Transitional Justice Institute (TJI)


The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), established in 2003, has rapidly become internationally recognized as a leading centre in developing the field of transitional justice – broadly, the study of law in societies emerging from conflict.  It has placed research emanating from Northern Ireland at the forefront of both local and global academic, legal and policy debates.

The TJI is dedicated to examining how law and legal institutions assist (or not) the move from conflict to peace.  A central assumption of the research agenda of the TJI is that the role of law in situations of transition is different from that in other times.  In contrast to commonly held understandings of the law as underpinning order, stability and community, the role of law in transitional situations is a less understood role of assisting in the transition from a situation of conflict to one of ‘peace’ (perhaps better understood as non-violent conflict).

The aims of the Institute are:

• To build a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of 'transitional justice', and the underlying relationship between justice and peace;
• To examine the role of the international and domestic legal systems and institutions in facilitating transition from conflict;
• To make links between the experience of Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts;
• To inform policy makers involved in peacemaking in local and international institutions; and
• To make visible and critically examine gendered experiences of transition.

Thematic areas: TJI pursues its research agenda through theoretical and empirical work that seeks to transform and develop the theory and practice of transitional justice. The Institute’s research interests are currently structured around the following four broad research themes:

- Dealing with the past
- Gender, conflict and transition
- Northern Ireland: local and global perspectives
- Theory, Method and Evaluation