Colonel William Nott (Retired)

Colonel Nott was commissioned into the Artillery Corps of the Irish Defence Forces in 1964 and served as an artillery officer in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in 1967/1968.  He was called to the Irish Bar in 1969 and served as a legal officer in Cyprus in 1971, Sinai (UNEF II) in 1973/1974 and  Lebanon (UNIFIL) 1979/1980 and 1981/1982. 

He is a member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), San Remo, Italy and a member of the teaching staff for the international military courses on the law of armed conflict since 1990 as well as being a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute. 

In 1995 he served with UNPROFOR in former Yugoslavia and as Deputy Chief of Mission of the United Nations Military Observers Privlaka (UNMOP).  During 1998 and 1999 he served as a member of the delegation of Ireland at the Diplomatic Conference in Rome which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) and was also a delegate at The Hague for the Diplomatic Conference on the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention 1954 for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict. In 2000 he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (Brussels).

Col Nott retired from the Defence Forces as Director of Legal Service and Director of Military Prosecutions in 2009.