Model Bill Team
Comprised of experts from CAJ and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), the Model Bill Team has worked for almost a decade to find human rights compliant solutions to the legal and political challenges regarding dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. Their inaugural project was drafting a ‘Model Bill’ for implementing the legacy mechanisms proposed within the Stormont House Agreement.
Through their work, the Model Bill Team aims to inform key debates on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland and, in particular, to provide accessible legal and policy commentary to a wide range of stakeholders. These stakeholders include victims and survivors, civil society organisations, the British and Irish governments, political parties, veterans, former combatants, the British Army, the PSNI, religious leaders, and the United Nations.
The group has organised numerous public conferences, seminars, and events in order to disseminate their work. Check out the events section of this website to see if there is anything currently scheduled. The team also regularly engages with the media through sending out press releases, giving interviews, and writing articles on legacy issues.
From CAJ: Daniel Holder, Gemma McKeown, and Brian Gormally
From QUB: Professor Kieran McEvoy, Dr Anna Bryson, and Professor Louise Mallinder
Academic Research: Academic contributions by the team on the topic of legacy published in books, peer-reviewed journals, and special reports.
Contributions to academic conferences and seminars: Members of the team have contributed to academic conferences and seminars at home and internationally.
Expert Evidence: Evidence contributed by the team to local, national, and international committee hearings.
Project Reports: In depth reports and consultation responses written by the project team. Most recently, the group has produced an initial analysis of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill.
You can view some of the team’s latest reports and submissions in the Publications Section of this website.