Iain Byrne

Senior Lawyer, Economic and Social Rights / Legal Practice Director (Maternity Cover)

Iain is Senior Lawyer for Economic and Social Rights with a law degree from Manchester University and a MA in human rights theory and practice from Essex University where he has been a Fellow at the Human Rights Centre since 2000. Iain joined INTERIGHTS in September 2001 and was previously the Commonwealth programme lawyer. He has been involved in a range of litigation before domestic courts, the UN Human Rights Committee, European Court of Human Rights and the European Social Rights Committee including INTERIGHTS v Croatia and INTERIGHTS v Greece. Previous positions include Research Officer and then Associate with the Democratic Audit, Essex University; Senior Researcher with the Human Rights Act project, Kings College, London and extensive consultancy and training work for, amongst others, the UN, British Council and Amnesty International in Europe, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific. For two consecutive years he taught the first graduate Diploma Course on Human Rights to be run in Brazil, established in conjunction with the University of Brasilia and the British Council. In April 2007 he was Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre, UN University of Peace, Costa Rica. He is the author of numerous publications on human rights and good governance including The Human Rights of Street Children: A Practical Manual for Advocates, with Keir Starmer QC, Blackstone’s Human Rights Digest and, with Stuart Weir et al, Democracy Under Blair: A Democratic Audit of the UK and Unequal Britain : an ESR Audit of the UK. He has sat on a number of NGO boards during the last decade and is currently a member of the advisory board for the OSI’s Torture in Healthcare campaign. Email Iain at ibyrne@interights.org.