Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) is an inter-disciplinary network of academics and students working on issues of transition in societies recovering from conflict and/ or repressive rule. Founded in 2007, OTJR is dedicated to producing high-quality scholarship on transitional justice (TJ), including research, policy and litigation addressing the following themes: domestic and international prosecutions, institutional reform and the rule of law, truth commissions, reparations, amnesty processes, backsliding democracies, and other emerging topics. Our members bring a wide range of expertise across the disciplines of law, criminology, development, political theory, international relations, socio-legal studies, anthropology, history, and area studies, among others. We pride ourselves on our inter-disciplinarity.
During term time, OTJR organises an exciting seminar series which brings to Oxford leading and emerging scholars and practitioners working on TJ. Prominent past guests include, among others, Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace Judge Julieta Lemaitre, United Nations Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, ICTY/ ICTR ad litem judge Flavia Lattanzi, ICC Judge Chile Eboi-Osuji, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, Prof William Schabas and Philippe Sands QC. All the podcasts of these events are available online. Have a look at our upcoming events for many more fascinating talks.
OTJR has been involved for the past four years in a collaborative project with Fondation Hirondelle - the online platform JusticeInfo.net. The latter is a major media outlet focusing on journalistic content produced by specialists working on TJ for the general public. OTJR has collected and edited pieces for JusticeInfo.net dealing with ongoing developments in conflict and post-conflict countries through its team of editors and its extensive research network.
This year, we hope to revive OTJR’s research agenda and undertake quality research on issues of TJ across the world. We will solicit research project proposals from civil society organisations working on such issues and give an opportunity to Oxford students to engage with these issues more closely and meaningfully.
OTJR is also pleased to unveil a new initiative, the OTJR Blog. The blog aims to feature high-quality scholarship and discourse on current issues or themes in TJ in relation to any region and through the lens of any relevant discipline (e.g. law, criminology, development, political theory, socio-legal studies, anthropology, etc.) and methodology.
Workshops and Conferences
OTJR regularly organises conferences and workshops for researchers and practitioners working on TJ issues. Most recently, in June 2019, we co-organised a two-day conference on 'Justice for Transnational Human Rights Violations: At the Crossroads of Litigation, Policy and Scholarship' with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Latin American Centre. OTJR is also involved in the launching of a UK and Ireland wide TJ network.
Read more about our vision for this academic year here.
Call for Applications: Executive Committee 2020/21
OTJR is calling for applications to join OTJR’s Executive Committee for 2020/2021. The following positions are currently open:
- External Relations Officer;
- Communications Officer;
- Chief Editor - JusticeInfo.Net;
- Research Lead;
- General Members.
To be eligible for these positions, you have to be a student or staff member at the University of Oxford.
Although each position has certain specific responsibilities, each committee member also contributes to the work of the committee as a whole. Applications close on Friday, 11 December 2020. To apply, please send your CV (of not more than two pages) and a short cover letter to email@example.com. Applicants may apply for more than one position but, if they do so, are requested to indicate their preference in their cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to apply for a named committee position in conjunction with an editorial position (please indicate this clearly in your cover letter).
Further information on each position is available below:
1. External Relations Officer
The External Relations Officer is responsible for arranging future seminars, events and projects. This may involve approaching potential speakers for future seminar series. It may also involve assisting the Convenors and Research Lead in liaising with those outside of Oxford regarding future research collaborations and funding.
2. Communications Officer
The Communications Officer is responsible for updating and maintaining OTJR’s website and social media (MailChimp, Facebook and Twitter). This post will also play a leading role in updating and promoting OTJR's online presence, liaising with other institutions and expanding OTJR’s social media base.
3. Chief Editor - Justiceinfo.Net
The Chief Editor is responsible for editing the group’s scholarly output for its collaboration with JusticeInfo.Net. This involves primarily commissioning academic contributions for JusticeInfo.net and supervising and coordinating the work of the Justiceinfo.net team of editors. This post is also responsible for liaising regularly with the Editor-in-Chief of JusticeInfo.Net and managing the relationship between this platform and OTJR.
4. Research Lead
The Research Lead is responsible for OTJR’s new research agenda and the OTJR Blog. This involves liaising with the Convenors to solicit project proposals from organisations and groups working on issues of TJ, recruit volunteer researchers and see the projects to their completion. This role also involves tasks related to the OTJR blog, including the release and promotion of calls for submissions, the selection of pieces, their allocation to Editors and the supervision and co-ordination of the editorial process.
We are looking for editors preferably with previous editorial experience and/or regional expertise who will edit the pieces (around 1500 words each) for both JusticeInfo.Net and the OTJR Blog. On average, each editor will be asked to edit one piece a month. The position entails overseeing the editorial process from submission to publication and provides an opportunity to gather further experience in the field of academic blogging, as well as great visibility thanks to OTJR's excellent online presence.
6. General Members
General members contribute to the work of the group as a whole, including attending committee meetings and seminars, working on special projects, and assisting with events organisation.
If you have any queries, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.