Oskar Timo Thoms is the Simons Research Fellow in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver. He completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University (2017), where he studied international relations, comparative politics, and quantitative methods, and earned an M.A. in Sociology (2005) and a B.A. in International Development Studies (2003) at McGill University. Prior to the Ph.D., he was Research Associate at the McGill Research Group in Conflict and Human Rights (2005-06) and Visiting Research Associate at the University of Ottawa's Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS, 2008-09), and worked as a consultant on policy research projects supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency (now Global Affairs Canada). In 2017-18, he was an affiliated Research Fellow at CIPS. He co-authored scholarly articles in Journal of Peace Research, Human Rights Quarterly, Conflict & Health, and International Journal of Transitional Justice (with James Ron, Roland Paris, and Howard Ramos). His ongoing research continues to focus on human rights and transitional justice.
Oskar N.T. Thoms, James Ron & Roland Paris. "State-Level Effects of Transitional Justice: What Do We Know?" International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol.4, No. 3 (2010).
Oskar N.T. Thoms & James Ron. "Public health, Conflict and Human Rights: Toward a Collaborative Research Agenda," in Conflict & Health, Vol. 1, No. 11 (Nov 2007).
Oskar N.T. Thoms & James Ron. "Do Human Rights Violations Cause Internal Conflict?," in Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 3 (August 2007).
Howard Ramos, James Ron & Oskar N.T. Thoms. "Shaping the Media's Human Rights Agenda, 1986-2000," Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 44, No. 4 (July 2007).
Commissioned Policy Reports
Oskar N.T. Thoms, James Ron & Roland Paris. "The Effects of Transitional Justice Mechanisms: A Summary of Empirical Research Findings and Implications for Analysts and Practitioners." Working Paper, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, April 2008. [You can request the full-length report by email. For the executive summary, click here.]
Oskar N.T. Thoms & James Ron. "Public Health, Conflict and Human Rights: Towards a Collaborative Research Agenda." Ottawa: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, March 26, 2007.
Oskar N.T. Thoms & James Ron. 2006. "Do Human Rights Violations Cause Internal Conflict?" Gatineau: Canadian International Development Agency, February 28, 2006.
James Ron & Oskar N.T. Thoms. "The Jury is still out on International Justice," Ottawa Citizen, July 26th, 2008.
James Ron & Oskar N.T. Thoms. "Can Canada Help Curb Civil Wars?," The Toronto Star, April 12th, 2006.