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Professor Tom Hadden

Visiting Scholar

Research Institute
Transitional Justice Institute
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Tom Hadden graduated in philosophy and law at the University of Cambridge and wrote his doctorate on criminal company fraud at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology. He was a lecturer in law from 1967 to1969 in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Kent at Canterbury where he laid the foundation for his first major book Company Law and Capitalism. He returned to his native Northern Ireland in 1969 as the 'troubles' erupted and worked there on emergency law and human rights as a part-time lecturer and professor at the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast, while at the same time founding and editing a political magazine, Fortnight: an Independent Review for Northern Ireland. He served on the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights in the 1980s and was a Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 1999 to 2005.

From 2008 to 2013 he was a Part-time Professor at the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster and worked with Louise Mallinder and other members of the drafting team in the production and promulgation of The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability (2013).[He has retained his association with the TJI as a Visiting Scholar.]

He is currently Emeritus Professor at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast and Honorary Professor at the Kent Law School. His most recent published works have been: 'Battling for Human Rights?', 17 International Peacekeeping 309, 2010; 'War and Peace in Northern Ireland: reflections on the contribution of academic and human rights communities', in Gilbert et al. (eds), Strategic Visions for Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Kevin Boyle, Routledge 2010; 'Accountable Governance in Corporate Groups: the Interrelationship of Law and Accounting', 61 Australian Accounting Review 117, 2012; 'Policing for Shared Societies', in Mari Fitzduff (ed.), Public Policies for Shared Societies, Palgrave Macmillan 2013, 74-95. He has also worked on the production of several collectively authored research reports: A Responsibility to Assist: Human Rights Policy and Practice in European Union Conflict Management Operations (Hart 2009); The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability (Transitional Justice Institute 2013), and Fighting Corporate Abuse: Beyond Predatory Capitalism (Pluto 2014). He is currently working on what he calls the General Pendulum Theory of Human Rights, a possible new Protocol to the Geneva Conventions on internationalised internal conflicts and a proposed research project on the Integration of Settled and New Immigrant Communities in the United Kingdom.

Research publications

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