Nuala O'Loan – Keynote Speaker

First Police Ombudsman (1999 to 2007) and noted public figure in Northern Ireland

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Specialist Subjects

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Human Rights
  • Security


  • English


Baroness Nuala O’Loan, Roving Ambassador & Special Envoy for Conflict Resolution for East Timor is an inspirational woman whose message of justice, reconciliation and peace is truly powerful.


Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE is a member of the UK House of Lords. She is Ireland’s Roving Ambassador for Conflict Resolution and Special Envoy to Timor Leste and for UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security.


She was a member of the International Group for Dialogue and Peace in the Basque Country. She chaired a Formal Investigation into Human Rights in England and Wales for the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2009, and conducted a review in 2010, for the UK Home Office, of allegations of abuse against UKBA staff.


From 2000 – 2007 she was the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, responsible for the investigation of all complaints of criminal and non-criminal misconduct against the police, and of other matters involving possible police wrongdoing not the subject matter of complaint.


Baroness Nuala O’Loan is a qualified solicitor and held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Law at the University of Ulster.


She has held office as Chair of the Northern Ireland Consumer Committee for Electricity, and has been a member of the Commission for Racial Equality’s Formal Investigation into Racism in Policing in England and Wales, the Police Authority for Northern Ireland, the Northern Health and Social Services Board, the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, and a Legal Expert Member of the European Commission’s Consumers Consultative Council. For seven years, Baroness O’Loan was also a custody visitor to police stations.


She has produced more than 70 articles and other publications, 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, and from Queen’s University Belfast.

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