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Erin Baines
Associate Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues
Office: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Room 213
Office Phone: (604) 822-4579
Fax: (604) 822-6966

Erin Baines is an Associate Professor at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia.  Her research interests include transitional justice; the politics of humanitarianism and forced displacement; and, the study of gender and armed conflict, with a regional focus on northern Uganda.  Her publications include Buried in the Heart: Women, Complex Victimhood and the war in northern Uganda (Cambridge, 2016); Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis (Ashgate 2004); and editor of a life history of a woman who spent eleven years inside the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), I Am Evelyn Amony: Life in and After the LRA (University of Wisconsin, 2015).  She has published articles on gender, responsibility and transitional justice, DDR, social repair, symbolic violence and forced marriage in the Journal of Peace Research, the International Journal of Transitional Justice (IJTJ), African Affairs, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of Human Rights. Erin sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and the Journal of Narrative Politics and is the Co-founder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in Gulu, Uganda. 


Erin Baines Buried in the Heart: Women, Complex Victimhood and the war in northern Uganda (Cambridge, 2016)

Erin Baines “Today, I Want to Speak Out the Truth”: Victim Agency, Responsibility, and Transitional Justice." International Political Sociology (2015).


Amony, Evelyn. I Am Evelyn Amony: Life in and After the LRA. Edited with an Introduction and History Chapter by Erin Baines (University of Wisconsin, 2015).

Erin Baines 'Forced Marriage as a Political Project: Sexual Rules and Regulations in the Lord's Resistance Army' Journal of Peace Research 51.3 (2014).

Erin Baines and Lara Rosenoff Gauvin 'Motherhood and social repair after war and displacement in northern Uganda' Journal of Refugee Studies, Special Issue, March (2014).

Amony, Evelyn and Erin Baines. 'Human Rights in Transitions from Conflict'. Human Rights: The Hard Questions. Ed. Cindy Holder and David Reidy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Pres (2013).

Muldoon, Katherine A., M Ajok, M Akello, Z Petruf, P Nguyen, E Baines and K Shannon. "After abduction: exploring access to reintegration programs and mental health status among young female abductees in Northern Uganda." Conflict and health 8.1 (2014): 1-9.


Dharamsi, S., Nashon, S., Wong, A., Bain, P., McElligott, K., & Baines, E. (2013). Saving Africa: A critical study of advocacy and outreach initiatives by university students. Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, 3(1), 53-67.


Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines Editorial Note, Special Issue on Transitional Justice and the Everyday, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 6.3 (2012)

Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines Cuando el archivo está en el testigo: documentación en escenarios de inseguridad crónica. Análisis Político 25.74 (2012): 49-70.

Baines, Erin and Emily Paddon ‘This is how we survived’: Civilian agency and humanitarian protection Security Dialogue 43.3 (2012): 231-247.

Baines, Erin Gender, Responsibility, and the Grey Zone: Considerations for Transitional Justice. Journal of Human Rights 10.4 (2011): 477-493.

Baines, Erin and Beth Stewart ‘I cannot accept what I have not done’: Storytelling as Transitional Justice. Journal of Human Rights Practice, (2011).

Riaño-Alcalá, Pilar, and Erin Baines. The archive in the witness: Documentation in settings of chronic insecurity." International Journal of Transitional Justice 5.3 (2011): 412-433.
Ketty Anyeko, Erin Baines, Emon Komakech, Boniface Ojok, Lino Owor Ogora and Letha Victor, ‘The Cooling of Hearts: Community Approaches to Truth Telling in northern Uganda’ Human Rights Review (2011).

Baines, Erin, Nadine Harris and Kyle McLeery  'Death is painful, so it is better to be holding a gun’: Dis/re-armament decisions of formerly abducted persons in Northern Uganda Conflict, Security and Development, 10:5 (2010), 625-645.
Baines, Erin Spirits and Social Reconstruction: Rethinking Transitional Justice. African Affairs. 109:436 (2010), 409-439.

Baines, Erin Complex Political Perpetrators: Reflections on Dominic Ongwen Journal of Modern African Studies 47:2 (2009), 163-191.

Baines, Erin The Haunting of Alice: Local Approaches to Transitional Justice in Northern Uganda. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 1:1 (2007).

Baines, Erin. 'Gender Research in Violently Divided Societies: On ethics and methods of 'international' researchers'. Researching Conflict in Africa. Ed. Elizabeth Porter. UNU Publication (2005).

Baines, Erin. 'Les Femmes Aux Mille Bras: Gender and the Politics of Peace in Post-Genocide Rwanda'. Gender, Armed Conflict, and Peacekeeping. Ed. Dyan Mazurana, Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (2004).

Baines, Erin  Scholarship, Advocacy and the Gender Politics of Refuge: An essay on the historical relevance of the transnational campaign on refugee women. The Henry Frank Guggenheim Review (2004).

Baines, Erin Vulnerable Bodies:  Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis (London: Ashgate Publishing, 2004).

Baines, Erin Body Politics and the Rwanda Crisis. Third World Quarterly. 24.3 (2003): 479-493.

Baines, Erin. ‘The Contradictions of Canadian Commitments to Refugee Women’ Feminist Perspectives in Canadian Foreign Policy. C. Sjolander, H. Smith and D. Stienstra (eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press (2003)

Baines, Erin. Becoming Visible: Refugee Women and Transnational Advocacy, 1980-1990. Refugee Studies Quarterly. 21.Special Issue on Refugee Women (2002).

Baines, Erin and Barry Burciul. Children and Armed Conflict: Meeting the Challenge of Diversity. Journal of Canadian Foreign Policy. 8.1 (2000).

Baines, Erin. 'Gender Construction and the Protection Mandate of the UNHCR: Responses from Guatemalan Women'. Gender Politics in Global Governance. Ed. M.K. Meyer and E.  Prugl. Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers (1999).


1. Conjugal Slavery in wartime (SSHRC PG), with Annie Bunting (PI) et al.

2. Against Mass Atrocities:  Documentation in Settings of Chronic Insecurity, with Prof. Pilar Riano Alcala (Martha Piper Research Grant, International Development Centre Research Grant)

3. Gender, Justice and the War in northern Uganda (SSHRC, Hampton Grant)


POLI 461 The Ethical Witness

GRSJ 503 Violence & Social Repair

POLI 564 Transitional Justice

POLI 464 Transitional Justice

POLI 461 The Politics of Humanitarianism

WMST 403 Gender and Armed Conflict



Dr. Eunyoung Choi, Postdoctoral Fellow (Geography) (Supervisor), 2010-2012
Dr. Erin Jessee, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Anthropology) (Supervisor), 2012-2013
Dr. Stephanie Vieille, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (Political Science) (Supervisor)



Beth Stewart, GRSJ

Laura Lee, ISGP (2015)

Katherine Forbear, GRSJ       

Juliane Okot Bitek, ISGP


Committee Member
Omer Aijazi, Education Studies    

Wagd Jaffer (Political Science)

Eberechi Ifeonu, Law (2015)

Ricardo Chaparro-Pacheco, Social Work

Alison James, Political Science

Anastasia Shesterinina, Political Science (2015)

Lara Rosenoff Gauvin, Anthropology


Erin Baines
A journal article written by Erin Baines exploring contraditions that exist in sexual violence and forced marriage in the Ugandan originated rebel group, Lord's Resistance Army.
14 March 2014
Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, Erin Baines
A special edition of The International Journal of Transitional Justice, edited by Professors Pilar Riaño-Alcalá and Erin Baines.
3 November 2012
Erin Baines
Dominic Ongwen is an indicted war criminal and former child soldier in one of the world’s most brutal rebel organisations, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Ongwen is at once victim and perpetrator : what justice strategy is relevant? I introduce the concept of complex political perpetrators to describe youth who occupy extremely marginal spaces in settings of chronic crisis, and who use violence as an expression of political agency. Ongwen represents a troupe of young rebels who were ‘bred’ in the shadows of illiberal war economies. Excluded from the polity, or rather never having been socialised within it, such complex political perpetrators must be recognised in the debate on transitional justice after mass atrocity, lest cycles of exclusion and violence as politics by another means continue.
30 June 2009
Geoffrey Opobo, Geoffrey Odong, Emon Komakech, Ketty Anyeko, Boniface Ojok, Erin Baines, Letha Victor
The Justice & Reconciliatin Project presents the first comprehensive public documentation of the massacre of over 300 civilians in Barlonyo in February 2004 by indicted war criminal Okot Odhiambo.
28 February 2009
Erin Baines
Women now outnumber men in Rwanda's parliament. But with a government anxious to suppress dissent, all is not as it seems.
13 October 2008
Erin Baines
Justice and Reconciliation Project and Quaker Peace and Social Witness, May 2008
10 May 2008
Erin Baines
Justice and Reconciliation Project, Special Issue with Quaker Peace and Social Witness - Field Notes, No. 6, February 2008
28 February 2008
Erin Baines
Produced by the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Gulu District NGO Forum.
5 February 2008
Erin Baines, Justice and Reconciliation Project
Community Truth-Telling in Acholi-land examines community-level mechanisms that might facilitate a process of truth-telling at that level in northern Uganda. We explore the desires and fears of the war-affected populace in learning the truth about the now 21-year-old conflict.
17 July 2007
Justice and Reconciliation Project, Erin Baines
This edition of Field Notes recounts the struggles faced by northern Ugandans in coping with the aftermath of the atrocity in the absence of justice. Drawing upon extensive eyewitness testimonies, the report details the massacre of over 300 civilians in Atiak in 1995, reportedly by the LRA under the command of General Vincent Otti. It explores the politics behind the annual commemoration of the massacre and advances recommendations to meet the dire justice needs of the victims.
30 April 2007
Erin Baines
Through the story of a former rebel fighter, this article examines some of the justice and reconciliation challenges in northern Uganda today
18 April 2007
Erin Baines, Justice and Reconciliation Project
This issue of Field Notes focuses on young mothers who have returned from the captivity of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)
23 October 2006
Justice and Reconciliation Project, Erin Baines
By placing an emphasis on what can be discussed in the peace talks, it hopes to illustrate means of realizing both peace and justice
18 October 2006
Eric Stover, Erin Baines, Marieke Wierda
Focusing on three themes: vulnerable children, investing in youth, and supporting traditional and formal justice mechanisms
29 May 2006
Erin Baines, Justice and Reconciliation Project
The Justice and Reconciliation Project are proud to launch their new website and to present their first issue of Field Notes: Alice's Story: Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Reconciliation in Northern Uganda
22 February 2006
Justice and Reconciliation Project, Erin Baines
This report, Roco Wat I Acoli, provides a much needed analysis of what traditional justice in northern Uganda is, how it is currently practiced and what value it could add. In a seven month study, it documented existing practices of traditional justice in 16 internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. It further examines how some of these rituals have been adapted to promote the reintegration of former rebels.
15 September 2005
Irene Sattarzadeh, Erin Baines, Heidi Rose
This Human Security Update analyzes events surrounding the debate on peace versus justice in Northern Uganda
27 May 2005
Erin Baines
Director, Conflict & Development Programme
1 April 2005
Erin Baines
Examining the response of the United Nations to forced displacement in three cases, this insightful work lays bare the breach between advances in global policy on gender equality and humanitarianism and the implementation of these policies.
3 November 2004
Erin Baines, Coleen Heemskerk
This human security update outlines the major issues and events from the conflict in Northern Uganda during a five-month period, April to August 2004
16 September 2004
Erin Baines
Baines, Erin (2004). Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis. Ashgate Publishing, 2004.
26 April 2004
Erin Baines
In May 2003, the Liu Institute for Global Issues sent associate Dr. Erin Baines to the Northern Dialogue for Peace to assess the current status of the peace process, identify critical actors involved in this process and provide a preliminary analysis
1 June 2003
Erin Baines
Baines, Erin (2003). "The Contradictions of Canadian Commitments to Refugee Women", in D. Stienstra, C Sjolander & H. Smith, eds. Gendered Discourses, Gendered Practices: Canadian Foreign Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
11 March 2003
Justice and Reconciliation Project
JRP works with youth and their communities to strengthen locally owned approaches to the reintegration of ex-combatants, justice and reconciliation in war torn northern Uganda. The project is based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia.
Currently Teaching:
The Politics of Humanitarianism (POLI), Human Security (POLI), Gender and Armed Conflict (WMST/POLI), Gender and Transitional Justice (WMST)
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