Counting Peace Agreements: The Transitional Justice Peace Agreement Database
3 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2009 Last revised: 4 May 2015
Date Written: November 12, 2009
Since the end of the Cold War, peace agreements have become one of the main ways of addressing protracted social conflict within existing state borders. To facilitate research on peace agreements, a pilot version of the Peace Agreement Database website (www.peaceagreements.ulster.ac.uk) was launched by the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at the University of Ulster in March 2009. The Database lists all available peace agreements signed since 1990, and briefly describes peace agreement provision for a range of features, such as amnesty, judicial reform, new human rights institutions, etc. The database aims to further socio-legal research on peace agreements by facilitating comparative legal analysis of peace agreements (as a form of legal instrument). However, bringing the project to its current phase has raised larger questions about the sustainability, location, and funding of large-scale databases in sociolegal research. The database was conceived and researched by Professor Christine Bell (TJI) and Catherine O’Rourke (TJI), with software and search engine developed and hosted by the INCORE web service, also at the University of Ulster. The research for the database was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and supported by the Transitional Justice Institute Support Programme for University Research funding, provided by Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Department of Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland.
Keywords: Peace Agreement
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