Promoting Justice /
Protecting Rights

Structure and Staff

About CAJ


CAJ is part of Rights Focus, a partnership with the Human Rights Consortium, the Public Interest Litigation Support Project and Participation and Practice of Rights supported by the Human Rights Fund.

The Human Rights Fund is a consortium of funders established by Atlantic Philanthropies who will match donations by other foundations. It seeks to provide some support to independent human rights groups which take no state funding.

CAJ needs other funding to maintain its work and is grateful to the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Paul D Schurgot Foundation, the trade union UNISON and many individual donors. The organisation has been awarded the Reebok Human Rights Award and the Council of Europe Human Rights Prize (pictured right).

CAJ is structured as a company limited by guarantee (No. NI032591). Membership of the company is open to individuals who support our aims and objectives. The membership elects the Executive who form the Board of Directors. The Executive is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and for its effective governance. Organisations may affiliate to CAJ but do not have a vote.



  • Anna Bryson, Chairperson
  • Rory O’Connell, Treasurer
  • Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Editor of Just News
  • Cathy Bollaert
  • Kieran McEvoy
  • Dáire McGill
  • Ursula O’Hare
  • Louise Mallinder
  • Ciarán Ó Maoláin
  • Anne Smith
  • John Topping

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