ESR Project Title: Amplifying Disability Voices: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions
Colin is undertaking a PHD on the relationship between National Human Rights Institutions and civil society, with a specific focus on engagement with Disabled Persons Organisations. As part of his PHD Colin will work with the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities.
Prior to commencing his PHD Colin was Director for Legal, Research , Investigations and Advice to Government with the NI Human Rights Commission. At the Commission Colin engaged with a number of UN Treaty Bodies and represented the Commission before the UN Human Rights Council. Colin co-ordinated the Commission’s input to the negotiations on the UK exiting the European Union. Colin was a member of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions Working Group on the UN CRPD. Colin also served as Vice Chair of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Working Group on Aging.
Colin has contributed to a number of publications, including the Essex Autonomy Project’s Three Jurisdiction Report on compliance with Article 12 UN CRPD. Colin has worked with a number of national human rights institutions internationally.