Our Research

Browse current research projects at TJI. Our research falls into four main themes - Dealing with the Past, Gender, International Law and International Justice and Social and Economic Rights in Transition.

GCRF Research Hub on Gender, Justice and Security

QUB (Law) and Ulster (TJI) are partners in an LSE-led GCRF Research Hub on Gender, Justice and Security.

Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law

The impact of conflict on the lives and rights of women is an issue of growing international importance.

Advocacy Services Research Project

This is a project designed to study and examine the effectiveness of advocacy services for victims, survivors and their families.

Using Participatory Film Practices to Investigate the November 2018 Lasalin Massacre in Haiti

The film will provide a platform for survivors to express their views to the UN and international audiences and for these to be taken into account in planning responses.

Social citizenship transformed: (de)constructing the 21st century welfare state

This project examines the perspectives of elite policymakers at devolved level within the UK.

Universal credit in Northern Ireland: sharing experiences, suggesting changes

This research is being conducted by Ulster University and University of York, in partnership with Universal Credit claimants in Northern Ireland and stakeholders including Law Centre NI.

Community Constructs: Hidden Barriers and Cartographies of Conflict

The project, funded by the AHRC and running from May 2015 for three years, assesses the impact that the Troubles had on the architecture of Belfast’s residential communities.

Screening Violence: A transnational study of Post-conflict Imaginaries

Screening Violence is an innovative engagement with communities that have experienced prolonged and entrenched violence of different kinds from guerrilla warfare, to state sponsored persecution of particular groups, to mass murder, to sectarian conflict.

The accountability deficits of major western powers: A pilot project on UK military accountability for international crimes in Iraq

The project presents a follow up to Hansen’s previous research on accountability issues in the context of alleged UK war crimes in Iraq.

The Port-au-Prince-Rio Connection: 'Collateral Damage' by UN Troops in Haiti and Brazilian Troops in Rio

The purpose of the Impact and Engagement for Development Project is to expand the impact of the GCRF AHRC funded research on use of deadly force by the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), to engage similarly affected communities in Brazil.

GCRF – Low cost technologies for safe drinking water in developing regions (SAFEWATER)

The SAFEWATER research programme seeks to tackle a global challenge by looking at clean water solutions and the development of smart devices to quickly tell if water is safe to drink.

Economic Liberalism, Democracy, and Transitional Justice

This pump-priming project explores the intersections between economic liberalism, democracy, and transitional justice.

Brexit and Northern Ireland: The constitutional, conflict transformation, human rights and equality consequences

This is a collaborative ESRC-funded research project between the Law Schools of Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University and the region’s leading human rights organisation, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ).

Developing the “Nairobi Principles on Accountability”

The project is based on close collaboration between the principal investigator, Thomas Obel Hansen, and key stakeholders in Kenya, including researchers and civil society activists within the framework of ‘Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice’.

Accountability for British War Crimes in Iraq? Examining the Nexus between International and National Justice Responses

The project has led to a number of academic and other outputs, including paper presentations at international conference and workshop.

Balancing Justice and Peace?

Funded research project

Political Settlements Research Programme: towards open and inclusive settlements

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin & Dr Catherine O'Rourke

Implementing the Stormont House Agreement

Professor Louise Mallinder

Lawyers, Conflict and Transition

Professor Louise Mallinder

Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability

Professor Louise Mallinder & Professor Tom Hadden

Policing and Forensic Issues in the Search for Truth and/or Justice for Forced Disappearance

The exploratory study ‘Policing and Forensic Issues in the Search for Truth and/ or Justice for Forced Disappearances’ investigates how truth, justice and reparations (“transitional justice”) for past crimes.

Political Capacity Building: Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland

Dr Anne Smith, Professor Monica McWilliams & Priyam Yarnell

Role of Databases in Transitional Justice Research

Professor Louise Mallinder & Dr Catherine O'Rourke

Maternal Harms and Conflict

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Gender and the Law of Occupation

Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain

Where Next For a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland?

Dr Anne Smith & Professor Colin Harvey (QUB)

Terrorism and the Courts

Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin & Professor Colm Campbell

Toolkit - Grassroots Transitional Justice Programme

Grassroots experience of conflict and transition is the main focus of this community based partnership programme.

Dealing with the Past

Building Capacity in Northern Ireland Women’s Sector to Utilise International Human Rights and Gender Equality Instruments

This research, evidence-gathering and information-sharing project is designed to build capacity and be a resource to support local women's organisations in Northern Ireland to use international human rights and gender equality instruments to add value to their work. The TJI will use its research and expertise to identify and share timely international developments on a broad swathe of women’s rights issues (health, violence, poverty, peacebuilding, political participation, rural women, etc) with the local women’s sector and to build capacity in using international instruments to hold local policymakers to account.

  Project Funders

Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform (NIWEP)


Gendering Constitutional Debates in Northern Ireland: The Case of Irish Unification

Brexit has deepened deliberations on Irish unification.

  Funding Amount


  Project Funders

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust


LGBTQ Visions of Peace in a Society Emerging from Conflict

During the Northern Irish peace process (1998 -) lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people have been excluded from participating in shaping visions of a peaceful future in both societal and political realms.

  Funding Amount

£78,017 GBP

  Project Funders


Social and Economic Rights in Transition

Transitional Justice: the socio-economic dimension

The research is premised on the view that questions of socio-economic injustice frequently combined with structural inequality are a fundamental feature in the two paradigmatic instances of transitional justice problematic (transitions from conflict and transitions from authoritarian rule) as illustrated in cases like Northern Ireland, South Africa, Nepal or Colombia.