The following Programme Associates are involved in the Peace Process strand of research on the Political Settlements Research Programme

Dr Emmanuel De Groof

Dr Emmanuel De Groof is a scholar in the fields of international law, diplomacy, and development cooperation. His forthcoming book ‘State Renaissance for Peace’ with Cambridge University Press is a treatise on Transitional Governance under International Law. A former Fulbright scholar at NYU Law School and researcher at the European University Institute (EUI), Emmanuel has won various writing and pleading awards. He is a former Law Clerk to Albie Sachs, Policy Advisor at EUI, and Policy Officer at ECDPM. He now works as a diplomat for the Kingdom of Belgium while remaining active in academia as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Maastricht and Visiting Professor at the University of Kigali.

Robert Forster


Mr Robert Forster is a PhD fellow with Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. His current research focuses on urban refugees and refugee governance with particular focus on Tripoli, Lebanon. Research interests include peacebuilding, human rights, forced migration, and governance. Formerly a research associate with the PSRP from 2015-2019, Robert was a core contributor to the PA-X Peace Agreement Database. He was also a researcher on the UN Women project, ‘Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region’, and an Edinburgh team member on the Yemeni Voices project. Robert graduated with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and with first class honours from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2012 and has studied Arabic in Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. See Robert’s publications here.

Dr Sean Molloy

Programme Associate

Dr Sean Molloy is a Lecturer at Northumbria Law School and an affiliate of the Political Settlements Research Programme, University of Edinburgh. He holds a PhD from Edinburgh University and degrees from Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ulster and Liverpool John Moore’s. Sean teaches various public law and criminal law courses, as well as delivering training on police powers to police trainees at Durham Constabulary. He has published in the areas of international human rights law, constitutional law and transitional justice, and authored numerous reports on peace agreements.