanish

Current positions:

Since 1994: Professor of Law and Chair, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Since 2001: Member, Human Rights Committee (Vice-Chair since 2003)

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:

1993-2001: UN Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on the question of torture since 2003: Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists

since 2000: Member, Editorial Committee, British Year Book of International Law

since 2003: Trustee, Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture

1998: Knighted (KBE) for 'services to human rights and international law'

2000: Honorary LLD, Dalhousie University

Main professional activities:

1965-1968: Assistant Professor of Law, Dalhousie University , Halifax NS , Canada

1968-1969: Associate Economics Affairs Officer, Division of Public Finance and Financial Institutions, UN Headquarters New York

1969-1972: Visiting Lecturer of Political Science, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York NY

1970-1972: Research Fellow, New York University Center for International Studies

1973-1990: Founding Head of Legal Office, International Secretariat, Amnesty International, London

1973-1990: Part-time Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics (Research Fellow 1983)

Reader (1990-1994), University of Essex , Colchester , United Kingdom (Subjects taught: International Law; International Human Rights; Jurisprudence)

Director, LLM in International Human Rights Law (1991-1993)

Dean of the School of Law (1992-1995)

1993 - Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur on torture. (Main responsibilities: reviewing conception of mandate: ensuring transmission of suitable information to Governments and processing of following-up replies: visiting selected countries: reporting annually to the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations General Assembly: liaising with the Committee against Torture)

Training programmes:

Henry-Dunant Institute ( Geneva ), Seminar for Francophone Heads of Prison Administration, Bujumbura (1990)

University of Lund (Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights, 1991, 1992 and 2000)

African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Banjul (1991)

United Nations Human Rights Training Course for Law Enforcement Officials, Malta (1991)

University of Essex Training Programme for Senior Administration of Justice Officials from Small Commonwealth Countries (1991)

United Nations Human Rights Training Course for Law Enforcement Officials, Albania (1992)

University of Essex Human Rights Training Sessions for the British Bar, London (1993)

African Commission on Human and People's Rights, Training Programmes for African Officials responsible for Reporting under the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, Harare (1993)

University of Essex Human Rights Centre Training Programmes for East European Lawyers (1999)

Lord Chancellor's Department Judicial Studies Board, Human Rights Act Training Seminar (2000)


Member, Board of the European Human Rights Foundation

Founding member and former Executive Committee Vice-Chairman of INTERIGHTS - International Human Rights Law Centre

Member, Council of "Justice" (British branch of the International Commission of Jurists)

Member, Executive Committee, David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies

Member, International Human Rights Council, Carter Centre, Emory University

Rapporteur, first and second annual meetings of Commission on Human Rights special procedures (1994, 1995): Chairman, sixth meeting (1999)

List of most recent publications in this field

The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law (2 nd edn., 1999, OUP)

'Breaking the Cycle of Impunity for Gross Violations of Human Rights: The Pinochet Case in Perspective', 69 Nordic J Int'l L 11 (2000)

'The Definition(s) of Torture in International Law', 55 Cur'nt Leg. Probs. 467 (2002)

'U N Human Rights Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures of the Commission on Human Rights-Complementarity or Competition?', 25 HRQ 882 (2003)

'The UN Human Rights Machinery and International Criminal Law', in Lattimer and Sands (eds.), Justice for Crimes against Humanity (2003, Hart Publishing )

Other main publications:

The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law, 1987, 1999

International Law in Western Hemisphere , 1974

Enhancing Global Human Rights, 1979

To Loose the Bands of Wickedness - International Intervention in Defence of Human Rights, 1992

International Response to Traumatic Stress, 1996

Conference on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Acute Crisis, 1998

Immunities of Officials Associated with Permanent United Nations Establishments, 1972

Monitoring Human Rights by the United Nations System and the Role of Non-Governmental Organisations, 1979

On the Necessity of United States Ratification of the International Human Rights Conventions, 1981

Direct Intervention at the United Nations: NGO Participation in the Commission on Human Rights and its Sub-Commission, 1982

The Development of United Nations Activities in the Field of Human Rights and the Role of Non-Governmental Organisations, 1983

Torture, Extra-Legal Execution and "Disappearance" as Crimes under International Law, 1985

United Nations Action Procedures against "Disappearances", Summary or Arbitrary Executions and Torture, 1986

Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention: The Case Law of the World Court , 1989

The International Legal Consequences of Torture, Extra-Legal Execution and "Disappearance", 1989

The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, 1991

United Nations Non-Treaty Mechanisms for Protecting Human Rights, 1992

Conceptual Problems Concerning Minorities - International Legal Developments, 17 Human Rights, 1995

Rights and Responses to Terrorism in Northern Ireland , 1995

International Human Rights Law and Machinery for Monitoring its Implementation in Situations of Acute Crisis, 1998

Impunity of Human Rights, 1998

Toward a More Effective Integrated System of Human Rights Protection by the United Nations, 1993

Ninth to Fourteenth Reports of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Question of Torture, 1994-1999

Various official reports on visits to individual countries in role of United Nations Special Rapporteur

[This profile can be found in the document CCPR/SP/56]



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