Member, Expert Advisory Group

Monica McWilliams

Monica McWilliams was a signatory of the 1998 Good Friday Peace Agreement and served as a member of the first Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly.  She was the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, responsible for delivering the advice on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. She serves on the Independent Reporting Commission on the disbandment of paramilitary organizations and was the oversight commissioner for prison reform in Northern Ireland. She cofounded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party, acting as its lead negotiator at the Multi-Party Peace Talks. She is Emeritus Professor in Transitional Justice at Ulster University, a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  A memoir ‘Stand Up, Speak out’ will be published next spring. Monica has worked in a range of war torn societies and published the first longitudinal study on domestic violence during political conflict. She is the Chairperson of InterPeace and joint recipient of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.