ICTJ Announces Online Course on Prevention and Transitional Justice


New York, January 21, 2022—The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) will host an online course, entitled “Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice,” from March 14 through 18, 2022. Prevention has emerged as a top priority on international policy agendas for sustainable peace and development and global governance, and understanding the preventive capacity of transitional justice is more imperative than ever. This course provides a timely overview of the conceptual and practical links between justice and prevention, drawing on specific country experiences.

The course will explore practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention, including experiences from Colombia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Peru, South Africa, Syria, Central African Republic, and the Philippines, among others. The aim is to give course participants a firm grounding in transitional justice and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violations, violence, and violent conflict. ‘The topics were well distributed to touch the most relevant aspects of transitional justice and give us a base to further develop,” explained a participant in last year’s course.

For over a decade, ICTJ has offered a one-week in-person course in Barcelona in partnership with the Barcelona International Peace Center. In recent years, the course has engaged participants in an in-depth examination of the relationship between transitional justice and the notion of prevention. In 2021 and 2022, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was reconceived as an interactive virtual platform. The course is a combination of online lectures, breakout room discussions, case study reviews, and peer exchanges. It involves 15 hours of online participation during five consecutive weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm Eastern time, plus three hours for a group assignment outside the course hours.

Instructors include top-level experts and practitioners, such as Ruben Carranza, Cristian Correa, Roger Duthie, Virginie Ladisch, Kelli Muddell, Anna Myriam Roccatello, Fernando Travesí, and Howard Varney, as well as guest speakers. The program is especially designed for staff in multilateral agencies, governments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and universities, and others working in the human rights, peacebuilding, and development fields or in conflict and post-conflict contexts around the world.

“The course exceeded my expectations with a diversity and in-depth expertise of engaged experts as well as the volume of useful study materials,” said another 2021 course participant.

 For more information and to register, click here.

PHOTO: A young participant in a peace and theater workshop in San Vicente del Caguán, Caquetá, Colombia, wears a T-shirt that reads “Colombia in peace.” (Maria Margarita Rivera/ICTJ)