Bruce is a trustee and Chair of The Listen Charity and a retired barrister (Queen’s Counsel), having been in practice for 30 years. He was Head of Chambers for 8 years. He was also a Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge of the United Kingdom. He has wide experience in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution; and for many years he has been involved in the study and development of international law. He has held the positions of Honorary Secretary General (1986-1993) and Vice Chairman (1993-2015) of the International Law Association, of which he is currently a Patron.
He has also been a trustee of various charities including UNICEF UK where he was involved with campaigns to protect children from exploitation of all kinds, focusing mainly on child soldiers, child labour and sexual exploitation, and with campaigns to help children affected by HIV/AIDS. He spent time at the UNICEF Philippines office, supporting their work and visiting children’s homes and a child prison. He also went to India on a project to protect children from the adverse effects of arsenic in ground water. He advised its Legacy Team and the Board of Trustees on legal matters, and gave support to its Public Affairs team. Upon his retirement from UNICEF UK, Bruce was appointed an Honorary Fellow.