Bruce Adamson

Bruce Adamson

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

Adamson was from Palmerston North, New Zealand. He attended Palmerston North Boys' High School. He studied at the Victoria University of Wellington where he did a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in History) and a Bachelor of Laws at Victoria.

Adamson practiced in the family and criminal courts in New Zealand before moving to Scotland in 2002.

Adamson was part of the team when the Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People was set up in 2005.

He was a legal officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

He worked as a member of Children's Panels.

In 2013 he was seconded to a position in Geneva, represent the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions. In this position he was representing institutions from over 100 countries, working to improve human rights across the world.

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (since 2017) - promoting and safeguarding the rights of children.

Solicitor who has qualified in three jurisdictions (New Zealand, England and Wales, Scotland) with extensive international experience in the promotion and protection of human rights. Formerly: Human Rights representative at the United Nations; legal officer at the Scottish Human Rights Commission; Independent Expert on Fundamental Rights for the European Commission TAIEX Programme (Turkey, Ukraine, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo...), and a number of projects for international and regional human rights organisations. Former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Scottish Child Law Centre; Member of Scotland's Children's Panel; Coordinator of the European Group of National Human Rights Institutions.

Specialties: Human Rights, Children's Rights, National Human Rights Institutions, Constitutional law.