Brinton Lykes – Chair
Professor Brinton Lykes is Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College, as well as Associate Dean of the College. She has been professor of Psychology in the College’s Department of Counselling, Development and Educational Psychology since 1997. Her professional memberships include the American and the Interamerican Psychological Association and Latin American Studies Association. She has researched, spoken and published widely on issues relating to political violence, torture, gender, and the psychological effects of both impunity and reparations. She has extensive experience on participatory research and has produced manuals and training materials for participatory research purposes. In 2012 she received the Ignacio Martín-Baró Lifetime Peace Practitioner Award from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence, of the American Psychological Association and in 2013 she was awarded the American Psychological Association's International Humanitarian Award.
Sander Wirken – Treasurer
Sander Wirken is a researcher at the Amsterdam Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam. His PhD research is focused on the blurring distinction between armed conflict and crime, and the (international) legal reactions thereto. He completed his LL.M. degree (International Public Law) at the University of Amsterdam cum laude and was awarded the University of Amsterdam Thesis Prize for his master's thesis about impunity in Guatemala. He obtained an M.Sc. degree (International Security) cum laude from Sciences Po Paris and was awarded the Bourse d'Excellence Descartes and the Sciences Po Prix de la vie étudiante. With documentary production company Framewerk, he is working on a documentary about Guatemala's Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz called “Burden of Peace”. He co-founded the NGO Niños de Guatemala, dedicated to improving the access to education for underprivileged children in Guatemala, and lived in Guatemala for 2.5 years.
Brandon Hamber – Secretary
Professor Brandon Hamber is John Hume & Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace based at the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and member of the Transitional Justice Institute, both at Ulster University. He is also an honorary professor of the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has consulted to a range of community groups, policy initiatives and government bodies in Northern Ireland and South Africa. He has undertaken consulting and research work, and participated in various peace and reconciliation initiatives in Liberia, Mozambique, Bosnia, the Basque Country and Sierra Leone, among others. He has written extensively on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the psychological implications of political violence, and the process of transition and reconciliation in South Africa, Northern Ireland and abroad. He has published some 25 book chapters and scientific journal articles, and 4 books. He is Board member of the Belfast-based Healing Through Remembering, as well as Impunity Watch. He is part of the International Advisory Group of Fambul Tok, Sierra Leone and also on the Advisory Group of the Education & Society stream of the British Council. He has been awarded The Paul Harris medal for contributions to peace by Rotary (2013), and was listed as one of the Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction by the Action on Armed Violence Network (2013/2014).
The Observatory of Judicial Independence is a tool to monitor and analyse the internal and external factors that threaten judicial independence in Guatemala.