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 (, 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
  • “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.

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  •  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).