Daniel Blackburn, Director
Daniel is a UK-qualified lawyer and has worked at ICTUR since 1999, when he joined the organisation as a researcher. He is also Editor of International Union Rights journal. Daniel's key areas of expertise are trade union rights, labour and human rights law, and the international trade union movement. He has also carried out academic research into the early history of human rights law, the legal abolition of the slave trade, and legal accountability of early business structures. Daniel works with national and international trade unions providing technical, advisory, and research services around human rights, labour relations, and corporate accountability. While continuing to work full time at ICTUR Daniel completed an MA degree in Human Rights at the schools of law, philosophy and politics at Keele University, for which he was awarded a distinction grade and won the Patrick Thornberry Prize for Best Dissertation. In addition to his legal qualifications Daniel has a BA degree in philosophy and literature.
Ciaran is ICTUR's Researcher. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and an LLM in international economic law, justice and development, both with distinction. He has a background as a trade union lay representative in the charity sector. Ciaran previously produced legal analysis and research for leading NGOs, including the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, where he worked on business and human rights issues, and strategies for enforcing corporate accountability. He has published research on human rights, trade and investment law, and acted as a legal consultant advising Greenpeace on the TTIP trade agreement. Ciaran was a key contributor to the new edition of the reference book Trade Unions of the World, and works mainly on ICTUR's ongoing programme of monitoring and responding to trade union rights violations.