Symposiums and Conferences


Posted: 15/02/2013

Ways of Knowing After Atrocity: A Colloquium on the Methods used to Research, Design and Implement Transitional Justice Processes

ICC-OTP's ways of knowing Crimes and Fighting Impunity Emeric Rogier (Chief of Situational Analysis Section, International Criminal Court)

Epistemologies from below: Trials and Tribulations of population-based research in transitional societies Stephan Parmentier (Professor of Law and Criminology, University of Leuven)

Anthropology, Politics, and the study of international trials Tim Kelsall (Researcher, Africa, Power and Politics Programme)

Speaking of silences: gender, violence and redress Kimberly Theidon (Associate Professor, Harvard University)

Narrative interviews as a method for analysing claims to expertise and impact: The case of the success in Brecki, Bosnia-Herzegovina Briony Jones (Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Swisspeace)

The impact of transitional justice after serious human rights violations. A collaborative data collection project Kathryn Sikkink (Professor in Political Science, University of Minnesota)

Trials mapping as impact measurment: Examples from latin America Cath Collins (Assistant Professor of Politics, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile)

The Ixil people and genocide Rodrigo Salvadó (Centre for Human Rights Legal Action CALDH)

Political analysis of the politics of justice Irenee Bugingo (Senior Researcher, Institute for Research and Dialogue for Peace, Rwanda)

The methods used to research, design and implement traditional justice processes Marlon Weicher

Response to Panel 2 Phil Clark (Lecturer, Department of Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies)

Stephen Oola (Transitional Justice and Governance Analyst, Refugee Law Project, Kampala)

Roya Boroumand (Executive Director, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation)

Response to panel 3: Leigh Payne (Professor of Sociology and Latin American Studies, University of Oxford)

Aimable Twahirwa, (Journalist at La Benevolencija)

Andrew Reiter (Assistant Professor of Politics, Mount Holyoke College)

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Posted: 25/11/2011

The 1988 Massacre of Political Prisoners in Iran - A Quest for Justice

Co-hosted by OTJR, the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF) and Geoffrey Robertson QC

Speakers include: Mr. Medhi Aslani (former prisoner who survived the massacre), Dr. Ladan Boroumand (ABF), Dr. Phil Clark (SOAS and OTJR), Ms. Carla Ferstman (REDRESS), Mr. Binesh Hass (OTJR), Mr. Wolfgang Kaleck (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights), Dr. Abol-Karim Lahidji (FIDH), Dr. Francesca Lessa (OTJR), Dr. Chowra Makaremi (daughter of a 1988 victim), Dr. Olga Martin-Ortega (University of East London), Dr. Corinna Mullin (SOAS), Dr. Sarah Nouwen (University of
Cambridge), Dr. Nicola Palmer (OTJR), Mr. Geoffrey Robertson QC (Doughty Street Chambers), and Ms. Jennifer Robinson (Finers Stephens Innocent).

Video coverage of the entire symposium is available here

ABF's report on the event can be found here.

Posted: 12/05/2011

Beyond Kampala: The ICC, the Crime of Aggression, and the Future of the Court

Speakers included: Judge Sang-Hyun Song (President, ICC), Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (Vice President, ICC), Christian Wenaweser (President, ICC Assembly of States Parties), Professor William Schabas (Nat. University of Ireland), Professor Darryl Robinson (Queens University), Dapo Akande (Oxford), Benjamin Ferencz (Prosecutor, Einsatzgruppen case, Nuremburg)

Beyond Kampala: The ICC, the Crime of Aggression, and the Future of the Court - Keynote talk

Beyond Kampala: What Happened in Kampala?

Beyond Kampala: The State of State Practice on Aggression

Beyond Kampala: Taking Stock of the ICC: Current Issues and Future Prospects

Posted: 27/01/2011

Sudan in Transition? Southern Independence, Conflict and Reconciliation

Opening Remarks - Political, Social and Economic Consequences of the ReferendumProfessor David Anderson (Oxford)

The Referendum and the Future of Sudan Dr. Ahmed al-Shahi (Oxford)

Southern Independence: Implications for Politics and Conflict in the North Sharath Srinivasan (Cambridge)

The Economics of Southern Sudan’s Referendum: Oil, Water and Agriculture in North and South Harry Verhoeven (Oxford)

Genocide, War Crimes and the Two Sudans: Can There be Reconciliation? Professor Sondra Hale (UCLA)

Conflict, Corruption and Long-Term Challenges for Southern Sudan Mawan Muortat (Sudanese political commentator)

The Future of Sudanese Civil Society, North and South Joanna Oyediran (Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa)

Human Rights in the Future Sudan(s) Dr. Lutz Oette (SOAS and REDRESS)

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Posted: 23/10/2010

Amnesty in the Age of Accountability: Brazil in Comparative and International Perspective

Amnesty in Brazil: An Open Debate  Jessie Jane Vieira de Souza (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)

Reasons for the Effectiveness of the Amnesty Law in Brazil and Alternatives for Truth and Justice Regarding the Severe Human Rights Violations during the Military Dictatorship (1964-1985) (in Portuguese)  Paulo Abrão (Universidade Católica de Brasília/Presidente da Comissão de Anistia)

Amnesty and Recognition: The Process of Social (Dis)integration of the Brazilian Political Transition (in Portuguese)  Roberta Camineiro Baggio (Universidade Federal de Uberlândia)

Memory and National Reconciliation: The Amnesty Impasse in the Unfinished Brazilian Democratic Transition (in Portuguese)  José Carlos Moreira de Silva Filho (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul)

A decisão da Suprema Corte brasileira sobre a impossibilidade de processar e punir os crimes do regime militar na perspectiva do Direito Internacional (in Portugese) Deisy Ventura (Universidade de São Paulo)

The Brazilian Amnesty Law at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: The Araguaia Case  Viviana Krsticevic and Beatriz Affonso (Center for Justice and International Law)

The Status of Domestic Amnesties in International Criminal Law  Max Pensky (Binghamton University)

Amnesty and the Inter-American Human Rights System Par Engstrom (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

The Age of Accountability: The Rise of Individual Criminal Accountability Geoff Dancy (University of Minnesota)

Impunity in Latin America: National Courts and Continuing Challenges  Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Hastings College of the Law)

Amnesties and the Inter-American SystemLeslie Vinjamuri (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Cross-National Perspectives on AmnestiesLouise Mallinder (Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster)

Uruguay and Public Support for Amnesty  Elin Skaar (Chr. Michelsen Institute)

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Posted: 06/02/2010

Oxford Symposium on Justice and Self-Determination in West Papua

Opening Remarks

Phil Clark, Convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research

Morning Session

Papuan History in Perspective

Speakers include: Anne Booth (Professor of Economics, SOAS), Pieter Drooglever (Institute of Netherlands History) Albert Kersten (University of Leiden)

Afternoon Session

Papuan Rights and Aspirations

Chair: Phyllis Ferguson, University of Oxford and United Nations Development Programme

Speakers include: Jos Marey (former chairman of Papua Student Association) Benny Wenda (Papua leader in exile) Budi Hernawan (Office of Justice and Peace, Jayapura and Australian National University, Canberra), Jennifer Robinson (Finers Stephens Innocent LLP and Secretary of International Lawyers for West Papua)

Investigating Autonomy

Chair: Phil Clark

Speakers include: Muridan Widjojo (Indonesian Academy of Science) Charles Foster (The Ethox Centre, Department of Public Health & Primary Health Care, University of Oxford) Agus Sumule (first advisor to the governor of Papua) Kaveh Moussavi (University of Oxford)

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Posted: 28/06/2009

"Taking Stock of Transitional Justice" An international conference critically engaging with the academic thinking and practical implementation of transitional justice.

Welcome Address  Dr. Phil Clark (Research Fellow in Courts and Public Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, and Convenor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research, University of Oxford)  

Transitional Justice Globalized Prof. Ruti Teitel (Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law, New York Law School) 

Rethinking Transitional Justice: Conundrums and Challenges  Dr. Rama Mani (Senior Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies,University of Oxford)  

The Disempowering Power of 'Transitional Justice': Case Study of South Africa's Khulumani Support Group Tshepo Madlingozi (National Advocacy Coordinator,Khulumani Victim Support Group,South Africa) 

Trauma and Vengeance: Assessing The Psychological and Emotional Effects of Post-Conflict Justice Prof. David A. Mendeloff (Director, Centre for Security and Defence Studies, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University) 

Delivering Justice during Transition: Access to Justice and/or Transforming Justice Dr. Hugo van der Merwe (Transitional Justice Programme Manager, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa)  

The Elusive Quest for Reconciliation in Northern Uganda Prof. Dean E. Peachey (Visiting Professor in Transitional Justice Global College, University of Winnipeg, Canada) 

Reconciliation's Citizen: An Exploration of Post conflict Citizenship in the Multi-ethnic district of Brèko, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Briony Jones (OTJR Student Chair, PhD candidate in Development Studies, University of Manchester) 

Address by Minister Sekai Holland(Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Republic of Zimbabwe and Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration in the President's Office)  

A legal and historical study of post-WWII Singapore Trials: Death and suffering on the "hell-ships Dr. Cheah Wui Ling (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore) 

Truth and Reconciliation Process as a Method for Transitional Justice in Georgia  Anna V. Dolidze (Human Rights Lawyer, Republic of Georgia, Board Member, Center for Reparation of Victims of Repression by the Soviet Regime) 

Moving Away From the South African Model: Amnesties and Prosecutions in the Practice of 38 Truth Commissions Francesca Pizzutelli (Assistant Legal Adviser, International Justice Project, Amnesty International, United Kingdom) 

The end of impunity?- "Late Justice" and Post-transitional Prosecution in South and Central Americ Dr. Cath Collins (Professor of Politics, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile)  

Peace and Justice: Lessons from the Field Liz Evenson (Counsel, International Justice Program, Human Rights Watch)  

Rehabilitation of 'Traitors' as 'Resisters': a Neglected Theme in Transitional Justice Dr. Frédéric Mégret (Assistant Professor of Law, the Canada Research Chair on the Law of Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University)

Women and Transitional Justice - What Choice Between Peace and Justic?  Brigitte Mapendo (Director, Africa Initiative Programme, Democratic Republic of Congo)  

From Dictatorship to Reform. Transfiguring Land Access in Indonesia Laurens Bakker (Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University) 

Life (Stories) In Transition: A Methodological Approach to Study Political Transition And Transitional Justice From Below  Bert Ingelaere (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB), University of Antwerp) 

The Internal Logic of the Cosmos as 'Justice' and 'Reconciliation': Maya Q'eqchi' Perceptions from Post-conflict Guatemala  Lieselotte Viaene (PhD Researcher, Human RightsCentre, Ghent University, Belgium) 

When Local and Global Justice Meet: Field Findings from Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo Dr. Phil Clark (OTJR Convenor)  

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Posted: 26/06/2009

OTJR Conference, 26-28 June 2009

Podcasts from OTJR's conference, Taking Stock of Transitional Justice, can be accessed on our conference page.

Posted: 17/03/2009

15 Years After Genocide: Where Now for Rwanda?

Symposium held in conjunction with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and the European Studies Centre

Session 1- Genocide Memory and Complicity

Session 2- Domestic Justice and Governance

Dr. Phil Clark, "The Politics of Post-Genocide Justice and Reconciliation

Jean-Baptiste Kayigamba "The Failure of Post-Genocide Justice"

Session 3- Regional and International Impact of the Genocide

Zachary D. Kaufman "The Establishment of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda"

Bruno Versailles "Economic and Political Rationales for Aid Giving in Rwanda"

Dr. Devon Curtis "Peace- and State-Building in the Great Lakes Region"

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Posted: 28/01/2009

Justice after Atrocity: A Cosmopolitan Pluralist Approach

Why do ordinary people perpetrate genocide and crimes against humanity? How can these perpetrators be held accountable? Are international prosecutions effective? Is imprisonment a fitting punishment? This lecture explores the potential and limits of liberal criminal law as a method of accountability in the aftermath of atrocity.