Our current projects fall into four main themes:
- Dealing with the Past
- International Law and International Justice
- Social and Economic Rights in Transition
Dealing with the Past
Politically transitional societies are not havens of new peace, but arenas of transformed conflict; violence has greatly declined but cultural brushfire wars combust and groups create identity and memory in new spheres.
Ulster University Research Challenge Fund
Professor Cath Collins has been working on different aspects of this theme since 2015, drawing on her ongoing engagement in Latin America.
Colombia is in the middle of peace negotiations. It is far from being a fully fledged cease-fire, and is rather a tentative and gradualist process that may or may not be leading to a solution to the protracted violent conflict.
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.
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 project investigates the international standardisation of Transitional Justice politically and legally by analysing and comparing it across 4 cases.
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.
Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform (NIWEP)
The absence of a gendered lens and the sustained exclusion of women from dealing with the past.
The impact of conflict on the lives and rights of women is an issue of growing international importance.
Brexit has deepened deliberations on Irish unification.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
Critical epistemologies Across Borders: Gendering visions of constitutional futures on the island of Ireland (CEAB)
CEAB includes women with a range of cross-cutting identities in discussions about a shared island.
International Law and International 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.
Viewed collectively the Rules of Engagement (ROE) of current UN missions suggest that the UN may be developing its own sui generis rules governing intentional use of deadly force.
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’.
Prof Wills and co-investigator Prof McLaughlin (QUB) will research and make a documentary film on the legacy impact of the use of lethal force by UN peacekeepers in Cité Soleil in the period 2005-2007.
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.
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 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 and Economic Rights in Transition
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).
This project analyses the European Court of Human Rights’ understanding of democracy, taking a detailed look at the jurisprudence and placing it in a theoretical context.
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.
This project examines the perspectives of elite policymakers at devolved level within the UK.
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.
The overall goal of the project is to progress the enforcement and implementation of a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights.
The project will review existing primary and secondary documentation on EU funding in NI.