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Having served from 1999 to 2005 as the first Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, a body set up as a result of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement, Brice Dickson was employed in the School of Law at Queen’s University from 2005 to 2017 as a Professor of International and Comparative Law. From 2008 to 2011 he was Director of Research in Human Rights and Director of the School’s Human Rights Centre. He also spent time as a visiting research professor at Fordham University New York, the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

Although he retired from full-time employment at Queen’s in 2017, Brice Dickson has continued to engage in legal research as an Emeritus Professor. In 2020 he was awarded an LLD by the University for his research portfolio on ‘Judicial Activism in the UK and Ireland, with particular reference to Apex Courts and Human Rights’. In the same year he was granted an Emeritus Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for research on international human rights monitoring mechanisms.

Brice Dickson still takes a keen interest in the work of the Human Rights Centre in the School of Law and remains a Research Associate at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s and an Emeritus Fellow of the University’s Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.

Brice Dickson’s recent books include the following:

Brice Dickson’s recent book chapters and journal articles include:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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