Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Democratic Institution-Building

Posted by: Elizabeth Rhoads

3rd June 2015

Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Democratic Institution-Building

Date: 19-20 Thursday conference program November 2015

Venue:  Utrecht University, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM)

Raadzaal

Achter Sint Pieter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht
The Netherlands

030 253 8033

www.uu.nl/sim

www.tjdi.org

 

The field of transitional justice (TJ) has often been criticized for the imposition of foreign models and one-size-fits-all formulas as a way to deal with past authoritarian rules. However, in practice the diversity of contexts in which TJ has been employed has created a wide-ranging collection of models and implementations in particular on democratic institutions building.

This conference is a response to that challenge. It presents the results of NWO and ESRC founded 3 years under the Open Research Area (ORA) scope this research project on the Impacts of Transitional Justice in Democratic Institution Building (TJDI), conducted at Utrecht University in The Netherlands and University of East London in the UK.

Following qualitative research methods, this project has studied and compared how TJ are related to the enhancement or detriment of democratic institutions and practices in eight countries: South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Chile, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Hungary, and East Germany.

The conference will present the outcomes of the research that started in 2013. It will highlight lessons learned from research conducted by the University of East London and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM) at Utrecht University, led by the principal investigators Anja Mihr and Chandra Lekha Sriram. In addition, external speakers with expertise in the field will comment on and discuss the results.

We invite scholars, policymakers, NGO officials, students and those interested in attending the conference to register, to please send an email to Sandra Rios Oyola S.M.RiosOyola@uu.nl

The conference will take place at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University. www.uu.nl/sim