People in the Transitional Justice Network

Han Dorussen


BA, MA Nijmegen, PhD Texas at Austin
Division Director International Relations
Han Dorussen

  • Room: 5B.312
  • Telephone (external): (+44) 01206 872510
  • Telephone (internal): 2510
  • Fax: (+44) 01206 873234
  • e-mail: hdorus [at]
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Professor Han Dorussen received his MA in political science from the University of Nijmegen and his Ph.D. in government for the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a lecturer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Between 2008 and 2011, he was Head of Department of Government at the University of Essex. He is associate editor for the Journal of Peace Research. His research focus is on international relations, international and comparative political economy and applied game theory. Current research interests include the relationship between trade and conflict, the use of economic policies in international politics, peacekeeping operations and the governance of post-conflict societies, and policy convergence in the European Union. Co-editor (with Michael Taylor) of Economic Voting (Routledge 2002). Published articles in Public Choice, International Organization, World Politics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Interactions, European Union Politics, and Electoral Studies. He is married to Marian de Vooght, and lives with their two daughters, Delfi and Hendrikje, in Wivenhoe, Essex.

Transitional Justice related publications

2013. 'Into the Lion's Den: Local Responses to UN Peacekeeping', Journal of Peace Research, forthcoming, (with Ismene Gizelis).

2013. 'Managing Mistrust: an Analysis of Cooperation with UN Peacekeeping in Africa', Journal of Conflict Resolution, 57 (3), 387 - 409, (with Andrea Ruggeri and Ismene Gizelis).

2012. 'International Dimensions of Internal Conflict', in: Graham Brown and Arnim Langer (eds), Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, US, Edward Elgar, pp. 214 - 222, (with Kristian Skrede Gleditsch, Nils Metternich, and Andrea Ruggeri).


    ETJN Annual Lecture 13 July 2017

    Yasmin Sooka : "Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its seventh annual lecture on 13 July 2017 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Yasmin Sooka, as our guest speaker.

    Yasmin will be giving a lecture entitled 'Transitional Justice: Lessons from African experiences'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, please reserve your place by booking a free place via evenbrite. Any queries, please contact

    ETJN Panel Discussion 08 June 2016: "The Role of third Party Actors in Transitional Justice"

    Armed conflicts and/or repression are often connected to a broad range of human rights violations. The State has the duty to respect, protect and fulfil its citizens’ rights, including the prevention of third party interference with the enjoyment of these rights. To the extent that third party actors, such as corporations, contribute to human rights violations during conflict or repression, it needs to be addressed what role they can play in the transition to peace and/or democracy. Questions to be discussed by the panellists include why it is important to involve third party actors in transitional justice processes; and what kind of involvement, eg criminal prosecutions, truthfinding or reparation, is most appropriate.

    Panelists include Catalina Diaz, Camilo Sánchez, Charles P. Abrahams, Prof. Sabine Michalowski, Prof. Sheldon Leader and Dr. Clara Sandoval.

    Wednesday, 8 June 2016, 10:00-12:00, at EBS.2.65, Colchester Campus, University of Essex.

    ETJN Annual Lecture 07 June 2016

    Catalina Diaz : "Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia"

    The Essex Transitional Justice Network is holding its sixth annual lecture on 07 June 2016 at the University of Essex, and we are very happy to have Catalina Diaz, Director of the Transitional Justice Unit, Colombian Ministry of Justice, as our guest for this occasion.

    Catalina will be giving a lecture entitled 'Negotiating Peace in Compliance with International Law: The Case of Colombia'.

    Attendance is free, but places are limited, as capacity is limited, please reserve your place by sending an email to

    Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity

    "Transitional Justice and Complicity in Argentina as part of Argentina Week: Argentina 1976-2016: Activism, Memorialisation and Complicity"


    Wednesday 9 March 2016, 14:00- 16:00, in room CB.14 in the Constable Building at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

    The seminar will start with an introduction to relevant art works by León Ferrari and Marisa Rueda by a member of ESCALA, followed by a talk by Professor Sabine Michalowski (Director of the ETJN) on transitional justice in Argentina and panel discussion with Professor Sheldon Leader (Director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project), Paula Fiorni (University of Essex, ISER), and Professor Michalowski on complicity and transitional justice.

  • NEWS

    ETJN 2014 Newsletter

    Seminar on Transitional Justice in Argentina attracts media attention

    From 6th to the 8th of November, Professor Sabine Michalowski, director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network and Professor Sheldon Leader, director of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project, spoke at a seminar on ‘Accountability for Corporate Human Rights Violations in Dictatorships and Civil Conflicts: The Argentine Model in Comparative Perspective", held by the Latin American Centre of the University of Oxford held on "future directions in corporate accountability". The seminar attracted media attention in Argentina where Pagina 2 reported on 16 November that:

    "Sheldon Leader and Sabine Michalowski of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project and the Essex Transitional Justice Network laid out the need to link the areas of Transitional Justice and corporate accountability. Michalowski presented an amicus curiae brief in a case of complicity of banks with the Argentine dictatorship. Leader stressed the responsibility of parent companies for acts of their subsidiaries and objected to the doctrine of separate corporate personality."