The death has been announced of Prof. Kevin Boyle yesterday. Educated at QUB and Cambridge, Kevin Boyle was one of of the most influential scholars in human rights to come from Ireland and, indeed, to write and practice in Europe over recent decades. His work has always embraced the importance of taking multiple perspectives on human rights, and has spanned a huge array of subjects from Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland: The Choice, 2004, with Tom Hadden) to Africa (Human Rights and Democracy: The Role of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, 1996, ed with Adel Omar Sherif) and very influential works on freedom of religious belief and minority rights.
Professor Boyle was the founding director of NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Human Rights, special advisor to Mary Robinson during her tenure as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, director of the Human Rights Centre in the University of Essex, and a practising barrister with Doughty Street Chambers (UK Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, 1998). He was an influential member of the executive of the Irish Association of Law Teachers early in its existence and was awarded honourary membership at the IALT conference in Limerick last month.
He is a great loss to the Irish academy, the human rights community, and of course his friends, colleagues and family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.