September 2017 - August 2018
Application start 15 November 2016
Application end 12 March 2017
Application end (with scholarship) 30 January 2017
Module 1 - The Legal, Ethical and Conceptual Frameworks of Transitional Justice / Module 2 - Human Rights in Transitional Contexts / Module 3 - Institutional Reform and the Rule of Law / Module 4 - Transitional Justice, Development and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights / Module 5 - Criminal Justice and the Fight against Impunity
What is the international legal framework applicable to children in post-conflict societies? Why do children need special protection in these situations? What are some of the dilemmas? How does transitional justice address the question of child soldiers? This course focuses on children, as a particular group, in periods of transition. It looks at the practice of transitional justice mechanisms, including courts and truth commissions, as well as reparation. It also provides some insight into current policy developments at the level of the United Nations and other international organizations.
What human rights standards are applicable in times of transition? What rights do victims have? What constitutes an effective remedy after mass atrocities? What is the role of international and regional human rights bodies and courts in this respect? This course draws out the links between the field of transitional justice and human rights. It provides students with a thorough background on legal obligations and theories in the field of human rights. Specific case studies of transitional societies enable students to better understand challenges and tensions, for example regarding the question of peace versus justice.