The Team


Prof Kieran McEvoy

Primary Investigator

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Kieran McEvoy is Professor of Law and Transitional Justice at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. In 2014-15 he will be a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queens. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Fordham University Law School; New York University Law School; Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; the London School of Economics and the School of Law at Berkeley, University of California and was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar at Harvard Law School.

Kieran has led a number of research projects, including Beyond Legalism: Amnesties, Transition and Conflict Transformation – a comparative research project (with L. Mallinder and B. Dickson) funded by the AHRC, which examined the use of amnesties as part of conflict transformation in Argentina, Uruguay, Bosnia, South Africa and Uganda. He is also the principal investigator in the three year ESRC funded project (with L. Mallinder and M. Requa) on lawyers, conflict and transition, which will conduct fieldwork in Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Israel and Palestine.

He has authored, co-authored and co-edited a number of books including Crime, Community and Locale (with J. Morison, R. Geary and D. O’Mahony, Ashgate 2000); Paramilitary Imprisonment in Northern Ireland (Oxford University Press 2001), which was awarded the British Society of Criminology book of the year award in 2002; Criminology, Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice (co-editor with T. Newburn, Palgrave 2003); Judges, Human Rights and Transition (co-editor with J. Morison and G. Anthony, Oxford University Press 2007), Beyond the Wire: Ex-prisoners and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland (with P. Shirlow, Pluto 2008) and Transitional Justice From Below: Grassroots Activism and the Struggle for Change (co-editor with L. McGregor, Hart 2008). He has also had over fifty articles and book chapters published in peer-review journals and edited collections.

Visit Kieran’s Queen’s University Staff Page for further information.



Anna Bryson


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Dr Anna Bryson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, working on two ESRC funded projects - 'Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past' and 'Lawyers, Conflict and Transition'. She is the 2016 winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact Prize (postdoctoral research category). Her research has developed along three closely related lines: modern Irish history, socio-legal studies and conflict transformation. She has considerable experience of conducting interviews for social and historical investigation.


Her most recent publications draw on both interviews with international cause lawyers and civil society actors and her own previous research in Northern Ireland. ‘Victims, Violence and Voice: Transitional Justice, Oral History and Dealing with the Past‘ explores the ethical dimensions of sensitive field research and draws out some of the theoretical and practical intersections between law, history, and the interview. More recently she has explored the intersection of gender politics and transitional justice in 'Women Lawyers and the Struggle for Change in Conflict and Transition'. 



Dr Louise Mallinder


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Louise Mallinder is a Professor of Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. She is also the legacy theme leader in the University’s Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Her research interests relate to the fields of international human rights law, international criminal law, and law and politics in political transitions. Within these areas of research, she has a longstanding and internationally recognised expertise in amnesty laws. Her monograph on this topic, Amnesty, Human Rights and Political Transitions: Bridging the Peace and Justice Divide (Hart Publishing, 2008) was awarded the 2009 Hart SLSA Early Career Award and was jointly awarded the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize.

In recent years, in addition to continuing her amnesty research, she has worked on projects relating to the role of lawyers as transitional actors, dealing with the past in Northern Ireland, and socio-legal research methods related to transitional justice. As part of multiple collaborative research projects, she has carried out fieldwork in a number of transitional contexts including Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Israel, Palestine, Tunisia, Argentina, Uruguay, Uganda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. These projects were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and the Department for International Development.

Louise is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Higher Education Academy. She is also a member of the Institute for Integrated Transitions Law and Peace Practice Group, the Royal Irish Academy's Ethical, Political, Legal, and Philosophical Committee, and the ESRC and AHRC Peer Review Colleges. In addition, she is Chair of the Committee on the Administration of Justice, a human rights non-governmental organisation based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.



Committee on the administration of justice

project partner

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) was established in 1981 and is an independent non-governmental organisation affiliated to the International Federation for Human Rights. CAJ seeks to ensure the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland by ensuring that the government complies with its responsibilities in international human rights law. CAJ takes no position on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and is firmly opposed to the use of violence for political ends. Its membership is drawn from across the community. CAJ works closely with other domestic and international human rights groups and makes regular submissions to a number of United Nations and European bodies established to protect human rights.