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O'Loan, Baroness Nuala

O'Loan, Baroness Nuala

Member of the UK House of Lords and former Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland

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 has also worked with 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 contained in a document entitled “Outsourcing Abuse” which was presented to the Home Office. From 2000 - November 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, among other things  been: Chairman of the Northern Ireland Consumer Committee for Electricity; a Special Commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality’s Formal Investigation into Racism in Policing in England and Wales, a Member of the Police Authority; Vice-Chair of the Police Authority’s Community Relations Committee; a Member of the Northern Health and Social Services Board; Convenor of the NHS Complaints System for the Northern Health and Social Services Board; a Member of the General Consumer Council, and Convenor of the Transport and Energy Group of that Council; and a Legal Expert Member of the European Commission’s Consumers Consultative Council. For seven years, Baroness Nuala O’Loan was also a custody visitor to police stations.

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

She is the wife of Declan O'Loan MLA and they have 5 sons.


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