Elin Skaar

Fellow in Bergen

Senior Researcher, CMI


Elin Skaar is a Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), where she heads the research cluster on Rights and Legal Institutions and is Coordinator for the Transitional justice Unit. Her research interests lie in the intersection between law and politics and focus on human rights, transitional justice, and judicial reform. Recent publications include Transitional Justice in Latin America: The Uneven Road from Impunity towards Accountability (Routledge 2016, co-edited) and After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy (Routledge 2015, co-authored). Skaar holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.




Beyond Words: Latin American Truth Commissions’ Recommendations
2014 - 2017

Truth and Reconciliation in a Democratic Welfare State: The Indigenous Sami and the Kven/Norwegian Finns Minority in Norway (TRUCOM)
2020 - 2023

Truth Commissions and Sexual Violence: African and Latin American Experiences
2021 - 2024

Women on the Bench: The Role of Female Judges in Fragile States
2017 - 2022

A Way Out of Violent Conflict? The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Peacebuilding
2010 - 2010

Accountability functions of courts
2003 - 2008

Aid to judicial reform
2003 - 2005

Democratization and the Judiciary
2002 - 2010

Drivers of Justice: The Dynamics of Accountability Mechanisms in Transitions from Violent Conflict
2011 - 2012

Judicial Independence and Human Rights in Latin America: Violations, Politics and Prosecution
2009 - 2010

Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: The Latin American Experience
2010 - 2015

Transitional Justice, Violence and Reconciliation
2007 - 2010