In Focus

19/05/2021 - 19/05/2021

Join the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project for an online virtual forum to explore how the tools and techniques of transitional justice can support truth and reconciliation efforts in the state and set an example for the nation.


This briefing paper examines how transitional justice approaches can guide the discussion around dismantling systemic racism in the United States to focus on root causes of violence and racial injustice. Drawing from relevant experiences internationally and within the United States, it provides ideas for what steps can be taken to advance acknowledgment, redress harms linked to the legacy of slavery, reform institutions, and prevent future recurrences.

Date published: 
Mon, 04/26/2021 - 10:38
Head of Office, Colombia


A significant portion of Colombian society has been indifferent to the pain of those who lived through the war in the flesh. Some have even denied the existence of an internal armed conflict. This is why it is necessary for us to recount our early and recent history. A new, more comprehensive and nuanced narrative must emerge from the testimonies of victims, responsible parties, and even spectators of this unending war. 

Head of Program, Libya


With a special court that has yet to open a trial and a truth commission that is not up and running, international attention on victims in the Central African Republic is waning. Since 2015, the unfulfilled promises of justice made to these victims have failed to address their daily realities and needs for immediate moral, physical, and material reparations, writes Rim El Gantri, one of the authors of a recent study by ICTJ and Cordaid.

26/04/2021 - 26/04/2021

ICTJ, the American Society of International Law, and the Anti-Black Racism Initiative at the University of Maryland cordially invite you to a panel discussion for the launch of ICTJ’s briefing paper, The Color of Justice: Transitional Justice and the Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the United States. Join ICTJ, together with Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Brookings Institution’s Dr. Andre Perry and Dr. Rashawn Ray, for a discussion on the growing demand for racial justice and how to make the most of this window of opportunity to dismantle systemic racism in the US, provide reparations, and advance reforms.

Head of Office, Côte d’Ivoire


On March 31, 2021, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court upheld the Trial Chamber I’s acquittal of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé of all charges relating to crimes against humanity they allegedly committed during Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 post-election crisis. While the acquittal may be frustrating to many pursuing justice and accountability in Côte d’Ivoire, a silver lining is that it could mean tangible benefits for victims.