People in the Transitional Justice Network

Todd Landman


BA Penn, MA Georgetown, MA Colorado, PhD Essex
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences
Todd Landman

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Todd Landman's research interests include measurement and analysis of contemporary human rights problems, including the application of quantitative methods to the study of truth commissions and transitional justice issues. He is the author of Studying Human Rights (Routledge 2006), Protecting Human Rights: A Comparative Study (Georgetown University Press, 2005), and Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics (Routledge 2000, 2003, 2008). He is Co-author of Citizenship Rights and Social Movements: A Comparative and Statistical Analysis (Oxford University Press 1997, 2000), Governing Latin America (Polity 2003), and Measuring Human Rights (Routledge 2009). He is editor of Human Rights, Volumes I-IV (Sage 2009), and co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics (Sage 2009) and Real Social Science (Cambridge forthcoming). He has published articles in The British Journal of Political Science; International Studies Quarterly; Political Studies; Electoral Studies; Democratization; Human Rights Quarterly. He works as an international consultant in the areas of development, democracy, and human rights.

Recent Publications in Transitional Justice or related fields;

Todd Landman (2013) Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals, London: Bloomsbury; available from September as an open access document. In addition to the general themes of the book, there is a chapter on Truth and Justice.

Todd Landman and Anita Gohdes (2013) ‘A Matter of Convenience: Challenges of Non-Random Data in Analyzing Human Rights Violations during Conflicts in Peru and Sierra Leone’ in Taylor Seybolt, Jay Aronson and Baruch Fishoff (eds) Counting Civilian Casualties, Oxford: Oxford University Press. This book is a start of the art collection of essays on events-based data for human rights work and draws on truth commissions around the world.

Todd Landman (2012) ‘Narrative Analysis and Phronesis’ in Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman, and Sanford Schram (eds) Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 27-47. This chapter uses the work of truth commissions as the basis for a discussion of narrative analysis and an Aristotelian approach to social science research.

Other work in Transitional Justice or related fields;

Professor Landman is undertaking new research with Dr Tom Scotto (Government) and Jason Reiffler (Politics, Exeter) on framing human rights narratives using experimental methods in the EssexLab facility. The research is based on the recent trial of General Rios Montt in Guatemala and is complemented with two additional sources of data: mechanical turk generated responses and a large scale survey instrument.


    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.

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    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."