Patrick J. Pierce has worked with Burmese human rights groups in Thailand since 1998 and is currently the head of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Burma Program. He has initiated and managed projects on documentation of human rights violations, transitional justice trainings, and research among people affected by human rights violations in Burma. Working in a pre-transition setting, he explores the efficacy of applying a transitional justice framework to an ongoing conflict. He also worked in the Solomon Islands in 2009 setting up ICTJ’s program there and assisting with the set-up of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He holds a master's of arts degree in applied anthropology from American University (1997).