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Name  Nigel Rodley
Education  University of Leeds
Role  International lawyer

Books  The treatment of prisoners under international law

Sir Nigel Simon Rodley (born 1 December 1941) is an international lawyer and professor.


Current positions

Rodley is:

  • a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, a body of 18 human rights experts that monitors UN member states' compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and
  • a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists,
  • a founding member and former Executive Committee Vice-Chairman of INTERIGHTS: International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights.
  • a member of the Executive Committee of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies.
  • a trustee of Freedom from Torture.
  • a member of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, (IIGEP), a group of experts invited by the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa to observe the workings of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into serious Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka.
  • Education

    Rodley has degrees from:

  • LLD - Dalhousie University, 2000 (honorary)
  • PhD - University of Essex, 1992
  • LLM - New York University, 1970
  • LLM - Columbia University, 1965
  • LLB - University of Leeds, 1963
  • Academic posts

    He is currently:

  • Professor of Law and Chair of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, having taught there since 1990.
  • He has formerly taught at:

  • Dalhousie University,
  • the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (New York), and
  • the London School of Economics.
  • Former positions

    He was formerly:

  • UN Special Rapporteur on torture, serving in this capacity from 1993 to 2001,
  • working at UN Headquarters in New York,
  • for Amnesty International, Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal and Intergovernmental Organisations Office (1973–1990),
  • Publications

    Published works include:

  • (with Matt Pollard) The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law (3rd edition, 2009);
  • (with Matt Pollard) "Criminalisation of Torture: State Obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment" 2006[2] European Human Rights Law Review 115 (2006);
  • The UN Human Rights Machinery and International Criminal Law, in Lattimer and Sands (eds.), Justice for Crimes against Humanity (2003, Hart Publishing);
  • "The Definition(s) of Torture in International Law" in Current Legal Problems. p467 (2002)
  • The Treatment of Prisoners under International Law (1st edition 1987, 2nd edition 1999);
  • Impunity of Human Rights (1998);
  • (co-ed with Y Danieli and L Weisaeth) International Responses to Traumatic Stress (1995);
  • (ed) To Loose the Bands of Wickedness - International Intervention in Defence of Human Rights (1992);
  • (with J I Domniguez, B Wood and R A Falk) Enhancing Global Human Rights (1979);
  • (co-ed with C N Ronning) International Law in the Western Hemisphere (1974);
  • In 2010, Routledge published The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, edited by his colleagues Geoff Gilbert, Francoise Hampson, and Clara Sandoval.


  • Recipient of the American Society of International Law's 2005 Goler T. Butcher Medal [1] for distinguished work in human rights.
  • A knighthood in recognition of his services to human rights and international law (1998).
  • Personal life

    Rodley is of Jewish descent. He speaks, apart from his native English, French, German, and Spanish


  • University of Essex Human Rights Centre - Staff listing
  • Department of Law listing
  • ICJ listing
  • UN HCHR listing
  • References

    Nigel S. Rodley Wikipedia

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