chapter  7
‘Disappearing’ and transitional justice – lessons from Northern Ireland
WithLauren Dempster
Pages 12

This chapter discusses a period of public consultation on ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ is ongoing. One of the consultation documents central to this process is the Draft Northern Ireland Rolston Bill which details the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. With regards the design of other transitional mechanisms for information recovery – either in Northern Ireland or elsewhere – the experience of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims’ Remains (ICLVR) suggests that both comprehensive and robust guarantees, and time, are required in order to maximise potential information provision. The experience of the ICLVR suggests that one of the first steps in building trust should be the management of the expectations of those with a stake in the process, by being realistic about what is achievable. The legislation that established the ICLVR created a legal foundation upon which trust in the process could develop.