The programme includes the Transitional Justice Spring School, a special one-week course that discusses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice. For example, economic, social and cultural rights, the responsibilities of non-state actors in the aftermath of large-scale human rights violations and the largely unexplored field of cultural interventions in post-conflict societies, including educational measures, memorialization and archives.
Students obtain credits (3 ECTS credits) for their participation in Spring School.
In line with the programme’s objective to connect theory and practice, the Spring School is delivered by leading scholars and practitioners. It is held in Spring Semester and is also open to external participants.
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, theatre 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 2017 aims to address these complex questions through an interdisciplinary, comprehensively structured high-quality one-week programme.
Research internships with leading actors in the field of transitional justice allow students to gain practice-oriented experience and expand their network.
In the second semester students have the opportunity to go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of transitional justice.
Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.
Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.
More focused attention is needed today to meet the challenges of transitional justice. Critical normative and practical thinking is required to properly grasp and address what is at stake in societies emerging from conflict and authoritarian rule.