We are deeply saddened to hear the news that Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, one of Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s patrons, has passed away.
Professor Rodley was one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the human rights movement and dedicated his career to combating human rights violations. He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and served as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture from 1993 to 2001, and was founding head of the legal office at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.
Professor Rodley published widely in the field of international law and organisation, especially on human rights issues, including the treatment of prisoners and the prevention of torture. He taught human rights and international law at the University of Essex and was Dean of Law from 1992 to 1995.
Professor Rodley was awarded a knighthood in 1998 in recognition of his services to human rights and international law.
As one of our patrons, Professor Rodley generously gave his time, support and immense legal experience to further the work of our charity, and he will be greatly missed.