Dr Chandra Lekha Sriram is Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of East London, where she is founder and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. She is currently, with Sally Holt, the principal investigator of a project funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy on rule of law and accountability, gender, and land and property rights in Colombia. She recently completed a project as the principal investigator on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research project on The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Democratic Institution-Building (www.tjdi.org), in partnership with Dr. Anja Mihr of the University of Utrecht. Previous projects on rule of law, peacebuilding, accountability, and ex-combatants have been funded by the European Union, the British Academy, the US Institute of Peace, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Nuffield Foundation.
She has written extensively on human rights, transitional and international criminal justice, conflict resolution, conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and has conducted research in Central and South America, the Middle East and North and sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Eastern Europe. She is the author of three monographs: Peace as governance: power-sharing, armed groups, and contemporary peace negotiations (Palgrave 2008); Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: A revolution in accountability (Routledge 2005); and Confronting past human rights violations: Justice versus peace in times of transition (Frank Cass 2004). She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley.
- “Closing impunity gaps: Regional transitional justice processes?” with Amy Ross, Transitional Justice Review vol. 1, issue 1 (2012), pp. 3-3
- “International Law, International Relations Theory, and Post-Atrocity Justice: Towards a Genuine Dialogue,” International Affairs vol. 82, no. 3 (May 2006) pp. 467-78 .
- “Beyond transitional justice: Peace, governance and rule of law,” International Studies Review spring 2017 at https://academic.oup.com/isr/advance-articles.
- “Fighting for justice (and survival): Kenyan civil society accountability strategies and their enemies,” with Thomas Obel-Hansen, International Journal of Transitional Justice (November 2015), pp. 244-260.
- “Spoilers of justice,” Nordic Journal of Human Rights no. 2 (June 2013), pp. 248-262.
- “Making rights real? Minority and gender provisions and power-sharing arrangements,” International Journal of Human Rights vol. 17, no. 2 (2013), pp. 275-288.
Selected consultancy documents
- UK Department for International Development, Preparation of reading pack, webinar and related materials for conflict advisers on mass atrocities,
- Stimson Center and Hague Institute for Global Justice, co-authored expert paper with Anja Mihr on Rule of law, security and transitional justice in fragile and conflict-affected societies,
Selected policy papers
- “Civil society and transitional justice in Kenya,” LSE Security in Transition Paper (October 2015) .
- “Pathways of impact: How transitional justice affects democratic institution-building,” with Valerie Arnould (2014) at http://www.tjdi.org/.
- “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Promoting Justice or Prolonging Conflict?” in Accord 24 (2012) .
- “Transitional justice and peacebuilding on the ground: Victims and excombatants,” policy paper with Jemima García-Godos (2012) .
- “A breakthrough in justice? Accountability for post-election violence in Kenya,” policy paper (Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2010) at http://www.uel.ac.uk/chrc/publications/documents/TheICCandKenyaPolicyPaper2010.pdf.
- “Governance in Conflict Prevention and Recovery: A Guidance Note,” lead author, with Judith Large and Stephen Brown (New York, Oslo, and Geneva: United Nations Development Programme, 2009) .
- “Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding Strategies: Considerations for Policymakers,” policy brief, with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman (Centre on Human Rights in Conflict and University of Lund, 2009).
- “Evaluating and comparing strategies of peacebuilding and transitional justice,” working paper, with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman (Centre on Human Rights in Conflict and University of Lund, 2009) .
- “Peace as governance? Critical challenges to power-sharing peace deals,” policy paper (Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2009).
- “Just peace? Peacebuilding and rule of law in Africa: Lessons for policymakers,” policy paper, with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman (Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, 2009).
- 10 December 2014, BBC World News, television interview on the release of the Brazilian Truth Commission Report .
- 26 February 2013, Global Policy, “Justice in transition: Rule of law, peacebuilding, victims and excombatants,” column and video interview at
- 23 May 2012, Kenyon Institute/British Council in Palestine, “After the Peace, then What?”
Selected comment/blog posts
- “Rwanda takes the initiative to prosecute international crimes itself,” The Conversation, (17 January 2017).
- “Comments” in Transitional justice and judicial activism symposium, Opinio Juris, (10 December 2015) .
- “‘Africa’s Pinochet’ or the beginning of ‘African Solutions’?” (9 February 2013)
- “ICJ and Habre: A possible end to a long road to accountability,” The Jurist (12 March 2012) .
- “Comment: Justice vs peace or restorative vs retributive justice: The cases of Kenya and Sudan,” Peace: Forum for Peacebuilding Ethics (PRIO: July 2010) .
- “ICC hypocrisy over war crimes,” Comment is Free, The Guardian (June 2010).
- “The ICC review conference: the forgotten issues,” The Jurist (June 2010) .
- “State aggression is finally a crime: But how is it punished?” Comment is Free, The Guardian (June 2010) .
- “Looking forward, backward, or just away?” Human Rights and Human Welfare Roundtable (June 2009) .
- “The Prosecutor of the ICC: Too Political, Not Political Enough, or Both?” Human Rights and Human Welfare Roundtable (May 2009),
BOOKS AND EDITED VOLUMES
- War, conflict, and human rights: Theory and Practice, 3d edition co-author with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman (Routledge, 2017).
- Transitional justice in the Middle East and North Africa editor (London and New York: Hurst and Oxford University Presses, 2016).
- Transitional justice and peacebuilding on the ground: Victims and excombatants co-editor with Jemima García-Godos, Johanna Herman, and Olga Martin-Ortega (London: Routledge, 2013).