Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland: Law, Prosecutions and Truth Recovery

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


This conference was part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on Amnesties, prosecution and public interest in the Northern Ireland transition. Framed by an exploration of the meaning of ‘public interest’, this project explored the inter-relationship between amnesties or amnesty-like measures and historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland. Although people will inevitably make up their own mind about what they consider to be the best way forward on these matters, the purpose of the project was to provide information on the international, historical and legal context to amnesties, prosecution and the public interest in order to ensure that the public debate is as well informed as possible. This conference engaged civil society with key legal and criminal justice actors in examining the current legal approaches in dealing with the past, and what possible approaches could be adopted in the future.
Period21 May 2013
Event typeConference
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom


  • Dealing with the past
  • amnesties
  • prosecution
  • truth recovery