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Dr Thomas Hansen

Senior Lecturer in Law

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School of Law


Transitional Justice


Room 21D58 Belfast BT15 1ED



Thomas Obel Hansen is a senior lecturer in the School of Law and a member of the Transitional Justice Institute since January 2016. Thomas obtained his LLM (2007) and PhD in Law (2010) from Aarhus University Law School in Denmark. Prior to joining the TJI, he worked with the United States International University in Nairobi and as a consultant on assignments relating to international law, human rights and transitional justice in the country and the broader region.

Thomas’ research at the Transitional Justice Institute focuses on transitional and international justice, including doctrinal as well as socio-legal and international relations perspectives on justice processes. Prior and ongoing research projects examine issues relating to transitional justice theory; the politics and legitimacy of international justice; justifications for punishment of international crimes; the role of civil society in accountability processes; the ICC’s complementarity regime; and various doctrinal studies of international criminal law. He has researched and written about legal topics relating to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Iraq, and Palestine. His most recent research project, funded by British Academy/ Leverhulme, examines accountability processes covering alleged British war crimes in Iraq.

Thomas has published with leading journals such as George Washington International Law Review, International Journal of Human Rights, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, Melbourne Journal of International Law, and Journal of Strategic Studies. He has contributed with interviews, panel debates, or op-eds in The Guardian, BBC, China Radio International, EJIL:Talk, Just Security, Open Democracy, and others. Thomas has advised and consulted for organizations such as UNDP, Open Society Justice Initiative, Danish Institute for Human Rights, and the International Centre for Transitional Justice.

More info on Thomas’ website.