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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

Professor Kelebogile Zvobgo

Focus Areas
  • Human rights — In this research stream, IJL researchers study human rights across several dimensions. Ongoing projects explore public opinion on human rights, scrutinize mechanisms for human rights accountability in development finance, and explore the role citizens and courts play in defending fundamental freedoms.
  • 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 international human rights treaties. IJL projects also consider how publics view international courts and query whether, how, and to what extent courts can improve public perceptions of their legitimacy.


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Student Opportunities

The lab is currently full. IJL will be advertising at least one open position for continuing students in academic year 2021-22. Please subscribe to the Global Research Institute digest, where the position will be advertised in summer 2021.

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The National Science Foundation, the American Political Science Association and the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab