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Professor Tom Hadden

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BA (Moral Science and Law), University of Cambridge
LLB, University of Cambridge
PhD, Cambridge Institute of Criminology


Tom Hadden was born and educated in Northern Ireland. He spent a year at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles before taking his first degree in Moral Science and Law and a taught postgraduate LLB at Christ's College, Cambridge. In 1965 he was awarded a research fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and in1967 he completed a PhD on the law of criminal and company fraud at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. He spent two years as a lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury before returning to Northern Ireland in 1969 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Queen's University Belfast. In 1974 he changed to a (50%) part-time contract to enable him to focus his academic work on research and writing and to allow time for his non-academic work as founding editor of Fortnight: an Independent Review for Northern Ireland. In 1985 he was promoted to a part-time Professorship in Law. He has held visiting professorships at the University of British Columbia, Magill University, University College Galway, and the University of New South Wales. From 1985-1990 he was a member of the Standing Advisory Commission for Human Rights in Northern Ireland and he is currently a part-time Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. He is currently working as a consultant for the United Nations Working Group on Minorities. His main teaching interests have been in Company Law, Housing Law, Emergency Law and currently Human Rights Law.


Law and Practice Relating to Corporate Groups; Aspects of Housing Law; Relationship Between National Emergency Law, Human Rights Law, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the Law and Practice of Conflict Resolution; Minority Rights including issues of communal separation and integration.

Selected Publications

Company Law and Capitalism (1st edn, 1972) & (2nd edn, 1977) Law in Context Series

Northern Ireland Housing Law (1986, with David Trimble) SLS Legal Publications Belfast

The Control of Corporate Groups (1983) Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Northern Ireland: The Choice (1994, with Kevin Boyle) Penguin Books

The Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland (1996, with Kevin Boyle and Colm Campbell) Stationery Office, Dublin

'The Pendulum Theory of Individual, Communal and Minority Rights', (2000) Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 77.

'Towards a set of regional guidelines or codes of practice on the implementation of the Declaration', United Nations Working Group on Minorities, UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.5/2003/WP.1