Session 6 (rescheduled)

Friday, May 2, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein 219)
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Study Group
Transitional Justice

Spring 2014
Sesssion 6 (originally session 7)

Session Title/Topic:

"Vetting and Lustration”


Artyom Geghamyan
Fellow, Transitional Justice, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Session Overview:

Lack of accountability for gross violations of human rights and international humanitarian law has been a common characteristic feature for post-Cold War era Central and Eastern European and FSU countries. Such human rights violations often rise to the level of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. Vetting and lustrations have been widely utilized in some of those countries as the main non-judicial mechanisms of transitional justice to address the issue of impunity in those societies and to dismantle the heritage of former communist totalitarian systems.

Artyom Geghamyan will discuss the practice of lustration in countries that adopted and implemented lustration laws and will compare such experiences with other post-communist countries which denied that important mechanism of transitional justice. Special emphasize will be placed on human rights dimension of vetting and lustration processes based on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

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More about Artyom Geghamyan:

Artyom Geghamyan is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. His research focuses on transitional justice issues in Eastern Europe and FSU countries. Before joining the Carr Center, Artyom has worked as a legal officer at the Council of Europe and dealt with the implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. He obtained his LLM in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University School of Law and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.  More >