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 one of the largest and most diverse academic communities conducting research in this field. OTJR is dedicated to producing high-quality scholarship that connects with practical and policy questions in transitional justice, broadly defined, 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. We focus on these issues 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, international relations, 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 and emerging scholars and practitioners working on TJ. The list of the prominent guests has included, among many others, Prof William Schabas, 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, Philippe Sands QC, and key negotiators in the Colombian peace process. In addition to hosting high-profile speakers, OTJR strives to provide a platform for emerging voices in the TJ discourse and strongly encourages presentations from junior scholars and practitioners in the field.
Editorial Work: OTJR has been involved for the past four years in a collaborative project with Fondation Hirondelle - the online platform JusticeInfo.net. The latter has become 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—such as Kosovo, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Colombia—through its team of editors and its extensive research network. For more information, visit JusticeInfo.Net.
OTJR is also pleased to unveil a new initiative, the OTJR Blog, which will be launched in early 2020. The Blog aims to feature high-quality scholarship and discourse on current issues or themes in transitional justice 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. In June 2019, OTJR together with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Latin American Centre in Oxford co-organised and co-hosted the two-day conference 'Justice for Transnational Human Rights Violations: At the Crossroads of Litigation, Policy and Scholarship'. More details about this event which brought together more than 30 academics and practitioners, can be found here. 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. OTJR is also involved in the launching of a UK and Ireland wide TJ network.
Call for Applications 2019/2020
OTJR is calling for applications for current students to join our Executive Committee for 2019/2020. The following positions are currently open:
- Student Chairperson;
- External Relations Manager;
- Web and Communications Manager;
- Chief Editor - JusticeInfo.Net
- Chief Editor - OTJR Blog;
- 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 1 November 2019. Applicants are requested to submit a CV (of not more than two pages) and a short cover letter to the current Convenor Ivo Gruev (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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). Appointments will be made by the OTJR's current Executive Committee taking into account the applicants' experience, expertise, enthusiasm and abilities.
The 2019/2020 Committee will hold its first meeting in week 4 (between 4th and 8th of November). Further details about the meeting will be emailed to the selected candidates.
Any questions regarding this appointment process should be directed to the Convenor Ivo Gruev (email@example.com).
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 the 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. In addition to that, the Student Chairperson provides administrative support for the Convenor by liaising with the Law Faculty and the Administration of the Centre for Criminology. The Chairperson supports 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.
2. 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.
3. Web and Communications Manager
The Web and Communications Manager 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, which currently consists of more than 600 newsletter subscribers and more than 1600 followers on Twitter and Facebook.
4. Chief Editor - Justice.Info.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.
5. Chief Editor - OTJR Blog
OTJR is also looking for a Chief Editor to head the new OTJR Blog initiative. The OTJR Blog Chief Editor will be responsible for the tasks related to the launching of the Blog, scheduled for early 2020, as well as its maintenance and growth. This includes 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. The Chief Editor will also be responsible for uploading the pieces on OTJR's microsite, liaising with the Centre for Criminology in this regard, and publicising the content of the Blog with the help of the Web and Communications Manager.
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 new OTJR Blog. On average, each editor will be assigned one piece a month to edit. The position entails overseeing the editorial process from submission to publication and provides an outstanding opportunity to gather further experience in the field of academic blogging, as well as great visibility thanks to OTJR's excellent online presence.
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 organisation.