Dealing With The Past

CAJ works to encourage the adoption of a mechanism to deal with Northern Ireland’s past and to ensure that any such mechanism conforms with domestic and international human rights obligations.

We do this by:

Seeking to encourage engagement in the debate about dealing with Northern Ireland’s past.

Working on individual cases relating to the past.

Making submissions to relevant consultations, e.g. the Consultative Group on the Past and the government’s subsequent consultation on their report.

Organising events and conferences (e.g. in May 2009 in conjunction with British Irish Rights Watch, University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast we held a major two-day seminar to reflect on the report of the Group).

Seeking to contribute to the debate through publishing regular articles in our month newsletter Just News and other relevant publications.

Lobbying at local, regional and international level.

For more information on our work on Dealing with the Past, please email

Latest Update

On 10th December 2010, to mark International Human Rights Day, CAJ, along with the Pat Finucane Centre, Relatives for Justice and British Irish RIGHTS WATCH, hosted a seminar entitled 'The Past is Still Present: The Legacy of the Conflict - Where do we go from here?'

In March 2012, CAJ gave evidence to the Helsinki Commission in Washington and discussed to a range of issues in relation to dealing with the past in Northern Ireland.  You can read our oral submission here. (DOC, 32 KB)