Spring 2013

Human Rights and Transitional Justice Seminar Series

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Session 1:

Transitional Justice Toolkit – Counting War Crimes

February 7, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

Session Overview:

  • This week we working with the text: 

    Dead reckoning: memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War by Sarmila Bose.

    In this book Sarmila Rose sets out to write the history of the 1971 Bangladesh war. However, her attempt to bring more clarity into a highly contested narrative, made her work a target of great criticism.

    The Suggested Readings (below) provide two reviews that illustrate the nature of such critiques.

Session Leader: 

  • Michael Semple

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Session 2:

Transitional Justice Toolkit – Truth Commissions and Catalogues

February 14, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

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Session 3:

From International Humanitarian Law to Transitional Justice:
Prosecuting the Srebrenica Genocide - a case study in the slow but sure progress of justice.

February 28, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

Session Overview:

  • A case study in the slow but sure progress of justice in the prosecution of crimes associated with the Srebrenica genocide.

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Session 4:

Transitional Justice Toolkit – Graves, Forensics and Investigation

March 14, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

Session Overview:

  • Stefan Schmitt is a world authority in the application of forensic techniques to investigation of mass graves for documentation and prosecution of war crimes.

    He will talk on the challenges associated with exploiting or preserving mass graves in a strategy of transitional justice. 

    We are pleased we have this inspirational speaker, who will appear by Skype.

Session Leader: 

  • Stefan Schmitt, Physicians for Human Rights

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Session 5:

Transitional Justice Foundations – Rebuilding Post-Conflict State Legitimacy

March 28, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

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Session 6:

Transitional Justice Toolkit – Healing a Traumatized Society

April 11, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

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Session 7:

Transitional Justice Toolkit –Transitional Justice & Terror: What the war on terror should have learned from Transitional Justice

April 18, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Deland Classroom (Littauer Building, room 332)

Session Overview:

  • In this session Amy will be leading the discussion on terrorism and how transitional justice could help address some of the grey areas that this new form of combat has created. We will be posting questions to Guantanamo Veterans to see how their experience could be understood within an international law / transitional justice framework

Session Leader: 

  • Amy Tan, Master Student, Tufts University

Session 8:

Transitional Justice Foundations – Rethinking Transitional Justice; Policy Panel

May 1, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (R-219)

Session Overview:

  • In this final session of the spring 2013 transitional justice study group, our three fellows will be doing a final discussion of transitional justice, what it all means and what is the way forward in this field as it continues to grow and develop.
     
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    Luka Kuol will focus on the role of institutions in creating the dilemmas of accountability and transitional justice in the post-conflict environment with reference to the case of South Sudan.

    Rupert Elderkin will say something about the UN Commissions of Inquiry that have been springing up over the past few years – attempting to explain their emergence as an alternative response to atrocity situations where for political or other reasons, there has been no other way forward for the international community to start any transitional justice processes.

Panelists:

  • Michael Semple, Luka Kuol, and Rupert Elderkin