ICTJ Course on Transitional Justice for Government Officials & Staff of International Institutions

Date and time: 
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 23:30 to Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 03:00
The Hague


As a leading organization in transitional justice policy and practice, ICTJ is pleased to announce an intensive course for governmental officials and staff of international institutions to be held May 25-28, 2015 at The Hague. ICTJ’s latest course focuses on preparing policy-makers to develop their expertise in the field of transitional justice.

Transitional justice is a complex and sometimes confusing field. Building on the success of past trainings, the focus of this course will be to provide professionals with an understanding of the basics of transitional justice—such as prosecutions, truth-seeking, reform measures and reparations—and to guide participants in an engaging and practical discussion on how it pertains to their work.

“This course is an exciting opportunity that allows policy makers and experts from governments and international institutions to develop their knowledge. They will be able to exchange ideas with each other as well as hear from some of the most experienced practitioners in the field,” said ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils.

“We are also delighted to welcome a number of truly outstanding individuals as guests. We hope to have a week that will be inspirational and rewarding.”

Officials from Netherlands, Finland, UK, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, OHCHR and the International Criminal Court (ICC) will attend the four-day course.

Beyond the major themes and challenges of transitional justice, the course will address national prosecutions in depth, from issues related to national ownership, restoring trust in the judicial system, selection and prioritization, and amnesties. Participants will also explore the relationships between transitional justice, reparations, transformation and development. Truth-seeking, questions about gender justice, reform and non-recurrence and the relationship between transitional justice and conflict resolution will also be discussed.

ICTJ staff will be joined by guest lectures from international experts Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, Christian Tomuschat, and Alvaro de Soto. Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, President of the ICC, will lead a discussion on national experiences in Argentina and the role of the ICC in the fight against impunity. Judge Fernandez was a key figure in the drafting of the Rome Statute as well as serving in senior positions in Argentina’s foreign ministry, including as Director General of Human Rights.

Christian Tomuschat, former Chair of the Guatemalan Historical Clarification Commission, will also make a presentation during the course. Since 2013, Tomuschat has been the president of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Alvaro de Soto will discuss the conundrum of pursuing peace after massive human rights abuses have occurred.. During his career at the UN, de Soto led the 1990-1991 negotiations that ended the civil war in El Salvador, served as the Secretary-General’s special advisor on Cyprus from 1999 to 2004, and held the post of Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process from 2005 to 2007.

How to Attend

Registration for this training is closed.

PHOTO: Binnenhoff, The Hague. (Christoper A. Dominic/Flickr)