Online Seminar Series on Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Deepening the Debate

A seminar series exploring the Stormont House Agreement and dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.


The Stormont House Agreement lays out a framework for the development of a range of institutions seeking to address the past in Northern Ireland.

The New Decade, New Approach deal, includes a commitment to legislate within 100 days to implement the Agreement. However, doubts remain if this will transpire.

It is critical that the debate however continues. The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and INCORE, in partnership with Healing

Through Remembering and the John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, will be hosting an online seminar series to debate these important issues.

The need for a trauma informed approach to address the conflict's legacy

Prof Siobhan O'Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences, Ulster University will speak on “The need for a trauma informed approach to address the conflict's legacy”, Monday, 18 May 2020 at 3.00pm. This event has now finished but the video can be viewed below.

Breaking Binary History: Can the Stormont House Agreement facilitate a broader and more representative understanding of the past?

Dr Adrian Grant, Historian and Lecturer in Policy, Ulster University will speak on "Breaking Binary History: Can the Stormont House Agreement facilitate a broader and more representative understanding of the past?", Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 3.00pm. This event has now finished but the video can be viewed below.

Dr Thomas Hansen, Lecturer in Law, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University, "Is the UK heading towards combat impunity?", Friday, 5 June 2020 at 3.00-4.30pm. This event has now ended.

Claire Hackett, Healing Through Remembering & Falls Community Council and Dr Catherine O'Rourke, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights/International Law at Ulster University, will speak on "Dealing with the Past and the SHA: Is a transformative gender approach possible?", Wednesday, 24 June 2020 at 2.00-3.30pm. This event has now ended.

Dr Fanie du Toit, Senior Research Fellow and Former Executive Director, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, South Africa & Technical Advisor (Community Dialogue), In Transformation Initiative, Myanmar, "Reconciliation and Dealing with the Past: A global perspective", Tuesday, 28 July 2020 at 2.00-3.30pm. This event has now ended.

Sara Bradshaw, Program Director for Transitional Justice at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC). Sara supports organizations and activists in using memory and memorialization-based tools to engage communities in coming to terms with the past and building futures based on justice and non-repetition. At ICSC she has worked on projects in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Guinea, Cambodia and other countries and has provided technical support for over 70 community-based transitional justice initiatives. "Memorialization as Truth-Telling: Lessons from the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation", Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at 3.00-4.00pm. This is an online event. RSVP essential to receive the live stream link which will be sent 48 hours before the seminar. Register


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