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PSRP launches new database of amnesties by Professor Louise Mallinder of QUB

Thu 3 September 2020

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The Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) has launched a new database of information around amnesties granted during conflicts. The Amnesties, Conflict and Peace Agreement (ACPA) dataset was compiled by Professor Louise Mallinder from the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, with the technology for the database provided by PSRP.

The project has been funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the dataset covers information on 289 amnesties across the world from 1990 to 2016. The resource explores a number of themes, including the context in which the amnesty was introduced; the categories of persons who benefitted or were excluded from the amnesty; the effect of the amnesty on criminal justice, civil remedies and administrative accountability processes; and how the amnesty was implemented.

In a statement, Professor Christine Bell of the Edinburgh Law School, Director of PSRP, said: “The question of amnesty is often one of the big stumbling blocks to a peace agreement. By making amnesty processes fully searchable, and providing strong analysis on how to craft amnesties through Professor Mallinder’s report, we hope that actors in conflict will be better able to find creative solutions for moving the peace process forward, that avoid impunity.”

Find out more about ACPA on the Peace Agreements website, and read a blog by Professor Louise Mallinder on the PSRP website.