“Their research on trying to find human rights compliant solutions to NI legacy matters including truth recovery and national security considerations, justice, oral history and reconciliation was an invaluable resource for us… It is clear to me that their work has played a key role in anchoring the NI legacy conversations to the relevant international human rights standards.”UN Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice
What impact did it make?
INFLUENCING THE PUBLIC AND POLITICAL NARRATIVES
The research team’s work has directly influenced the recent debates on legacy.
The team’s local and international research on amnesties, truth recovery and the value added of oral history to transitional justice has directly influenced efforts to deal with the past in Northern Ireland since 2014.
Working in partnership with the Belfast based human rights NGO, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), researchers have produced a substantial body of policy-focused research which has directly impacted political negotiations in Northern Ireland, UK draft legislation and the recent deliberations of parliamentary select committees in the UK on legacy in Northern Ireland.
Research has also directly influenced the political and public debate on a statute of limitations for security force veterans who served in Northern Ireland. The impact of the work of the Queen’s research team has been acknowledged by the UK and Irish governments, Northern Ireland political parties, civil society groups (including victims and survivors) and the United Nations.
Key provisions of the government’s Draft Northern Ireland Stormont House Agreement Bill 2018 were directly influenced by the research team’s ‘Model Bill’.
Impact related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
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- SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
Impacting in Countries/Regions
School/InstituteSchool of Law
- Fundamental rights, equality and social justice
- Governance, accountability and international relations
- Peace, identity, conflict and social sustainability