Former PSNI Ombudsman and High Court judge to be visiting university professors

Former North Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan and High Court judge Mr Justice Treacy have been appointed as Visiting Professors at the University of Ulster’s School of Law, it was announced today.

Former North Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan and High Court judge Mr Justice Treacy have been appointed as Visiting Professors at the University of Ulster’s School of Law, it was announced today.

Dr Thomas Murphy, head of the School of Law, said: “We are honoured to have two such distinguished Visiting Professors. Their appointment underlines the school’s historical and developing links with the legal profession and with the public and community sector.”

They will hold their post until 2012.

O'Loan is the Government’s Roving Ambassador and Special Envoy for Conflict resolution to Timor-Leste – better known as East Timor. She is also Special Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission in England and Wales, where she is chairing a formal investigation into human rights.

Before her spell as Ombudsman she taught at the Ulster Polytechnic and University of Ulster from 1974 to 1992 and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the university from 1992 to 1999.

Mr Justice Treacy was appointed as a high Court judge in 2007. As a barrister he practised mainly in human rights, criminal law, judicial review and public inquiries.

Their appointment as Visiting Professors was marked at the university with a symposium on policing and human rights at which both spoke.

Dermot Feenan, co-ordinator of Visiting Professors at the School of Law said: “The eminence of our Visiting Professors and their contribution is key to a strategy of excellence in research and teaching as reflected in the School of Law’s outstanding performance in the recent national Research Assessment Exercise.”

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