I am a humanitarian practitioner and researcher with an interest in transitional justice, humanitarian protection and human rights. My work is driven by a desire to put the needs of victims of conflict at the heart of efforts to address its legacies, and this has led to my engaging with victim-centred and therapeutic approaches to histories of violence. The issue of persons disappeared and missing in armed conflict remains a focus of my work: I recently published a book on this topic, critiquing discourses of Transitional Justice. I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, and consult for a range of international agencies. I am currently working on the following research projects:

 

I maintain a blog containing news and other information concerning persons missing in conflict.

 

contact: simon.robins[at]simonrobins.com

 

Recent publications

  • Robins, Simon (2016) Transition but not Transformation: How Nepal's liberal peace fails its citizens, in: Nepal Transition to Peace: A decade of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Kathmandu: NTTP/ USAID.
  • Robins, Simon (2016) Book Review Unbribable Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Fight for The Commons, Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.
  • Robins, Simon (2014) Book Review: Jessica Auchter, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.
  • Robins, Simon (2014) Book Review: Jessica Auchter, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, London and New York: Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.
  • Robins, S. (2013) Book Review: Jenny Edkins, Missing: Persons and Politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011. Social & Legal Studies 22(1) 133 -146.
  • Robins, S and Ram Kumar Bhandari (2012), 'From victims to actors: Mobilising victims to drive transitional justice process', NEFAD: Kathmandu.This is the report of a participatory action research project funded by the Berghof Foundation and conducted in collaboration with NEFAD, the National Network of Families of the Disappeared and Missing, Nepal. It aims to understand how victims of conflict can become agents in addressing the legacies of violence. The following documents are available:
  • Robins, S. (2012), Book review: Gender in Transitional Justice. Edited by Susanne Buckley-Zistel and Ruth Stanley. Hampshire, UK and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. Pp. 297. Historical Justice and Memory Network.
  • Robins, S. (2011) 'Addressing the needs of families of the Missing:  A test of contemporary approaches to transitional justice', PhD Thesis. York, UK: PRDU, University of York.
  • Robins, S. (2010) Book review: Hugo van der Merwe, Victoria Baxter and Audrey R. Chapman (eds.) Assessing the impact of transitional justice: Challenges for empirical research (Washington USIP Press, 2009)", Millenium Journal of International Studies 39: 588.
  • Robins, S. (2009) Book review: Pouligny, B., S. Chesterman and A. Schnabel (eds.), After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, (2007). Breen Smyth, M., Truth Recovery and Justice After Conflict: Managing Violent Pasts, New York: Routledge, (2007), Millennium Journal of International Studies, 37.3, March 2009.