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Reparations, non-state armed groups, victims' rights (TJ), human rights during armed conflict and IHL


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Research Interests


International Humanitarian Law

Human Rights in Armed Conflict

Victims' Rights

Transitional Justice

Research Statement

Professor Luke Moffett is an expert on reparations, human rights law, international humanitarian law and transitional justice. His research interests are in the role of reparations in addressing past violations, the role of law in adjudicating on armed conflict and the construction of victims' rights in domestic and international processes. His PhD examined the role of victims within the International Criminal Court and their ability to participate and claim reparations. His book 'Justice for Victims before the International Criminal Court' is published by Routledge (2014). His latest monograph with OUP 'Reparations and War' consolidates his work on reparations and armed conflict over the past decade. He is also co-editor of the Elgar Research Handbook on Transitional Justice with Dr Cheryl Lawther, the second edition was published in August 2023.

Luke joined the School of Law at Queen's University Belfast as a lecturer in September 2013. He had previously worked as a research fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Amnesties, Prosecution and the Public Interest in the Northern Ireland Transition' led by Professor Kieran McEvoy. He was the Principal Investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council 'Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies' project and has been co-investigator on a number of other research projects.

Luke sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Journal of Human Rights. He is a member of the AHRC peer review college.



Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015-

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching (QUB) 2015

PhD in Law (QUB) 2012

LLM in Human Rights Law (QUB) 2008

LLB (Hons.) Law (QUB) 2007



Luke has been awarded a number of prizes including the QUB Student Union Education Award for Most Innovative Learning Experience 2018, 2017 QUB Achieving Ambition Research award, Association of Law Teachers/Routledge Law and Technology Prize 2017, the 2015 QUB Rising Star Teaching Award.


Current Teaching

International Criminal and Transitional Justice (UG LLB) (Module Coordinator)

International Humanitarian Law (UG LLB) (Module Coordinator)

International Human Rights Law (LLM)


Past Teaching

Transitional Justice (PG LLM) (Module Coordinator)

Public International Law (UG LLB) 

Human Rights in Practice (PG LLM)

Human Rights Law (PG LLM)

Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Conflict (PG LLM) (Module Coordinator)

Contract Law (UG LLB and PG JD) (Module Coordinator)

Introduction to the Law of Torts (UG LLB)

Researching Human Rights (PG LLM) (Module Coordinator)

Criminal Law (UG LLB) 

Evidence (UG LLB)



Administrative roles

Core Research Disciplinary Group Coordinator (2021-)

Transitional Justice thematic lead (2020-2023)

Advisor of Studies for undergraduate LLB students (2014-2016)

Law School Ethics Committee Chair (2015-2018)

JD Coordinator (2021)

Human Rights Centre Director (2015-2020)

Personal Tutor (2014-)


Social Media

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • KZ Law of Nations
  • reparations
  • international humanitarian law
  • human rights


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