Research

Fostering Pluralistic Memories and Collective Resilience in Fragile Transitional Justice Processes

In the aftermath of protracted civil conflicts, as in Sri Lanka’s case, truth and reconciliation processes have come to be accepted as the normal process forward to ...

Building Resilient Communities

The ending of the war was seen by many as a paradigm-shifting moment in the country’s history. But more than four years since the end of the war Sri Lanka remains a troubled nation. New forms of conflict are emerging along with new majority-minority configurations. This project seeks to address ...

Involuntary Resettlement: A Cross Country Study on Urban Inequality and Poverty

Inequality and poverty are mutually reinforcing phenomena and processes. Poverty creating and reducing processes take place in interaction with markets and socio-economic conditions, and are marked by aspects such as inclusion and exclusion. This research ...

Narratives of Intimate Partner Violence within Women’s Organisations

Studies on intimate partner violence make the claim and when women victim survivors of violence seek assistance from family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours, employers, and/or faith-based leaders, they are most likely ...

The Practice of Human Rights Claims-making in Sri Lanka: Towards a ‘Thick’ Description

This project takes as its object of study the practice of human rights claims-making in Sri Lanka. By ‘practice’, the idea is to map human rights claims-making in terms of the performance of it, i.e. what human rights practitioners in non-government organisations (NGOs) ...

From War to Peace – People’s Perceptions from the North and East

This is a context analysis that traces the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka since May 2009 to December 2012, from the prism of people’s perceptions, especially that of the resettling communities in the North and East directly affected by the war. This report is ...

Post-War Justice, Reconciliation and Development

Since the end of the war in 2009, ICES has been exploring the complex and contested nature of building peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, taking into account the history of the conflict and the current socio-political and economic configurations. While the term reconciliation is easily and often invoked by politicians, civil society organisations, international ...

The South Asia Regional Project on Justice

Through a series of vectors the project will interrogate how the practices of law both inhibit and forward a more nuanced knowledge on what constitutes justice in South Asia. If, on the ...

State, Politics and Power

Over the years ICES research has made a significant contribution to policy debates on state reform and power, both nationally as well as internationally. The publications “Sri Lanka: The Devolution Debate (1996)” which covered the period up to the enactment of the 13th Amendment and establishment of provincial councils in Sri Lanka and “Ideology and ...

Justice and Struggle for Peace

ICES works for people excluded from access to resources, politics, and means to a dignified life. We link rights to the theme of Justice emanating from permanent discrimination, vulnerability, powerlessness, and disenfranchisement from politics – of women, immigrants, internally displaced, minorities and indigenous communities, racially discriminated groups, refugees and the stateless- consequently relating to the ...