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International Justice Lab

The International Justice Lab (IJL) brings together faculty and students from across the United States to conduct collaborative research on human rights, transitional justice, and international law and courts. IJL aims to produce high-quality social science research that is relevant to policy makers, practitioners, and civil society advocates.

Project Leader

Director Kelebogile Zvobgo

Focus Areas
  • Human rights — In this research stream, IJL research explores public opinion on human rights, specifically how well human rights as an idea competes with national interests. Lab researchers also evaluate how well international development banks' human rights accountability mechanisms provide relief and redress to communities harmed by development projects.
  • Transitional justice — Here, IJL research examines transitional justice—a set of tools countries can adopt to deal with widespread and systemic human rights violations and their legacies. Currently, Lab researchers are focused on truth commissions, which aim to advance accountability and reconciliation through exhaustive narratives on political violence.
  • International law and courts — Finally, IJL research investigates how governments respond to demanding obligations in treaty law. Lab researchers also consider how publics view international courts and query whether and to what extent international courts can improve perceptions of their legitimacy.



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Student Opportunities

IJL hires five research fellows each year and offers students opportunities to engage in cutting-edge social science research at all stages: theory building, research design, data collection and analysis, fieldwork, and manuscript preparation. A call for IJL fellow applications goes out each Spring for admission in Summer and Fall.

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