Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, LLB (Leeds), LLM (Columbia, NYU), PhD (Essex) has been a member of the UN Human Rights Committee since 2001, having served as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 1993 to 2001. He is also a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists.
He has worked at UN Headquarters in New York and was founding head of the legal office at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. Professor Rodley has taught human rights and international law at the University of Essex since 1990 when he was appointed as Reader in Law. He was Dean of Law from 1992 to 1995.
He directed or co-directed the LLM in International Human Rights Law 1990-1992, 1996-2002 and 2003-2009. He has also taught at Dalhousie University, the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (New York), and at the London School of Economics.
He has published widely in the field of international law and organisation, especially on human rights issues, focusing more recently on the treatment of prisoners and the prevention of torture. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Israel Law Review and a member of the editorial committee of the British Year Book of International Law.
Professor Rodley was awarded a knighthood in 1998 in recognition of his services to human rights and international law. In 2003 he was elected a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. The recipient of an honorary LLD from Dalhousie University (2000), he was awarded the American Society of International Law’s 2005 Goler T Butcher Medal for Outstanding Contribution to International Human Rights Law. In 2008, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. He is currently Chair of the Human Rights Centre and was recently made a key member of the Advisory Group on Human Rights. The group works to advise the Foreign Secretary and Foreign and Commonwealth Office on human rights challenges in order to improve government policy.