SOAS University of London

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram is awarded ESRC Grant on the Impact of Transitional Justice on Democratic Institution-Building

9 November 2012

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram, School of Law, has been awarded a three-year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant that will explore the Impact of Transitional Justice on Democratic Institution-building (TJDI).

The grant will support research into countries that are emerging from authoritarian rule and/or violent conflict. Professor Sriram will work closely with Dr Anja Mihr of the University of Utrecht, who holds a grant for this shared project from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

While some recent studies suggest that certain transitional justice measures positively relate to an improvement in democracy and human rights, other studies suggest that some transitional justice measures do not link to improved records of democracy and human rights at all.

Professor Sriram said: “This research project provides an exciting opportunity to learn how transitional justice measures affect long-term democratisation, which may profoundly affect citizens’ everyday lives.”

The project will examine eight countries: South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Hungary, and Germany all of which have experienced violence and repression and undergone different types of transition.

This project will develop new insights for practitioners and scholars regarding the impact of transitional justice measures specifically on how to build a democratic institution, which will contribute to knowledge and policymaking regarding transitional justice.

The ESRC grant, with a full economic cost of £546,148 (RC contribution £436,918), will support a postdoctoral research associate and administrator, field research and collaborative publications with Dr Mihr, and her colleagues, and policy briefings with colleagues in the UK government, the United Nations, and the European Union.

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