Paul Dalton

Paul Dalton


Paul is a legal expert with many years’ experience in the implementation, administration, monitoring and evaluation of access to justice, civil society, good governance, human rights and rule of law programmes. After studying at the University of Sydney Paul was a lawyer and attorney for the Australian Government before moving to Denmark in the late-1990s, where he was legal advisor at the NGO International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and subsequently at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. He has worked in many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including fragile and transitional states. Between 2013-17 he was Team Leader for the EU-China Access to Justice Programme. Prior to that he was Team Leader for a Danish-funded institutional strengthening programme with the Albanian Ombudsman’s Institution.      

Paul is experienced in applying result-oriented management, theory of change and other M&E tools for guiding and assessing programme implementation.  He has authored or co-authored publications on legal aid, administrative justice, human rights and informal justice systems.

Core Areas

  • Access to Justice, Good governance, Legal Sector and Rule of Law
  • Law enforcement, criminal justice systems, torture prevention
  • National Human Rights and Ombudsman Institutions
  • Accountability and oversight mechanisms
  • Administrative complaints-handling
  • Human rights based approach (HRBA), gender mainstreaming, equal treatment and non-discrimination
  • Civil society, public participation and cooperation between State and non-State actors
  • Informal justice systems (IJS); synergy between informal and formal justice mechanisms
  • Human rights education
  • Organisational development and capacity-building


Expertise and Services

  • Programme formulation, needs assessment, scoping and situational analysis
  • Programme implementation, monitoring, review and evaluation
  • Strategic planning, organisational development, capacity-building and coaching
  • Quality assurance
  • Course/seminar/workshop design, facilitation and evaluation
  • Training on human rights law and practice, HRBA, access to justice, equal treatment and non-discrimination


Country Experience

Asia and the Pacific: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
Europe: Albania, Denmark, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey
Middle East & North Africa: Algeria, Iran, Morocco, Yemen
Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia  
Americas: Guyana


English: Native
Danish: Fluent