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.

Contact: oskar_thoms@sfu.ca

Selected Publications

Scholarly Articles

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.

 

Op-Eds

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.