Brandon Hamber

Brandon Hamber

Professor and John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University

Areas of expertise

Reparations  /  Transitional Justice  /  Reconciliation  /  Dialogue  /  Mental Health  /  Memorialization  /  Masculinities

Professor Brandon Hamber is the John Hume and Thomas P. O’Neill Chair in Peace at Ulster University based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE). He is a member of the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University. He is also a board member of Healing Through Remembering (Northern Ireland) and Impunity Watch (Netherlands). He is on the Society Advisory Group of the British Council.

Professor Hamber has undertaken consulting and research work and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, Colombia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others.

He has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the psychological implications of political violence, and the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland and abroad.

Professor Hamber has lectured and taught widely, including, on the International Trauma Studies Programme at Colombia University, New York and the Post-War and Reconstruction Unit, University of York; and at the University of Ulster. In 2010-2013 he was a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013) and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014).

Taught Courses

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Truth, Reconciliation and Mental Health

Drawing on extensive personal experience in South Africa, Northern Ireland and elsewhere, as well the latest academic research, this course will examine the centrality of mental health issues in transitional justice, and the social, cultural, and identity issues involved in meeting the needs of victims, as well as addressing issues related to those who perpetrate violence.

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Lessons from Transitional Justice? Toward a New Framing of a Victim-Centered Approach in the Case of Historical Institutional Abuse

April 2020

Brandon Hamber, Patricia Lundy

An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice Volume 15, 2020 - Issue 6

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Cover of the book Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding

Psychosocial Perspectives on Peacebuilding


Brandon Hamber, Gallagher Elizabeth (Eds.)


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There Is a Crack in Everything: Problematising Masculinities, Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice


Brandon Hamber

Human Rights Review, 17 (1), Springer

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Cover of the book Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health

Transforming Societies after Political Violence: Truth, Reconciliation, and Mental Health


Brandon Hamber


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New Working Paper Examines the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL

5 October 2021

The UN Security Council and Common Article 1: Understanding the Role of Peacekeeping Operations in Ensuring Respect for IHL examines the applicability of article 1 common to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – on the obligation to respect and ensure respect for IHL – to the UN, with a specific focus on peacekeeping operations.

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New Working Paper Discusses the Relevance of Smart Mix Measure in AI Governance and Regulation

1 October 2021

Our new Working Paper discusses how current initiatives on the regulation of artificial intelligence technologies should incorporate the protection and respect for human rights.

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28 October 2021, 15:00-16:00

This online IHL talk aims at shining light on some of the many legal, political and protection-related challenges stemming from the situation in Afghanistan.

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