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Local and National

At local and national levels our research is helping us to:

  • Shape social security discourse in Northern Ireland and Scotland so as to better protect dignity and rights
  • Understand the difficulties litigants in person face when they represent themselves in legal proceedings rather than rely on a lawyer, and what support they need
  • Address the problems of domestic and intimate partner violence through research and outreach
  • Integrate gender principles into legacy discussions around dealing with the conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Capture LGBTQ visions of peace in post-Agreement Northern Ireland
  • Consider the role of masculinities in ending paramilitarism in Northern Ireland
  • Provide evidence-based research to inform debates on human rights protection in Northern Ireland and across these islands
  • Consider the legal, constitutional and human rights implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland.


Internationally our research is helping us to:

  • Assist Latin American countries to search for the remains of the disappeared
  • Assist with accountability efforts in relation to human rights violations in Haiti, Brazil and elsewhere
  • Address how international and national institutions can ensure accountability for UK armed forces in Iraq
  • Develop substantive definitions of reconciliation for post-conflict societies
  • Support UN work on gender and conflict

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Litigants in person

The LIPNI study aims to report on the experience of litigants in person in civil and family cases in the Northern Ireland jurisdiction with particular attention on the human right to a fair trial.