Report Launch: A Transitional Justice Approach to Foreign Fighters

Date and time: 
Monday, December 13, 2021 - 09:00 to 10:30

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) proudly presents the virtual launch of its new research report, “A Transitional Justice Approach to Foreign Fighters,” co-organized with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, on December 13, 2021, from 09:00 to 10:30 EST (15:00 to 16:30 CET). The event will be a Zoom webinar featuring a presentation of the report’s main findings followed by a discussion with experts and questions from audience members.

Registration is required, here.

In contexts such as Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Iraq, Somalia, and Syria, significant numbers of people have crossed national borders and become engaged with violent conflicts in which serious human rights violations and mass atrocities have been committed, including by designated terrorist groups, presenting a complex challenge for achieving justice, security, and peace.

ICTJ’s report contends that in these contexts transitional justice can be a critical means of addressing such violations. By offering strategies, insights, and lessons, it can help to develop a comprehensive and coordinated set of responses that are adequate to the nature and scale of the crimes; address the needs, interests, and contributions of a wide range of different stakeholders, above all victims; and facilitate long-term prevention by breaking cycles of violence and recruitment.

The report makes recommendations for foreign fighters’ countries of origin, countries affected by conflict and abuse, and the international community. It addresses the challenges and opportunities for transitional justice in contexts of terrorism and serious violations of international law, emphasizing the ways in which it can help states to effectively meet their obligations to respect and guarantee human rights as a cornerstone for peacebuilding.

We look forward to an enriching discussion on the role of transitional justice in confronting the complex dilemmas that practitioners and policymakers face in contexts in which foreign fighters are present.


Opening Remarks

  • Fernando Travesí, Executive Director, ICTJ
  • Stephan Husy, Ambassador-at-Large for International Counter-Terrorism, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland

Presentation of Research Report and Expert Discussion

  • Cristián Correa, Senior Program Expert, ICTJ
  • Agatha Ndonga, Head of Office, ICTJ Kenya
  • Hanny Megally, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, NYU Center on International Cooperation, and Commissioner, UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria
  • Cecilia Naddeo, Legal Officer and Coordinator for Legal and Criminal Justice Issues, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate


  • Roger Duthie, Senior Research Expert, ICTJ
  • Dr. Céline Glutz, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser, Counterterrorism Coordination, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland