The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI)  is delighted to announce its 8th annual Summer School on Transitional Justice on the theme of:   Gendering the Practices of Post-Conflict Resolution: Investigations, Reparations and Communal Repair  The Summer School will be held from 22-26 June 2015 at the Jordanstown campus of the Ulster University, located on the north shore […]


The Master’s The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) is a unique Master’s programme developed by 10 pioneering universities that today counts on the participation of 41 prestigious universities and human rights centres from all member states of the European Union. The programme is an intensive one-year advanced master’s course and an […]


Why equality doesn’t need a conscience

February 9, 2015

Kevin Hearty is a former PhD student at the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University who has recently taken up a position as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Criminal Justice Centre, University of Warwick. He can be contacted at Across the North of Ireland recently  people turned out to protest attempts at attaching a […]

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Opportunity: Campaign and Membership Officer (Career Break) with Human Rights Consortium

February 6, 2015

The Human Rights Consortium has a 6 month vacancy. Details at The Human Rights Consortium is a cross-community coalition of over 190 community groups, NGOs and trade unions working to ensure a human rights compliant Northern Ireland. We have the following six month career break opportunity which we seek to fill as soon as possible. Campaign […]

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Opportunity: Funded PhD positions in Human Rights, Conflict, Criminal Justice, Transitional Justice

January 9, 2015

Queen’s University and Ulster University have recently advertised scholarships for PhD research: QUB:,484157,en.html Ulster:  These opportunities may be of interest to RightsNI readers: Both universities have research centres or institutes devoted to the themes of human rights, transitional justice, criminal justice, conflict transformation. These include: Human Rights Centre INCORE Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice […]

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The Historical Investigations Unit (HIU): why the devil will still be in the detail

January 6, 2015

The Stormont House Agreement published by the NIO here, states that the HIU, the single investigative mechanism provided for in the Haass-O’Sullivan Proposed Agreement, will now be implemented (see CAJ commentary on Haass-O’Sullivan proposals to deal with the past, here). Unlike other aspects of the Agreement no timeframe is set out for the establishment of […]

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The Hooded Men: The Wider Implications of Ireland v UK Revisited

December 15, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW LAW LLP KRW The decision of the Irish government confronted by a legal challenge from The Hooded Men to Apply under Rule 80 of the Rules of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for the inter-state case of Ireland v UK […]

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Could the NI Assembly legislate for the Haass ‘Historic Investigations Unit’?

November 28, 2014

November 2014 has witnessed some interesting statements. At a TJI conference the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, made it abundantly clear that the UK state cannot wash its hands of its Article 2 obligations by delegating them down to the devolved institutions and refusing to fund them.  The Lord Chief Justice, […]

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November 21, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has now handed down judgment in Hugh Jordan’s application to quash the verdict of the Coroner in the inquest into the killings of son Patrick Pearse Jordan on 25 November 1992 by an […]

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Resourcing and Policing the Past in the North of Ireland

November 7, 2014

Rights NI is delighted to welcome this guest post from Christopher Stanley of KRW  LAW LLP   There is now an emphasis in this jurisdiction that public sector finances will be directed toward Policing the Present and not Policing the Past. This was made clear in the financial statement of the Minister of Justice David […]

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