ICTJ Congratulates Pablo de Greiff on Nomination for Special Rapporteur on Transitional Justice


NEW YORK, March 22, 2011—The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) congratulates Pablo de Greiff, director of ICTJ’s Research Unit, on the nomination as the first UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence of serious crimes and gross violations of human rights.

Laura Dupuy Lasserre, president of UN Human Rights Council, nominated de Greiff following an extensive and consultative selection process conducted since September 2011, when the position was established. ICTJ applauds leadership of Switzerland and Argentina in promoting this new and much needed mandate.

“I am delighted that Pablo de Greiff has been nominated for this important position. He brings with him a superb understanding of transitional justice, invaluable experience, and a unique vision of the possibilities within this mandate,” said David Tolbert, president of ICTJ.

The special rapporteur, operating under an independent mandate, will be a valuable new instrument to increase the visibility of transitional justice issues at the Human Rights Council. The mandate will include reporting and advising on normative frameworks, country situations, and practices related to transitional justice mechanisms.

In addition, the special rapporteur will recommend strategies to address serious crimes and human rights breaches. The resolution establishing the position calls for a victim-centered and a gender perspective to be integrated throughout the mandate.

Pablo de Greiff commands distinguished expertise in both the theory and practice of transitional justice. He contributed decisively to seminal works which helped define the field, including The Handbook of Reparations, Transitional Justice and Development: Making Connections, and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-combatants.

De Greiff participated in the drafting of the final report of the Stockholm Initiative on Disarmement, Demobilization and Reintegration, authored Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Reparations Programmes for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was an advisor to the World Bank on the process leading to the World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security, and Development. He has been an advisor to different transitional justice bodies in Peru, Guatemala, Morocco, Colombia, and the Philippines.

For Pablo de Greiff’s detailed biography, click here.

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