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| Beyond Legalism : Amnesties, Transition and Conflict Transformation


Prof Kieran McEvoy
Primary Investigator

Prof Kieran McEvoy PhD is Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Professor of Law and Transitional Justice at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. He previously worked in the NGO sector as Information Officer for NIACRO, a large prisoners’ rights organisation.

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.

He is a long term human rights activist and has served for over fifteen years on the board of CAJ (the Committee on the Administration of Justice), Northern Ireland’s primary human rights NGO, including ten years as either Chairperson or Vice Chairperson.
He has written extensively on the issue of political prisoners, ex-combatants, restorative and transitional justice and human rights. With colleagues, he recently completed a major study on the ex-combatants in Northern Ireland, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Colombia and South Africa.

He is the author, co-author or co-editor of 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 & 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 is currently writing Truth, Transition and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland (Willan, 2009). He is also Series Editor of a new Series on Transitional Justice for the major UK publisher Routledge and is currently engaged in commissioning original and innovative texts in the area.

Prof Brice Dickson

Prof Brice Dickson is Director of the Human Rights Centre and Professor of International and Comparative Law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. He has been a legal academic since 1977 but has mixed activism and public service with his academic interests. He has held two Leverhulme Fellowships (one to work at the Sorbonne for a year), a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship to study in Germany for a year, and a Churchill Fellowship to examine Bills of Rights in the countries of Southern Africa. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Fordham University Law School, the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

Brice helped to set up the Committee on the Administration of Justice, now the leading human rights NGO in Northern Ireland, in 1981, serving on its Executive for many years in the 1980s and 90s and editing its Handbook on Civil Liberties through four editions. From 1999 to 2005 he served as the first Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, a statutory body established in the wake of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. In that capacity he oversaw the Commission’s work on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland, which led to draft Bills being circulated for comment in 2001 and 2004.

His academic interests lie mainly in human rights, comparative law and judicial law-making. Most recently he has been working with his colleagues Prof Kieran McEvoy and Dr Louise Mallinder on a major comparative study of the role played by amnesties in conflict transformation. The work is funded by a large grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. A book based on the study is due for publication in 2011.

Brice is the author of the leading textbook for students of law in Northern Ireland, The Legal System of Northern Ireland (now in its fifth edition, 2005), and has published books on Introduction to French Law (1994), The House of Lords: Its Parliamentary and Judicial Roles (edited with Paul Carmichael, 1999) and Judicial Activism in Common Law Supreme Courts (edited, Oxford University Press, 2007). Later this year his book commemorating the demise of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords will be published by Oxford University Press (The Judicial House of Lords 1987-2009, co-edited with Louis Blom-Cooper and Gavin Drewry) and in 2010 the same press will publish his The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland. He has written a range of journal articles and book chapters, including the chapter on Northern Ireland in the leading book for legal practitioners in the United Kingdom, Human Rights Law and Practice, edited by Lord Lester, Lord Pannick and Javan Herberg (3rd edn, 2009).

Dr Louise Mallinder
Research Fellow

Dr Louise Mallinder PhD completed her doctorate in law in December 2006 and also has degrees in politics and economic and social history and human rights law. She is the author of Amnesty, Human Rights and Political Transition: Bridging the Peace and Justice Divide (Hart Publishing 2008), which was awarded the SLSA Early Career Award in 2009. She has also published articles and book chapters, presented her research at international conferences and workshops, and is on the board of editors for the Journal of Law and Politics.

In addition to her work at Queen’s University, she has worked as a consultant for the German Development Agency and for the Fighting Impunity project led by Prof M. Cherif Bassiouni. Dr Mallinder has also taught on a number of courses at undergraduate and post-graduate level, and has been instructor on an OSCE judicial training programme.


Leonardo Filippini

Leonardo G. Filippini is a Professor of Law at the University of Palermo School of Law, and a Prosecutions Consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). He earned a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires (1998), where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Palermo (2004) and a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School (2006). During 2004-5 he was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Mr Filippini's professional experience combines law clerking appointments at different courts, advocacy work at human rights organisations, and consultancy services to the United Nations Development Programme, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and other organisations. Mr Filippini has taught criminal law and procedure, and international law at the universities of Palermo and Buenos Aires.

Steven Lamony

Stephen Arthur Lamony is the Africa Outreach, Liaison and Situations Advisor for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). He completed his Masters in Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice at the Queen’s University Belfast in December 2008 and also has degrees in law and politics.

In addition to his work at the CICC, Stephen is a reviewer on the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the Minority Rights Working Group’s State of the World’s Minorities reports.

Over a nine-year period, Stephen has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in human rights activism and research. He has worked as a human rights monitor/researcher and programme officer for Human Rights Focus in the Gulu District of northern Uganda whilst the conflict was ongoing. He has also worked for the Ugandan Coalition for the International Criminal Court as its National Coordinator. He founded and co-coordinated the Uganda Victims’ Rights Working Group which has now transformed into the Uganda Victims’ Foundation. He also worked for Image Consult as a researcher.

He has written a few articles on peace and justice, victims’ rights and traditional justice mechanisms in Uganda. He is currently writing articles on complicity under the Rome Statute of the ICC and the rights of indigenous peoples.

Piers Pigou

Piers Pigou has lived and worked in South Africa since 1992 where he worked at the Black Sash advice office in Johannesburg before joining PEACE ACTION in 1993, and the Independent Board of Inquiry in 1994 where he monitored and conducted research and investigations into political violence on the Reef.

In October 1995 Piers joined the Potchefstroom University’s legal aid clinic in the Vaal, where he ran a human rights legal aid project, focusing on the use of torture by the police force. In April 1996 he joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a member of the investigation unit. In 1997, Piers joined the Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE), an applied research NGO based in Johannesburg ( In 2000, Piers began working for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) where he was responsible for the co-ordination of their IDRC-funded Violence in Transition Project (VTP) (

Between January 2003 and December 2004, Piers worked on several projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe and East Timor dealing with transitional justice, reconciliation, human rights and accountability.

During 2005, Piers worked at the Zimbabwe Torture Victims Project based in Johannesburg. The Project provides medical, psychosocial, humanitarian and legal support to primary victims of organized violence and torture from Zimbabwe.

In January 2006. Piers became the director of the South African History Archive (, an activist archive dedicated to archiving past and contemporary struggles for justice in South Africa.

In June 2009, Piers will take on his new position as a Senior Associate for the International Center for Transitional Justice with responsibility for Southern Africa, and Zimbabwe in particular.

Martin Prats

Dr Prats graduated from the Institute of Teachers Artigas, with a specialism history, in 1988. He achieved his Doctorate in Law and Social Science degree from the Faculty of Law, University of the Republic in 1994. Teaching in Secondary Education, School of Law and Faculty of Communication Sciences of the University. Specialising in human rights law, Dr Prats has served as an advisor and consultant in the field in various parliamentary and civil society organisations. He is currently Director of Human Rights CODICEN ANEP and the Executive Director of Instituto de Estudios Legales y Sociales del Uruguay (IELSUR). He has published articles and given lectures on this subject in various national and international forums.