Lost in transition? Sexuality and justice in post-conflict Northern Ireland

  • Marian Duggan


Northern Ireland has pioneered the delivery of transitional justice, largely as a result of its troubled past. Efforts to guide this long-divided society towards greater inclusion have been facilitated by a range of processes (judicial and otherwise) designed to deliver truth, justice and accountability. Legal requirements to consider a broader demographical representation in consultations means that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voices are increasingly evident in this transition. Yet continued political resistance to sexual minority equality, set against a backdrop of wider social integration, indicates the piecemeal approach to progress which is being adopted. This article critically analyses the socio-legal positioning of sexual minorities in Northern Ireland’s ongoing processes of transitional justice. In addressing how sexual orientation fits with the driving factors underpinning a move towards a ‘post-conflict’ society, the analysis queries the heteronormative cultural dynamics informing this utopian future and the impact this may have on exacerbating rather than eradicating homophobic victimisation.

How to Cite
DUGGAN, Marian. Lost in transition? Sexuality and justice in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 68, n. 2, p. 159–180, aug. 2017. ISSN 2514-4936. Available at: <https://nilq.qub.ac.uk/index.php/nilq/article/view/33>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2017.