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Nuala Mole is a human rights lawyer and advocate who has led two pro bono legal advice and advocacy organisations: Interrights and the AIRE Centre, which she founded.
Initially specialising in immigration and asylum, her work now includes all aspects of international human rights law. Nuala was chosen by the Council of Europe to represent human rights NGOs at the 50th anniversary of the European Convention and was Law Society Human Rights Lawyer of the Year (2001).
Nuala was part of the legal team in over 70 cases before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Since 2001 she has assisted in curriculum development and implementation for judicial training centres.
Nuala is the founder and Director of the AIRE Centre. She has worked for more than 25 years in the field of human rights. She has written extensively on all aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights and on the free movement of persons under European Union law, with special attention to the interface between the two legal orders. She is on the Board of the European Human Rights Law Review and co-edits the Centre's monthly Bulletin of ECHR caselaw.
She has received the 2005 Prix de l'Ancien — this Alumnus of the Year Prize is awarded each year to a former student of the College of Europe who has made a significant contribution to the "promotion of the European ideal, the promotion of excellence, generosity, tolerance and respect for diversity, friendship and solidarity and open-mindedness".
Nuala has conducted training for the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the AIRE Centre for judges, public officials, lawyers and NGOs in 40 of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe on a wide range of topics including immigration, prisoners' rights, children's rights and family law. Since 2001, she has been assisting in curriculum development and implementation for judicial training centres in South East Europe. She works with national and international judges and public officials throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, but particularly in the Balkans, promoting familiarity and awareness with human rights standards and providing assistance in applying them in practice.
Before setting up the AIRE Centre she was the Director of the NGO Interights for a number of years. Nuala read law at St Anne's College, Oxford and European law at the College of Europe (1967–1968, Comenius promotion). She speaks English, French, Spanish and Greek.
She is a member of the Board of Advisors for Freedom Now, a U.S.-based non-profit, non-governmental, and non-partisan organization that works to free individual prisoners of conscience through focused legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts.
She was awarded the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the Human Rights Awards 2001 "for her dedicated leadership of the AIRE Centre, for her outstanding work in the groundbreaking case of TP and KM v United Kingdom, and for her commitment to the development and delivery of judicial training in the Balkans"