Dr Michael Hamilton
Senior Lecturer, TJI
(currently on career break)
Michael was Co-Director of TJI from 2008-2009 and is currently on a career break. He graduated with an LLB from the University of Kent in 1997. He holds an MA in Irish Studies from the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University Belfast (1998) and a PhD from the School of Law, University of Ulster (2003). His research has focused on the legal regulation of public protest, and particularly on parade disputes in Northern Ireland. In 2005, he was an expert adviser on freedom of assembly to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) providing advice to the Armenian Government on proposed amendments to its ‘Law on Assemblies and Demonstrations.’ He has twice presented evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee in its reviews of the work of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, and has delivered training to monitors for the Parades Commission and to stewards involved in the Trade Justice movement. He was appointed to the Transitional Justice Institute (initially as a Teaching Fellow) in September 2003, was module co-ordinator for ‘Human Rights and Equality Law’ (2004-05). He is currently a lecturer in the TJI and is co-ordinator for the LLM ‘Dissertation’ module (2005-06).
Michael’s research interests include public order, freedom of assembly, and policing, looking particularly at the legal regulation of public protest; human rights and conflict resolution; identity politics and the struggle for recognition. In 2005, he was involved with Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University on a project examining institutional design, identity based conflict and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is presently working on a project examining principles of free speech (‘fighting words’, ‘incitement to hatred’ etc) as they relate to periods of transition and the dramatization of allegiances to ex-combatant organisations. He is also working with the OSCE/ODIHR on a project aimed at drafting guidelines for legislators on freedom of assembly issues (drawing on experiences of rallies and demonstrations in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, and North America).