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Anna Bryson


Anna Bryson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at QUB and a Fellow at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. 

Her research has developed along three closely related lines: modern Irish history, socio-legal studies and conflict transformation. Since completing her PhD at Trinity College Dublin, Anna has been involved in a series of EU and RCUK funded research projects exploring various aspects of the history and legacy of conflict including 'Apologies, Abuses and Dealing with the Past' (ESRC), 'Lawyers, Conflict and Transition' (ESRC) and Enhancing Democratic Habits: An Oral History of the Law Centres Movement (AHRC – in collaboration with the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and the British Library). 

She is the NI representative for the Oral History Society and a member of the AHRC peer review college. In 2020 Anna was elected as Chair of the independent human rights organisation, the Committee on the Administration of Justice. She has published four books to date and dozens of peer-reviewed articles and specialist reports. 

Since 2014 Anna has been working together with colleagues from QUB and the Committee on the Administration of Justice to inform key debates on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. Outputs from the collaboration have included authoring over 30 policy documents and blogs, providing evidence to parliamentary committees, drafting ‘model legislation’, writing responses to government consultations and providing free technical legal and policy advice to stakeholders in NI as well the British and Irish governments and international actors including the Council of Europe, US Congress and the UN (

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