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Past research projects

This page lists some selected research projects completed by the Institute since 2009. This is intended as an indicative overview of our project-based work; much other research takes place in the context of our research groups and Forums, and in cooperation with partner organisations. Many projects result in publications either by the project funder or the Institute itself.

Should you require further information on any of the projects below, or have any research queries, please contact us.


International Disaster Relief Preparedness: An Evaluation of the Capacity to Handle Relief

The Institute was asked by the British Red Cross to participate in a study concerning the implementation of disaster response laws, rules and principles in several countries throughout Europe. The project was conducted by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (the International Federation) and was funded by the Civil Protection Financial Instrument of the European Commission. Copies of the UK report, EU report and synthesis report are available to download.

ATLAS - Armed Conflicts, Peacekeeping, Transitional Justice: Law as Solution

The ATLAS project reviewed the activity of the EU in promoting human rights and international humanitarian law both during and after armed conflicts, mainly through its peace-keeping operations, and offered recommendations for improvements and best practice in these activities.


Criminal Law and the Rights of the Child in Iran

Through analysis of legislative and judicial actions in a selection of Muslim and non-Muslim States in relation to the rights of the child in criminal matters, this study aimed to identify possible harmonization between the obligations of international human rights law (e.g. the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child) and the criminal justice systems within each State, particularly Islamic law (Sharia).

A copy of the project book is available from our Publications section.


Evidence before International Courts and Tribunals

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law undertook a major study in the law of evidence before international courts and tribunals. In 2000 the Institute obtained funding from the Leverhulme Trust to conduct a pilot study on evidence before international courts and Tribunals, to explore the usefulness and manageability of the topic and provide an insight into a future major study. This was completed in 2002 and indicated the need for further examination of evidentiary questions in international adjudication.

Following the award of a grant from the Department of Constitutional Affairs, the evidence project became a major endeavour in the Public International Law department led by a dedicated research team in the Institute (Anna Riddell, Project Director, and Brendan Plant, Research Fellow). International judges and practitioners also provided important contributions. The project resulted in the publication of Evidence Before the International Court of Justice by Anna Riddell and Brendan Plant in February 2009 (available in our Publications section).

Mediation and Other Forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Study of Selected National Systems

This project, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, responded to the growing interest in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) among the judiciary and legal profession within the United Kingdom over the last decade. The project identified the approaches to ADR that have been adopted in legal systems other than the United Kingdom via a comparative study of ten other countries. Once the most relevant comparative models of ADR were identified, the research examined the characteristics of such models, such as the preconditions for their application, the compulsory or voluntary nature of such measures, the legal framework, and the nature of the personnel conducting the resolution process. The research assessed any legal and other obstacles that may restrict recourse to ADR mechanisms. Other specific legal issues, including the confidentiality of ADR proceedings, the applicability of limitation periods and the enforceability of orders were also analysed where relevant. Please contact Kristin Hausler for further details of this project.