International Law and Courts
In this first stream, we study public opinion on human rights, specifically how well human rights as an idea competes with national interests. We also evaluate the extent to which international development banks' accountability mechanisms provide relief and redress to communities harmed by development projects.
In this second stream, we explore transitional justice—a set of tools countries can adopt to deal with widespread and systematic human rights violations and their legacies. We focus on truth commissions, which aim to advance accountability and reconciliation through truth-telling exercises and comprehensive reports on political violence.
In this third stream, we investigate how governments respond to demanding obligations in treaty law. We also consider how publics view international courts and query whether and to what extent international courts can improve perceptions of their legitimacy.