Watch a video of our online discussion on the future of transitional justice
In the aftermath of the Cold War, there has been a growing willingness to address human rights violations and war crimes following periods of violent conflict or authoritarian rule. Transitional justice mechanisms, such as truth commissions, criminal tribunals and reparation programs have thus become crucial elements of democratisation and peacebuilding processes. Adapting to different political, social and cultural environments, the field has broadened its thinking and practice in recent years. More attention is now paid to the role of the private sector and corruption, the empowerment of survivor groups, healing and memorialisation, as well as measures to prevent future human rights violations. At the same time, state and civil society actors alike have to navigate in complex contexts and protracted conflicts such as Colombia, Mali, Syria and Iraq, and not every effort has proven successful. With the war in Ukraine and a re-emerging polarisation of the international system, collaborative and inclusive approaches to peace and justice face additional challenges.
Against this background, we invite you to the first event of the Global Learning Hub for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation with longstanding experts. This dialogue raises the following questions about the field of transitional justice:
- What has been achieved in the past decades – and where do we stand today?
- What lessons have we learnt so far – and how can we contribute to transformative change in protracted conflicts?
- What needs to be improved, changed – or avoided? What is the future role of the international community?
Find a graphic recording summarising the main arguments raised at the event here.
Transitioning to the future
What's next for transitional justice in challenging times?
The event was held in English.
Welcome remarks by Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation and Jochen Steinhilber, Director General: Displacement; Crisis Prevention; Civil Society, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Mô Bleeker, Independent Advisor; Former Special Envoy Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Pablo de Greiff, Director Transitional Justice Program, New York University; UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine
- Habib Nassar, Director of Policy and Research, Impunity Watch
Moderated by Natascha Zupan, Head of the Global Learning Hub for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation, Berghof Foundation.
Global Learning Hub for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
The Global Learning Hub for Transitional Justice and Reconciliation is a joint initiative of the Berghof Foundation and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, in collaboration with partners from Germany and across the world. Set up in early 2022, the Hub advances approaches to transitional justice and dealing with the past and builds bridges between policy and practice. To this end, we will bring people together to learn from each other, we will substantiate, generate and disseminate knowledge, and we will provide advice.
Please note that the event will be recorded using the cloud-based recording tool within the Zoom.us platform (using cloud servers based in the U.S.) and might be published on the Berghof Foundation’s website and social media channels for external communications purposes. You can find the Berghof Foundation’s data protection notice here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Berghof Foundation's Data Protection Officer (email@example.com).
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