Iain Byrne is a founding member of the IJRC Board of Directors. He is the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Policy Coordinator at Amnesty International. Previously, he was acting Legal Practice Director and Senior Lawyer with lead responsibility for leading litigation work on economic and social rights at INTERIGHTS, the international centre for the legal protection of human rights, based in London. Iain joined the IJRC Board of Directors as a founding member in 2011.
Since 2000 he has been a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex from where he graduated with MA (distinction) in 1994 after obtaining a LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Manchester. From 2001 until 2008 he led INTERIGHTS’ work in the Commonwealth, including editorship of the Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest. He has litigated widely in domestic fora across the Commonwealth and beyond and before the European Committee of Social Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee.
He has lectured widely in the UK and abroad and conducted training courses for amongst others the United Nations, Amnesty International and the British Council in Europe, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific. In April 2007 he was Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre, UN University of Peace, Costa Rica. He has authored numerous articles, papers and books on human rights and democracy issues including Unequal Britain : an Economic and Social Rights Audit of the UK with Stuart Weir et al.