Nuala O’Loan


House of Lords

United Kingdom

Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE, is a qualified solicitor, a Member of the House of Lords and. Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Chair of the UK Daniel Morgan Independent Panel; Member of the UK Independent Review of the Human Rights Act; Member of the International Steering Group for Operation Kenova; Member of Westminster Diocesan Trust and Chair of the Trustee’s Safeguarding Committee; Chair of the Catholic Council for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales She has been a member of Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights, of the House of Lords European Union Justice and Institutions Committee, of the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee and of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and serves on the European Affairs Sub-Committee on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland.

She was the first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; Ireland’s Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste and for UNSCR 1325; worked with the International Group for Dialogue and Peace in the Basque Country; chaired a Formal Investigation into Human Rights in England and Wales for the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission; conducted a review for the UK Home Office of allegations of abuse contained in a document entitled “Outsourcing Abuse”; was a Special Commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality’s Formal Investigation into Racism in Policing in England and Wale; was part of the Independent Panel monitoring certain PSNI investigations of UVF murders in Northern Ireland from 2010, having been appointed by the PSNI and members of the families of those murdered by the UVF. She was a Member of the Northern Ireland Police Authority and Vice-Chair of the Police Authority’s Community Relations Committee. She has chaired and served on many other organisations.

She has acted in an advisory capacity to government agencies responsible for policing and police accountability across the world. She has received honorary degrees of LL.D from the University of Ulster, the New University of Ireland Maynooth, the Higher Education and Technical Awards Council, Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Open University.

She has received awards including an award for her outstanding contribution to police accountability from the US organisation NACOLE and an Irish People of the Year Award. She is a Member of the Club de Madrid NETPLUSS;

Baroness O’Loan has produced many articles and other publications on policing and security, human rights, faith and other issues.


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