Law, prosecutions & Truth Conference



This conference is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on Amnesties, prosecution and public interest in the Northern Ireland transition.

Framed by an exploration of the meaning of ‘public interest’, this project explores the inter-relationship between amnesties or amnesty-like measures and historical prosecutions in Northern Ireland. Although people will inevitably make up their own mind about what they consider to be the best way forward on these matters, the purpose of this project is to provide information on the international, historical and legal context to amnesties, prosecution and the public interest in order to ensure that the public debate is as well informed as possible.

This conference hopes to engage civil society with key legal and criminal justice actors in examining the current legal approaches in dealing with the past, and what possible approaches could be adopted in the future.

Attendance is free.


  • Registration and Coffee

  • Welcoming Remarks – Prof Sally Wheeler (QUB)

  • Introduction – Louise Mallinder (TJI) and Dawn Purvis  (HTR) – Amnesties, Prosecution and Truth Recovery

  • Plenary 1: Investigating the Past – Chair: Monica McWilliams (TJI), John Larkin (AG NI), Michael Maguire (OPONI), Dave Cox (HET), Geoff Knupfer (ICLVR)

  • Lunch

  • Plenary 2: Prosecutions, Convictions and the Public Interest – Chair: Dawn Purvis  (HTR), Barra McGrory (PPSNI), Paul Mageean (CCRC), Gordon Anthony (QUB)

  • Questions and Answers Session

  • Break

  • Closing Session: Where to Next? Kieran McEvoy, Louise Mallinder, Gordon Anthony, Luke Moffett and Dawn Purvis

Conference Documents