Bruce is the Commission’s legal officer with responsibility for managing the use of legal powers. He is originally from Wellington, New Zealand, and has degrees in Law and History from Te Whare Wananga o Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui / Victoria University of Wellington. He has Diplomas in the International Protection of Human Rights from Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and in Human Rights Litigation from the Central European University, Hungary.
He is a member of Scotland’s Children’s Panel, a tribunal that deals with children who have committed offences or who are in need of care and protection. He is also the Chair of the Board of the Trustees of the Scottish Child Law Centre, a charity which provides legal advice and training on Scots law and children's rights.
Bruce practised as a barrister and solicitor in Wellington before moving to Scotland in 2002, qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004, and in Scotland in 2006. He worked for the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People before joining SHRC as a founding member of staff in October 2008.
He was an independent expert on Fundamental Rights for the European Commission’s peer review missions to Turkey and Ukraine in 2011, Macedonia in 2012, and Montenegro and Serbia in 2013.
Bruce was the Coordinator of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions (now the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)) from May 2011 until the establishment of the Permanent Secretariat in February 2013.
From March to November 2013 he was seconded to be the Geneva Representative for the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) based in the United Nations Office at Geneva.
He has been a contributing author to a number of books, including most recently National Human Rights Institutions in Europe: Comparative, European and International Perspectives.
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