Scottish human rights lawyer appointed EHRC commissioner

Lorna McGregor

A Scottish human rights lawyer has been announced this week as one of two new commissioners to join the Equality and Human Rights Commission(EHRC).

Lorna McGregor, director of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University, will sit on the EHRC board for the next four years.

Ms McGregor said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the commission. National human rights commissions play a key role in the protection and promotion of human rights in society and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the important work of the EHRC.”

Ms McGregor is one of two new commissioners appointed this week.

Susan Johnson, chief executive at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has also joined the board. They bring the number of Board members to 12.

Baroness Onora O’Neill, Chair of the EHRC, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Lorna McGregor and Susan Johnson as new members of the EHRC’s Board of Commissioners.

“Their wealth of knowledge and experience will strengthen the board and they will play an important part in steering the commission’s ongoing work to make Great Britain a fairer place for all. I look forward to working with them.”

Ms McGregor is a Reader in Law at the University of Essex. She was previously the international legal advisor at REDRESS and a legal advisor to the International Bar Association.

She holds an LLB (Hons) from Edinburgh Law School and an LLM fromHarvard Law School where she was a Kennedy Memorial Trust scholarand Henigson fellow.