Transitional Justice Institute: Dealing with the Legacy of the Past

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  • Author : politicalsettlements Category : knowledge-exchange, impact, transitional-justice-institute

    Tags : Gender Peace Processes Policy Event Stormont House Agreement Transitional Justice

This week PSRP consortium member Transitional Justice Institute participated in the launches of two reports at Stormont in Belfast, both of which address the difficulties of dealing with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland. Although the projects are not part of TJI’s work with the PSRP, we draw attention to the reports as a a good example of how to input into difficult political negotiations that appear constrained by the political settlement, but where opportunities for influence may exist.  The projects also relate to our own themes on political settlements and gender, and political settlements and peace processes.  

‘Gender Principles for Dealing with the Legacy of the Past’, was written by the Legacy Gender Integration Group, which includes Dr Catherine O’Rourke of TJI. It introduces ten Principles and case study analysis to contribute to the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement, and calls for better integration of gender into this process. The project is supported by the Reconciliation Fund of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and you can read more about the initiative here.

‘Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Implementing the Stormont House Agreement’ was launched by TJI, Amnesty International Northern Ireland, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), and the Institute of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (Queen’s University Belfast). The report was the result of a conference organised by the organisations in May 2015, which aimed to produce an independent response to the Stormont House Agreement,  in particular to key elements which provide for dealing with the past. It was launched alongside a draft Model Bill for implementation of the Agreement, which can be accessed here.