At the end of 2013, Global Diligence Partner Alex Batesmith was hired by Queen’s University Belfast as an external expert consultant for their ‘Lawyers, Conflict and Transition’ project.
The project is being run by Professor Kieran McEvoy and Dr Louise Mallinder at Queen’s University, Belfast. The aim is to examine six different transitional / post-conflict jurisdictions around the world (Israel/Palestine, Cambodia, Chile, South Africa and Tunisia) and to report on the role lawyers have played in response to periods of conflict or repression. In particular, the project will be examining questions such as how lawyers respond to periods of political violence, repression or transition; what role they play in social movements, civil society and NGOs; and how do lawyers participate in professional and popular understandings of the rule of law.
Alex has been hired as the Cambodia expert for the project, and has already prepared an extensive briefing paper for his upcoming visit to interview participants with the research team in Phnom Penh in March 2013.
A more detailed outline of the project can be seen at http://www.law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Research/ResearchProjects/LawyersConflictandTransition/ with the case studies, including Cambodia, at http://www.law.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Research/ResearchProjects/LawyersConflictandTransition/CaseStudies/