About the Author
Jeffrey Dudgeon was born in Belfast, educated locally and at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1981 he was the winning plaintiff at the European Court of Human Rights in a suit against the UK. This resulted in the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Northern Ireland in 1982. A civil servant for many years, he was, from 1995-8, parliamentary adviser to the UK Unionist MP for North Down. For the following two years, he was engaged, full time, in researching this book. Awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours List, for services to the LGBT community, he was, in 2013, one of the two Ulster Unionist Party representatives at the Haass Talks. In 2014, he was elected to Belfast City Council, and chairs its Diversity Working Group. He continues to speak on issues relating to Roger Casement and his global significance, particularly so in the Decade of Centenaries, whose apex is 2016. Much of his recent research has been in relation to Casement's time in Berlin, involving transcription of his German diary and associated documentation, as well as further investigations into his companions and British Intelligence in 1916, and newly emerging aspects of his upbringing.