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Reparations, non-state armed groups, victims' rights (TJ), space and IHL


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Research Interests


Victims' rights

International Criminal Court

Transitional Justice

Research Statement

Luke joined the School of Law, 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. 

Luke's research interests are in the role of reparations in addressing past violations 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 current research is exploring implementation of reparations and the obligations of non-state actors. He was Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies' project.



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



in June 2015 Luke was awarded the QUB Rising Star Teaching Award.


Current Teaching

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

International Humanitarian Law (UG LLB) (Module Coordinator)


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

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-)


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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