IFIT Staff / Visiting Research Fellow

Thomas Obel Hansen

Thomas is a Visiting Research Fellow at IFIT. He is a senior lecturer with Ulster University’s School of Law and is a member of the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI), also located at Ulster University.

Thomas obtained his LLM (2007) and PhD in Law (2010) from Aarhus University Law School in Denmark. Prior to joining the TJI, he worked as an assistant professor with the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya and as an independent consultant on justice issues in the country and the broader region. He was previously a visiting research fellow with the Institute for Security Studies, Nairobi, Kenya and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa.

His research focuses on transitional and international justice, including doctrinal and socio-legal and international relations perspectives on national and international justice processes. He has researched and written about justice topics in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere.

Thomas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He serves as Academic Advisor for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission; the Denmark/Myanmar programme on rule of law and human rights; and OSCE programmes.

Thomas has published widely with international law reviews such as George Washington, Notre Dame and Melbourne and human rights journals such as the International Journal of Human Rights and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. His research findings have been used by The Guardian, BBC, and other media houses and he has contributed blog posts in EJIL:Talk, Just Security, Open Democracy and others. 

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