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The goal of the Human Rights and Transitional Justice Study Group is to provide a forum through which students can explore the interplay between human rights and transitional justice in post conflict societies. The group will analyze various mechanisms – criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programs, security system reform, and memorialization efforts – and identify the challenges of pursuing these endeavors in the aftermath of conflict.
MEETING 1 - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Guidance Note of the Secretary-General: United Nations Approach to Transitional Justice
Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Camille Pampell Conway, and Lisa Kays, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
MODULE I: POST-CONFLICT SITUATIONS
MEETING 2 - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
“The Aftermath of War: Reconstruction and Institutional Reform in Post-Conflict Societies”
Episodes of internal unrest, civil wars, and dictatorship often expose devastated institutions and broken public justice systems. This session will explore the process of reconstruction and reform and examine how societies deal with the aftermath of conflict.
MEETING 3 - Wednesday, March 9, 2011
“From War to Peace: Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration in Post-Conflict Societies”
Special Guest Speaker: Frank Pearl, former Colombia High Commissioner for Peace
The process of disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating former combatants is a key step in any peace process. This session will look at the political and technical nature of maintaining peace in post-conflict societies.
MODULE II: JUSTICE & ACCOUNTABILITY
MEETING 4 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011
“Exposing the Truth: Truth Commissions and Transitional Justice”
Tasked with investigating and exposing the crimes perpetuated in conflict situations, truth commissions are key tools within transitional justice. This session will explore the benefits and drawbacks of truth commissions and weigh the merits of the mechanisms as instruments of securing justice and reconciliation.
MEETING 5 - Wednesday, April 6, 2011
“Seeking Justice: Criminal Prosecutions of Mass Atrocities”
Prosecutions are often the principal legal means of securing justice for perpetrators of mass atrocities. This session will explore the objectives of putting individuals on trial and examine the use of criminal tribunals as means to secure justice in post-conflict societies. The group will also look at the issue of reparations for victims of conflict.
Anees Ahmed is the United Nations appointed Senior Assistant Prosecutor of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (KRT) based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is part of the team of prosecutors in the ongoing trial of Duch, the Commandant of the Tuol Sleng Security Center (S-21) where more than 14000 men, women and children were tortured and killed during the Khmer Rouge regime. He has also appeared for the prosecution in the cases of Nuon Chea and Ieng Sary, the two senior-most surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge.
MODULE III: ALTERNATIVE MECHANISMS
MEETING 6 - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
“Remembering Hell: Memorialization and Rituals in Transitional Justice”
This session will explore the process of memorialization and how post-conflict societies use this process to heal and reconcile. A special emphasis will be placed on religious and cultural rituals that aim to remember those who have been affected by conflict.
MEETING 7 - Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This meeting will consist of logistical and administrative items to wrap up the semester.