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, it is now the largest and most diverse academic community conducting research in this field.  OTJR is dedicated to producing high-quality scholarship that connects with practical and policy questions in transitional justice, including research addressing the following themes: domestic and international prosecutions, institutional reform and the rule of law, truth commissions, reparations, amnesty processes, and other emerging topics. Although we focus on transitional justice, broadly defined, we do so from a variety of perspectives. Our members, students and academics alike, bring a wide range of expertise across the disciplines of law, criminology, development, political theory, socio-legal studies, history, anthropology, and area studies, amongst others. We pride ourselves on our inter-disciplinarity. OTJR is a unique group within Oxford University’s academic and professional community. 


Seminar Series: During term time, OTJR organises an exciting seminar series which brings to Oxford leading scholars and practitioners. Recently, the list of the prestigious guests has included, among many others, United Nations Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, ICTY/ICTR ad litem judge Flavia Lattanzi, ICC Judge Chile Eboi-OsujiSir Geoffrey Nice QCPhilippe Sands QC, and key negotiators in the Colombian peace process. All the podcasts of these events are available online. Have a look at our upcoming events for many more fascinating talks.

Editorial Work: OTJR has been involved for the past three years in a collaborative project with Fondation Hirondelle and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. JusticeInfo.net, the online platform that resulted from this joint effort, has become a major media outlet for specialists working on TJ and the general public. OTJR has provided academic analysis of ongoing developments in conflict and post-conflict countries—such as Kosovo, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Colombia—through its team of editors and its extensive research network. For more information, visit JusticeInfo.Net.

Workshop and Conferences: OTJR regularly organises conferences and workshops for researchers and practitioners working on TJ issues. OTJR is currently involved in the launching of a UK and Ireland wide TJ network. In June 2017, OTJR celebrated its 10th anniversary year with a one-day workshop for PhD candidates and early-career researchers. The workshop was attended by more than 40 researchers from the UK and overseas. The participants engaged in an extensive discussion on the current challenges of transitional justice research under the guidance of scholars and former OTJR members. Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence, delivered a keynote talk on how to bridge the gap between academia and practice in the field of transitional justice. 

Call for Applications 2017/2018

OTJR is calling for applications for current students to join our Executive Committee for 2017/2018.  The following positions are currently open:

  1. Student Chairperson;
  2. Administrative Manager;
  3. External Relations Manager;
  4. Chief Editor;
  5. Justiceinfo.net Editors;
  6. Web Manager;
  7. 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. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2018. Applicants are requested to submit a CV (of not more than two pages) and a short cover letter to the current Convenor Ivo Gruev (ivo.gruev@law.ox.ac.uk). Applicants may apply for more than one position but, if they do so, are requested to indicate their preference in their cover letter. It is possible to hold a named committee position in conjunction with the position of Justiceinfo.net Editor (please indicate this clearly in your cover letter). Appointments will be made by the OTJR Steering Committee taking into account the applicants' experience, expertise, enthusiasm and abilities.

Any questions regarding this appointment process should be directed to the Convenor Daniel Franchini (daniel.franchini@law.ox.ac.uk). Further details follow with respect to each position:

1. Student Chairperson

The Chairperson is the principal student representative of OTJR. Working closely with the Convenor, the Chairperson is responsible for the management of all meetings of the Executive Committee and the Steering Committee. This includes arranging the meeting time and venue, compiling and circulating the agenda, and chairing the meetings. The Chairperson is also responsible for promoting the group's activities to incoming students at the commencement of the academic year.

2. Administrative and Events Manager

The Administrative Manager provides administrative support for the Student Chair and the Convenor. This includes liaising with the Law Faculty to manage the group's budget and taking minutes of the Executive Committee and Steering Committee meetings. The Administrative Manager The holder of this position is also responsible for liaising with the Administration of the Centre for Criminology, which facilitates the management of the group's weekly seminar series during term time, as well as other small events that the group may decide to organise. This includes booking rooms, greeting the speaker, arranging the speaker's accommodation, transport and dinner, and arranging for the recording of the event.

3. External Relations Manager

The External Relations Manager is responsible for managing future events and projects. This will predominantly involve approaching potential speakers for future seminar series. It may also involve assisting the Convenor in liaising with those outside of Oxford regarding future collaborations or consultancies.

4. Chief Editor

The Chief Editor is responsible for editing the group’s scholarly output. This involves primarily commissioning academic contributions for justiceinfo.net and supervising and coordinating the work of the Justiceinfo.net team of editors.

5. Justiceinfo.net Editors

We are looking for four to eight editors preferably with previous editorial experience and/or regional expertise who will edit the academic op-eds (around 1500 words each) for justiceinfo.net. On average, each editor will be assigned one piece a month to edit. The position entails overseeing the editorial process from submission to publication.

6. Web Manager

The Web Manager is responsible for updating and maintaining OTJR’s website and social media (Facebook and Twitter). The Web Manager will also play a leading role in liaising with other institutions and expanding OTJR’s outreach.

7. 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 organization.