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Professor Colm Campbell

Professor of Law

Room 21D63, Dalriada House

University of Ulster


Co. Antrim

BT37 0QB

Ph: +44(0)28 9036 6577

Email: c.campbell@ulster.ac.uk


Professor Campbell is one of the founding directors of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (UU), serving as Director/Associate Director between 2004-2010. He is also Professor of Law, in the School of Law at UU. In recent years he has held Senior Research Fellowships from the British Academy and and the Leverhulme Trust. Prior to joining UU (2000), he served as Professor of law and Dean of the Law Faculty at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and as Director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. While at UU Professor Campbell has held a number of visiting university positions, including Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford; visitor at the University of Pisa, teaching on ‘Peace Science’ programmes; and Distinguished Visitor, Centre for Legal Studies, University of Minnesota Faculty of Law.

Professor Campbell held the Civil Liberties Research Trust/Cobden Trust Studentship at QUB, completing his doctorate in 1989. He holds a BCL degree from the National University of Ireland (UCD), and is qualified as a solicitor in Ireland. He combines a strong commitment to research in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law with a keen interest in human rights advocacy, locally and globally. A former chairperson of the Committee on the Administration of Justice (the Northern Ireland affiliate of the ICJ), he also co-authored one of the two human rights reports produced for the Irish Government’s Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, and currently sits on the main project board of the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities.

He has an on-going focus on the Middle Eastern peace process, and has served on several expert groups addressing aspects of the process, including panels organised by the Munck Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto; by the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM); and by the Gaza Centre for Human Rights . Professor Campbell has acted as consultant to the United Nations Inter-regional Criminal Justice Research Institute, Turin (UNICRI); to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and to the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights (NI). He further served as a member of the European Co-ordinating Committee on Human Rights Documentation (a body is organized under the auspices of HURIDOCS and the Council of Europe). Professor Campbell has published widely in the fields of both transitional justice, and of political violence and the law. Highlights include a monography with OUP; several articles in Modern Law Review; and articles in ICLQ, JLS, Crim LRev, and LS. This work has received significant international recognition, including being highlighted by academic research centres as far afield as India and Italy.

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