2020 Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice

Date and time: 
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 09:00 to Friday, February 5, 2021 - 12:00
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Location: 
Virtual
Registration: 
Open

The International Center for Transitional Justice is pleased to announce the Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice to be held in virtually.

Overview

The notion of prevention is a major priority in the current global policy agenda. In 2016, the UN General Assembly and the Security Council issued twin resolutions on sustaining peace, emphasizing the need to prevent conflict rather than react to it. In 2018, the UN Secretary General released a report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, and the UN and World Bank published a major study on preventing violent conflict. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals included in Goal 16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies the targets of reducing all forms of violence. In 2019, the high-level international Task Force on Justice emphasized the role of justice and prevention in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Transitional justice challenges the causes and addresses the consequences of massive human rights violations by affirming the dignity of victims, fighting impunity for those responsible, promoting responsive institutions, and fostering social, political, institutional, and legal reforms to rebuild social trust and social cohesion. It is aimed at breaking cycles of abuse and laying the foundations for peace, justice, and inclusion. Transitional justice has always sought to prevent the violations of the past from happening again, particularly through the principle of guarantees of non-recurrence. Exactly how efforts to address the past can help societies to avoid future violations, however, is an under-explored part of the field. Furthermore, it is even less clear, and more contested, whether and how transitional justice can help to prevent violence and violent conflict more broadly.

Asking such questions has become more urgent as the idea of prevention has been prioritized by the international community. This course therefore provides a timely overview of the conceptual links between justice and prevention and explores them in detail through specific country experiences. It will ask a series of questions aimed at unpacking the concept of prevention and exploring its relationship to transitional justice:

  • How can transitional justice help to prevent the recurrence of all types of human rights violations, violent conflict, state repression, violent extremism, genocide, gender-based violence, displacement, and corruption?
  • What are the specific pathways of change—such as minimizing grievances, fostering inclusion, understanding root causes, and facilitating long-term change—through which addressing the legacies of the past contributes to a more peaceful future?
  • What roles do different actors such as the state, civil society, donors, and international organizations play in using justice processes to avoid the return of injustice?
  • How do contextual conditions—institutional, political, economic, and cultural—limit or facilitate the effectiveness of transitional justice as an approach to prevention?
  • How should transitional justice fit within broader efforts to promote prevention and sustaining peace?

The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country experiences to be discussed may include Colombia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Peru, South Africa, Syria, Central African Republic, Morocco, and the Philippines. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violations, violence, and violent conflict.

Logistics

For over a decade, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) has offered a one-week in-person course in Barcelona in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Center on “Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice,” which engages participants in an in-depth examination of the relationship between transitional justice and the notion of prevention. This year, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course is being reformulated as an interactive virtual platform.

In responding to the legacies and causes of massive human rights violations, transitional justice has always sought to prevent them from happening again, particularly through the principle of guarantees of non-recurrence. Exactly how efforts to address the past can help societies to avoid future violations, however, is an under-explored part of the field. Furthermore, it is even less clear, and more contested, whether and how transitional justice can help to prevent violence and violent conflict more broadly. In recent years, asking such questions has become more urgent as the idea of prevention has been prioritized in the current global policy agenda, particularly by the UN’s focus on sustaining peace and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. This course therefore provides a timely overview of the conceptual links between justice and prevention and explores them in detail through specific country experiences.

The course runs from Monday, February 1 through Friday, February 5, 2020 and involves 15 hours of online participation during 5 consecutive weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm Eastern time. The course format includes a combination of online lectures, breakout room discussions, case studies, and peer exchange of experiences. We have reformulated the course’s sessions, shortening our schedule to allow participants more flexibility with their personal and professional schedules. It will be taught in English and a high proficiency level is required to fully benefit from attendance. Space will be limited.

Instructors include top level experts and practitioners, such as Ruben Carranza, Cristian Correa, Roger Duthie, Pablo de Greiff, Virginie Ladisch, Kelli Muddell, Anna Myriam Roccatello, Andrew Songa, Enrica Picco, and Fernando Travesi, among other guest speakers. The program is targeted at staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, universities, and others involved in peacebuilding, conflict, and post-conflict contexts around the world.

Due to the pandemic, ICTJ is subsidizing part of the course costs reducing its fee to US$ 800.00 (eight hundred dollars).

Apply

To apply, please complete form here.

Deadline for applications is Monday, January 11, 2021.

For more information about the application, or any other inquiries, please email Kelen Meregali at kmeregali@ictj.org.