Law and Peace Practice Group / Professor of Sociology and Latin America at St Antony's College, University of Oxford

Leigh Payne

Leigh A. Payne is Professor of Sociology and Latin America at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She is the author of a number of books, book chapters, and articles on transitional justice. Most recently she co-authored the book Revealing New Truths about Spain’s Violent Past (2016). She is also the co-author of Transitional Justice in Balance and the co-editor of Amnesty in the Age of Human Rights Accountability. She has a co-authored article in the August 2015 Human Rights Quarterly on “Overcoming Barriers to Justice in the Age of Human Rights Accountability”. Recently she is focusing on the incorporation of human rights violations by civil actors (corporations) into the transitional justice process. On that topic she has a co-authored article forthcoming in the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences and book chapter in Outstanding Debts to Settle: The Economic Accomplices of the Dictatorship in Argentina. She is also preparing a book manuscript on this topic. Based on her research findings, Payne has been involved in numerous academic-practitioner impact projects around the world. For her academic research and policy impact work, she has received grants from foundations including Open Society, Ford, Oak, Newton, and Zennström. She has also received funding from research councils, including the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), British Academy, and National Science Foundation (US).

Professor Payne received her PhD in Political Science at Yale University.

Working languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese