Dr Rick Lines is Chair of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, which he co-founded in 2009. He is recognised internationally for his leading work in the areas of international drug control law, prisoners’ rights, harm reduction and the death penalty for drug offences, and regularly speaks and publishes on these and other topics. His recent work focuses on the relationship between international drug control law and international human rights law, and on frameworks for treaty interpretation between these two legal regimes.
He is a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Visiting Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group to the United Nations on Injecting Drug Use, and Human Rights Reference Group to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He is also a past member of the Technical Advisory Group to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law and of the Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use.
Rick holds Masters Degrees in both Sociology and International Human Rights Law, and a PhD in Law. He currently serves as Executive Director of Harm Reduction International in London, and has previously held senior posts with non-governmental organisations in both Canada and Ireland. His first book, 'Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law', will be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2016.