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CHRC members have extensive experience of working in conflict zones and societies in transition from violent conflicts, colonialism and authoritarian regimes. They combine specialisms in transitional justice and reconciliation, the rule of law in peacebuilding, Islamic law and human rights, socio-economic rights, minority rights and diversity management.

The CHRC brings together academics, policy-makers, human rights experts and advocates, and civil society actors to engage in constructive dialogue and to forge new partnerships.

The CHRC is known nationally and internationally for its original, collaborative and cross-cutting research projects and publications. Recently completed projects include work on the human rights and the rule of law in West Africa, participation in a EU framework VII funded comparative project in the search for a durable peace in a variety of conflicts, the examination of the role of civil parties in the Extraordinary Chamber of the Courts of Cambodia, an investigation of the role of international criminal law in the courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a project assessing state-building in Palestine.

Advisory Group

The CHRC is advised by an Advisory Board drawn from practitioners and academic experts in conflict and human rights globally. 

John Strawson is the Chair of the Advisory Board, he is the former co-Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. He is a colonial legal historian with contemporary interests in International law, the Middle East and Islamic Law. He has written on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Islamic law in colonial India, Law and September 11 2011, the Iraq war and the Arab Spring. His interests include conflict resolution and the transitional process in the Middle East and the implications of colonial rule for current images of Islamic law.

  • Professor Kamel Abu Jaber, University of Jordan, and former Foreign Minister of Jordan.
  • Dr. Karin Aggestam, Associate Professor, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies, Lund University.
  • Professor Richard A. Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus, Princeton University, and Visiting Professor of Global Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Professor Ravindra Fernando, Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Andres Franco, UNICEF Representative in Peru, and former Ambassador of Colombia to the United Nations.
  • Dr. Mudar Kassis, Director of the Institute of Law, Birzeit University, Palestine.
  • Andrew Mack, Professor, Simon Fraser University, and Director, Liu Centre for Human Security.
  • Dr. Julie Mertus, Associate Professor, American University, and Co-Director, Center for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs.
  • Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Senior Research Associate, London Middle East Institute, School of Oriental and African Studies.
  • Michelle Parlevliet, human rights, conflict transformation and peacebuilding practitioner, currently a guest researcher at the Law Faculty, University of Amsterdam. 
  • Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena, Director, Legal Unit, Law and Society Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • Professor Oliver P. Richmond, School of International Relations, University of St. Andrews, and Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of St. Andrews.
  • Dr. Roshan de Silva-Wijeyeratne, Lecturer, Griffith Law School, Australia
  • Professor George Williams, Anthony Mason Professor and Director, Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • Ruti Teitel, Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
  • Professor Rebecca M.M.Wallace, Director of the Centre on Rural Childhood, University of the Highlands, United Kingdom.


CHRC staff and members teach on LLM degrees on international law, human rights, and international criminal law, such as the following courses: