Beyond anecdotes, building an evidence-based future.

Creating data-driven strategies in conflict management, peace-building, and atrocity prevention. 

In the aftermath of mass atrocities, communities grapple with the complex challenge of healing and seeking justice. The Carr Center's Transitional Justice Program stands alongside them, conducting vital research to understand the effectiveness of different approaches like prosecutions, truth commissions, and reparations.

Through in-depth case studies and the development of a global index, we gather data and insights that empower policymakers, communities, and survivors to navigate the path towards a brighter future. Join us in building a knowledge base that fosters healing, accountability, and prevents future violence.

The Transitional Justice Program is run by the Transitional Justice Evaluation Team (TJET) and funded by a grant from Global Affairs Canada. The results of this research program will be available on the TJET website, which can now be accessed below.

Transitional Justice Evaluation Tools

The Transitional Justice Evaluation Tools website compiles comparative, worldwide data on human rights prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and more from 1970 to 2020. 

The project aims to contribute to the prevention of atrocities and improving assistance to victims in fragile states and globally by supporting evidence-based policies.

Program Leadership

Kathryn Sikkink headshot

Kathryn Sikkink

Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy

Phuong Pham

Phuong Pham

Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Patrick Vinck

Patrick Vinck

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Geoff Dancy

Geoff Dancy

Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Toronto


Justice and Accountability Index

After mass atrocities, communities grapple with healing and seeking justice. The Transitional Justice program is responding by creating the groundbreaking Justice and Accountability Index. This unique tool gathers data from real-world examples in ten countries that have experienced conflict and authoritarian rule. It analyzes how different approaches to transitional justice, like trials, truth commissions, and reparations, actually work. This information empowers survivors to fight for what they need, policymakers to create better approaches, and researchers to learn more. Only once we have data on the effectiveness of transitional justice can we truly begin to support survivors and give policymakers a clearer understanding of what measures can be taken to prevent future violence.


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