Professor Michael O'Flaherty is Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway and Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. He is a member of numerous human rights advisory bodies and editorial boards internationally and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. His latest book is, “Human Rights Diplomacy: Contemporary Perspectives” (ed.), published in 2011.
From 2003 to 2012 he was Professor of Applied Human Rights and Co-director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham. From 2004-2012 he served as a member (latterly Vice-Chair) of the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Prior to taking up his posts at the University of Nottingham, he served in a number of senior positions with the United Nations. He established the UN human rights field missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1994) and Sierra Leone (1998) and subsequently guided UN headquarters support to its human rights programmes across the Asia-Pacific region.