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.
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
This is a project designed to study and examine the effectiveness of advocacy services for victims, survivors and their families.
Research project that looks at dealing with the past.
The Belfast Guidelines on Amnesty and Accountability aim to assist all those seeking to make or evaluate decisions on amnesties and accountability in the midst or in the wake of conflict or repression.
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
This partnership project facilitates the development of relationships between researchers addressing commemoration practices in Northern Ireland and amongst Palestinians.
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.
Professor Cath Collins has been working on different aspects of this theme since 2015, drawing on her ongoing engagement in Latin America.
This project has developed from a partnership between civil society and academia.
Research looking at the role that lawyers play in conflicted societies.
The definition of maternal harms appears opaquely in contemporary academic and policy literatures.
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.
Legal analysis of the “war on terror” has been a growth industry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere since the events of September 11, 2001.
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
One glaring limitation in addressing the experiences of women in situations of armed conflict is the absence of a sustained analysis of the structural limits and capture of the law of occupation.
Brexit has deepened deliberations on Irish unification.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
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.
The Political Settlements Research Programme is a four year research programme, undertaken by a North-South Consortium of five organisations.
Grassroots experience of conflict and transition is the main focus of this community based partnership programme.
The impact of conflict on the lives and rights of women is an issue of growing international importance.
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.
This research project creates a foundation for collaboration between established and early career researchers based in Europe, including Northern Ireland, and African countries to investigate how regional organizations balance the pursuit of justice for serious crimes under international law with the need to achieve peaceful resolution of conflict.
Conflict, Legal Compliance and Democracy: Addressing the Complexities of Humanitarian Law in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and Colombia.
The project’s findings will contribute to the theory and history of international law-making and international legal influence, and will produce policy recommendations for democracies facing armed violence.
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’.
This pump-priming project explores the intersections between economic liberalism, democracy, and transitional 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.
National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights: Theoretical, Doctrinal and Empirical Perspectives
The report, ‘Political Capacity Building: Advancing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland’ was researched and written between March 2013 - September 2014.
The project explores the role of databases in categorising, compiling and interpreting data on transitional justice.
This project examines the perspectives of elite policymakers at devolved level within the UK.
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.
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.