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Chandra Lekha Sriram

Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram joined the School of Law at the University of East London in 2005 as its inaugural Professor of Human Rights, when she also founded and directed the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict. As director of the Centre, she raised collaborative grants from the British Academy, the United States Institute of Peace, the Leverhulme Trust, the European Union, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. From 2010-2013, she was Professor of Law at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.

She returned to UEL as Professor of International Law and International Relations in 2013, accompanied by colleagues working on her new collaborative grant from the Economic and Social Research Council on the Impact of Transitional Justice Measures on Democratic Institution-building ( This is a three-year project in conjunction with Anja Mihr at the University of Utrecht (funded by NWO), examining the long-term impact of transitional justice measures. She is director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict.

Professor Sriram has authored three books, edited or co-edited 11 books or special journal issues, and published over 100 articles and essays in the field of post-atrocity justice, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, including: Peace as governance: Power-sharing, armed groups and contemporary peace negotiations (2008); Globalizing justice for mass atrocities: A revolution in accountability (2005); andConfronting past human rights violations: Justice vs peace in times of transition (2004). Her coedited book,Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding on the Ground: Victims and Excombatants was published by Routledge in 2012. The successful War,Conflict and Human Rights textbook, co-authored with Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman was published in its second edition in 2014. She is the editor ofTransitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa, which will be published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2016.

Professor Sriram has twice been the chair of the International Studies Association Human Rights section, and is a co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network. She is also the co-editor of a book series with Routledge on Law, conflict and international relations.

She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2000, her JD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1994, and her BA in Political Science and MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago in 1991.


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    Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, University of East London