Thomas Unger

Thomas Unger

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Law  /  Transitional Justice  /  Functions of Criminal Justice in Post Conflict Situations  /  Multilateral Diplomacy  /  Truth-Seeking and Archives  /  Victim Participation

Thomas Unger is the Co-Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. He is the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

With more than 15 years of expertise in the field of transitional justice, he was previously a legal adviser on human rights and international humanitarian law to the Austrian Foreign Ministry, and a senior associate of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). He also worked as a legal system monitor with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, and as a legal clerk with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Thomas Unger holds a degree in Law from the University of Vienna, an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (Venice).

Taught Courses

Uganda, Kitgum. Families of missing persons stick placards with the names of their missing loved ones onto a display board during the International day of the Disappeared. Master in transitional justice - Course

Transitional Justice in Practice

This course combines in-depth case studies on transitional justice and lectures by transitional justice practitioners. It aims to deepen students’ knowledge of transitional justice challenges and provide them with the practical tools for ‘applied transitional justice work’.

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Peru, Huancasancos. Vigil and burial ceremonies for the victims of the conflict whose remains were finally restituted to their families after 30 years of disappearance. Spring School

Confronting the Truth: The Functions, Practices and Challenges of Truth Commissions

Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. The 2019 Spring School will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet.

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Cover page of the book

The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary

March 2018

Frank Haldemann, Thomas Unger

Oxford University Press

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Cover of The European Union and transitional justice

The European Union and transitional justice

October 2010

Thomas Unger

The European Union and Peacebuildingilding, T.M.C. Asser Press

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Cover of the book Pursuing Justice in Ongoing Conflict: A Discussion of Current Practice

Pursuing Justice in Ongoing Conflict: A Discussion of Current Practice

October 2009

Thomas Unger, Marieke Wierda

Building a Future on Peace and Justice, Springer

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Cover of The Crime of Enforced Disappearances

The Crime of Enforced Disappearances

January 2009

Thomas Unger

The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice,Oxford University Press

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