Prof. Micheal O’Flaherty  has been appointed as the new Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Prof. O’ Flaherty is a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, having been elected in 2004 and 2008. Prof. O’Flaherty will take up his position in September 2011, taking over from Prof. Monica McWilliams who has been the Chief Commissioner since 2005.

Seven new Commissioners of the NIHRC will also begin their work in September 2011.

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Written by Liam Thornton

Liam Thornton is a lecturer in law and director of clinical legal education in University College Dublin. His particular research interests are on issues relating to the welfare state, human rights, socio-economic rights, Governmentality, immigration law and EU law. You can contact him at liam.thornton[at] or (+353) 1 716 4129.