Thomas Obel Hansen


Thomas Obel Hansen, LL.M. (2007) and Ph.D. in Law (2010), is a researcher and senior lecturer in law at the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University, Belfast. His research focuses on transitional justice and international criminal law. Recent projects explore accountability for major powers violations, including a British Academy funded project which examines accountability processes relating to war crimes by British forces in Iraq. He is currently the co-investigator on the University of Essex funded project, “The accountability deficits of major western powers: A pilot project on UK military accountability for international crimes in Iraq”.

Recently Published

The Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill 2019-2021: A Pragmatic Response to Over-Zealous Claims Against the Military or a Vehicle for Impunity? Introduction to the Symposium on the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill

The United Kingdom (UK) Government has introduced the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill to regulate legal proceedings stemming from operations of the UK armed forces outside of the British Islands. The Bill received its first reading in March 2020 and it is anticipated that the second reading will take place in September or October this…

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Liability of an Assisting Army for Detainee Abuse by Local Forces: The Danish High Court Judgment in Green Desert

This comment sets out to discuss the judgment of the Danish High Court (Eastern Division) in what is known as the Iraq or Green Desert Case (B344808J – HBJ). The judgment, delivered in June 2018 and available in Danish only, has received limited attention outside Denmark. It is significant in that it establishes liability for Danish…

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Complementarity (in)action in the UK?

Editor's Note: This post is part of our Joint Symposium with Justice in Conflict on Human Rights Watch's Report, Pressure Point: The ICC's Impact on National Justice  In response to the 2014 re-opening of an International Criminal Court (ICC) preliminary examination into…

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