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:
maintain a blog
containing news and other information concerning persons missing in
- 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.
Simon (2016) Book Review Unbribable
Bosnia and Herzegovina: The
Fight for The Commons, Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory.
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
Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, London and
New York: Dialogues on Historical Justice
- Robins, S.
Review: Jenny Edkins, Missing: Persons and Politics. Ithaca,
NY: Cornell University Press, 2011. Social & Legal Studies 22(1)
- Robins, S and Ram
Kumar Bhandari (2012), 'From victims to actors: Mobilising victims to
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
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.
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.
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.