Roddy Brett

Roddy Brett is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol. Before this, Dr. Brett was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, Director of the Masters Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. His fields of research include conflict, peace processes/peacebuilding, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, genocide and transitional justice. During thirteen years living in Latin America, he acted as Advisor to the UNDP and the UNHCHR and as Advisor on Indigenous Affairs to the Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala. He worked with the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala, as a member of the original team that prepared the evidence against former dictator General Ríos Montt, leading to his conviction in May 2013 for eighty years for genocide and crimes against humanity. In 2015, he led a UN investigation into the role of the delegations of victims in the Santos-FACRC-EP peace process. His most recent books are The Politics of Victimhood in Post-Conflict Societies: comparative and analytical perspectives (2018) and The Origins and Dynamics of Genocide: Political Violence in Guatemala (2016). He will publish The Path Towards Reconciliation after Colombia’s War: understanding the roles of victims and perpetrators in 2020 with the University of Pennsylvania Press (Studies in Human Rights).