About Us

The International Center for Transitional Justice is an international non-profit organization specializing in the field of transitional justice.

ICTJ works to help societies in transition address legacies of massive human rights violations and build civic trust in state institutions as protectors of human rights.

In the aftermath of mass atrocity and repression, we assist institutions and civil society groups—the people who are driving and shaping change in their societies—in considering measures to provide truth, accountability, and redress for past abuses.

We do this by providing technical expertise and knowledge of relevant comparative experiences in transitional justice from across the globe.

  1. We advise state institutions and policymakers at the local, national, and international level.

    ICTJ provides technical assistance to governments, the justice sector, the UN and other international bodies. We highlight the responsibility of states to address past violations and help set out concrete ways to do this. We work worldwide.

  2. We work with victims’ groups and communities, human rights activists, women’s organizations and others in civil society with a justice agenda.

    ICTJ advises and helps build capacity on specific initiatives and strategies with victims and their representatives, on a range of transitional justice approaches—including criminal prosecutions, reparations initiatives, truth-seeking, memorialization.

  3. We research, analyze, and report on transitional justice developments worldwide.

    Our research aims to bolster knowledge of successes and failures in the field, promote innovation, and inform best practice. We share this knowledge locally, regionally and internationally, in the form of publications, policy recommendations, working sessions and international convenings. Browse the publications library or learn more about our research projects.

We work to ensure local ownership of the transition process, prioritize the needs and interests of victims, and to build confidence in the rule of law in society at large.

Some recent examples of our work:

  • We are working with partners in Tunisia to inform members of government bodies and judiciary tasked with investigating human rights violations of the former regime about relevant transitional justice practices employed elsewhere.
  • We worked actively with the World Bank to address relationships between justice, security and development in the 2011 World Development Report.
  • We have provided technical assistance to Argentine prosecutors in helping to organize, prioritize, and provide public information about the significant number of pending prosecutions for abuses during the “dirty war” and supported analysis of why gender based crimes were slow to surface in criminal cases there.
  • We coordinated with several NGOs in Peru to help victims from rural communities engage with government on their demand for reparations, and provided technical advice to government agencies and advocates on compensation.
  • We analyzed the pitfalls of the de-Baathification process in Iraq and published research on lessons learned in several countries from vetting public servants involved in human rights abuses.
  • Building on the momentum of 2010’s Rome Statute Review Conference, ICTJ brought together ICC officials, justice experts, and development actors to address complementarity—how to take practical steps to support domestic prosecutions of international crimes. In Uganda, DRC, Colombia, Argentina, and other countries we are working with justice actors to further this objective.
  • In Burma, we trained local activists in documentation of human rights abuses for future use in demanding accountability. With ICTJ’s help, the Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma has built a database of over 3,000 records of human rights violations.