Alternative Accountabilities for Past Human Rights

Principal Investigator: Leigh Payne

Summary

This collaborative project adds "alternative accountabilities" (i.e., civil trials, lustration and vetting, reparations, and customary justice) to the PI's existing database of trials, truth commissions, and amnesties. Because alternative accountabilities are often adopted to deal with the massive atrocities of civil war and the resulting social divisions, the PIs will examine their impact on peace, in addition to the democracy and human rights outcomes analysed in their previous work. The project provides the first database that will facilitate research on the latest scholarly and policy question: do alternative accountabilities substitute or complement other transitional justice mechanisms in the effort to strengthen human rights protections, democracy, and peace?

Professors Leigh Payne (University of Oxford) and Kathryn Sikkink (University of Minnesota) have been awarded a second collaborative grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) (Grant No. AH/K502856/1) and the National Science Foundation (USA) (Grant No. 1228519) to research Alternative Accountabilities for Past Human Rights Abuses.

The new project will allow the PIs to study the particular roles alternative accountabilities play around the world in advancing or constraining human rights, democracy, and peace outcomes, as well as if they do so in isolation or in combination with trials, truth commissions, and amnesties.

Dr Francesca Lessa (University of Oxford) and Mr Gabriel Pereira (doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford) will be assisting Professor Payne with this project that will run until October 2014; there is also another research team based at the University of Minnesota working under Professor Sikkink.

This project is run in conjunction with the Oxford Latin American Studies Centre.

For more information, please visit the project description in the RCUK's Gateway to Research.

Funding Provider

Alternative Accountabilities for Past Human Rights

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Associate