The challenge of dealing with the aftermath of violent conflict continues to trouble countries throughout the world. In response to that challenge, the ever-expanding field of transitional justice proposes a range of practical measures to potentially assist societies emerging from oppressive rule or armed conflict.
So far, however, relatively little attention has been paid to the role of memory, history and culture in transitional processes. What roles can culture as ‘memory work’ play in contexts of transitional justice? Do cultural initiatives such as public memorials, theater performances, film screenings and photo exhibitions ‘work’ as avenues for coming to terms with the past and preventing future atrocities? What is the role of education and history in processes of social transformation? Is there a duty to preserve memory, and what is the potential contribution of archives in this respect? What are some of the practical challenges faced by memorialization efforts around the world?
The Transitional Justice Spring School 2018 aims to address these complex questions through an interdisciplinary, comprehensively structured high-quality one-week programme featuring leading experts.
Professors and lecturers are leading experts and practitioners in the fields of transitional justice, memory and the role of culture and history in transitions. Cultural and social actors will also intervene in the Spring School. The list presented below is subject to change.
The Transitional Justice Spring School forms part of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to external participants – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, UN staff and staff from other international organizations, and academics and students interested in the topic – who are not enrolled in the MTJ and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.
Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the Spring School (no ECTS credits).
The fee for attending the Transitional Justice Spring School 2018 is 1,530 Swiss Francs.
The fee includes tuition costs, course materials, lunch and refreshments during coffee breaks.
The fee is payable as soon as your place has been confirmed.
Places are limited. Please note that participation can only be secured through the payment of the fee.
All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees and evening meals (approximately 30 Swiss Francs per meal).
Once admitted to the spring school, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the spring school.
Robert Roth is a leading expert on international criminal justice and international criminal law, as well as human rights, and has published extensively on these issues.
Frank Haldemann's expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy.
Regula Ludi is an expert on subjects including gender studies, the history of crime in the nineteenth century, Swiss refugee policy in the Nazi era, Roma and Sinti, Holocaust legacies and the gendered nature of representations of the past.
Christoph J. M. Safferling is Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he holds the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law.
Mô Bleeker has worked for more than 35 years in societies engaged in a process of transition from war to peace in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, Central, North and West Africa.
Pierre Hazan a leading expert in transitional justice, international justice, humanitarian action and the role of media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones.
Elisabeth Baumgartner is a lawyer specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice. Since 2011, she is the co-head of the Dealing with the Past programme at swisspeace.
Thomas Unger has more than 15 year of expertise in the field of transitional justice, notably as the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.
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Our research examines issues that are under-explored, need clarification, or are unconventional, experimental or challenging.
Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.