Mark Kelly was educated at the Universities of Dundee (LL.B. (Hons.)), Edinburgh (M.Sc.), and Cambridge (M.Phil.). In 1991, he began work with the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), with which he has carried out numerous visits to places of detention in Council of Europe member States including Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland and Scotland).
Past publications include an article in the Human Rights Law Journal (Vol. 21, No. 8 HRLJ 301-306) on Complementarity of Human Rights Mechanisms within the Council of Europe. Recently-published work includes a chapter (written with P.-H. Imbert) in Man's Inhumanity to Man: Essays on International Law in Honour of Antonio Cassese (International Humanitarian Law Series, Kluwer Law International) and the book "Ten Years of Combating Racism; A Review of the Work of the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance".
Mark Kelly is also a Visiting Lecturer on the European Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (University of Padua at Venice), Council of Europe representative on the Advisory Board of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center Guardianship Project (Budapest), and a member of the Board of Governors of the Integrated Education Fund (Belfast).
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