Dr Luke Moffett

  • Dr Luke Moffett

In the aftermath of mass atrocities how do you go about restoring the harm caused to individuals, communities and society? Dr Luke Moffett's research on reparations attempts to contribute to this debate by examining emerging challenges in law and practice in how states, non-state actors and international organisations remedy past atrocities and prevent their recurrence. So far his work focused on victims' rights at the International Criminal Court, including leading staff and student submission on appropriate reparations in the Katanga, Bemba and Al-Mahdi cases. More locally Dr Moffett has been involved in researching and advancing reparations in Northern Ireland through the pension for seriously injured victims of the Troubles.

 reparations teamFrom October 2017 Dr Moffett will lead a team of investigators on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project 'Reparations, Responsibility and Victimhood in Transitional Societies'. The project will explore how countries strive to redress individuals and communities victimised in past conflicts by both state and non-state armed groups. The project team will conduct fieldwork in Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Northern Ireland, Nepal and Uganda collaborating with local consultants and civil society. Working with the REDRESS Trust, the International Organisation for Migration and the International Centre for Transitional Justice the team will develop guidelines in New York and Geneva on reparations in transitional societies as well as handbooks for donors and non-state armed groups.

Dr Luke Moffett studied law at Queen's University Belfast, completing his LLB in 2007, LLM in 2008 and PhD in 2012. His book 'Justice for Victims before the International Criminal Court' was published by Routledge in 2014 and he co-edited and authored chapters in the 'Research Handbook of Transitional Justice' published by Elgar in June 2017. He has a long involvement working alongside victim groups in Rwanda, DRC, northern Uganda, Northern Ireland and more recently in Cambodia. In 2017 he was awarded the first QUB 'Achieving Ambition' award and the Association of Law Teachers/Routledge Technology and Law Prize.