Baroness Nuala O’Loan of Kirkinriola in the County of Antrim DBE – Panel Chairman
Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE, Chairman of the Daniel Morgan Independent Inquiry, is a member of the UK House of Lords, sitting on the Joint Committee for Human Rights, the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee and the EU sub-committee on Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection. She is also a member of the BMA Ethics Committee. She is the Chair of the Governing Authority of Maynooth University. She is part of the Independent Panel monitoring Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigations of UVF murders.
The Baroness was the first Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, responsible for investigating the police and was Ireland’s Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste, and for UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security.
A qualified Solicitor, Baroness O’Loan held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Ulster. She is working with the International Contact Group Basque in Spain and is a member of Club de Madrid NETPLUSS. She chaired a Formal Investigation into Human Rights in England and Wales for the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2009 and in 2010 conducted a Review for the UK Home Office of allegations of abuse of people being detained and deported contained in a document entitled “Outsourcing Abuse” report. She has served on a number of public bodies over some twenty years in areas as diverse as the European Union, Health, Transport, Policing, Human Rights and Energy.
Baroness O’Loan has produced more than 100 articles and other publications on law, policing, faith and other issues. In the course of her work she has spoken widely at conferences and acted in an advisory capacity to government agencies responsible for policing and police accountability in India, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Malaysia, USA, Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Romania,The Republic of Ireland, Portugal and throughout the United Kingdom.
She has received honorary degrees of LL.D from the University of Ulster, the University of Ireland Maynooth, the Higher Education and Technical Awards Council, Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and the Open University. She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.