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36th Annual Nash Memorial Lecture

Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland

Kieran McEvoy, PhD
Professor of Law and Transitional Justice
Queen's University, Belfast

Using the Northern Ireland experience as a case-study, the lecture will focus on some of the most formidable challenges faced by societies emerging from conflict. Themes addressed will include the role of truth recovery; the closely linked theme of amnesties and immunities in return for such truth recovery; the potential and limitations of prosecuting people for past-related offences; the role of ex-combatants and ex-prisoners; the experience of victimhood and the particular difficulties associated with hierarchies of 'deserving' and 'undeserving' victims; and finally the meaning and potential for real reconciliation and the role of apology and acknowledgement in such contexts.

Dr. Kieran McEvoy has a long history of involvement in human rights and conflict transformation activism, and, in 2008, was named by Arena Magazine as one of UK's top ten 'young intellectuals' for his work on the Northern Ireland peace process. A professor of law and transitional justice at Queen's University in Belfast, Dr. McEvoy's areas of research include transitional justice, restorative justice, truth recovery, amnesties, conflict resolution, ex-combatants, victims, and human rights.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:00 p.m.

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