Briefing Paper

2/5/2018

When the Syrian people took to the streets in March 2011, nobody could have predicted that the ensuing crisis would become the largest international calamity in recent history. Syrians’ calls for freedom and justice, which rode the wave of revolutions in neighboring countries, have become enmeshed in a violent, protracted conflict that has changed the face of Syria and the course of politics in dozens of other states, doubtlessly influencing the way the world will deal with political, social, and humanitarian crises in the future.

Date published: 
Mon, 02/05/2018 - 09:16

12/1/2017

Corruption is often uncritically assumed to be part of the way things work in transitional and post-conflict countries. Corruption is even argued to be beneficial to development, in that it “greases the wheels of bureaucracy” and gets things done. Under pressure to establish short-term stability in post-conflict settings, peace-builders and negotiators will sometimes make deals with the power brokers who started the conflict, shopping out political positions and control over state assets while turning a blind eye to questionable control of public funds.

Date published: 
Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:00

11/21/2017

For decades, Kenyans have yearned for a police service that is accountable to the people and adheres to national laws and international human rights standards. The police stand accused of regularly meting out violence on the public, extra-judicial killings, and other human rights violations which are very rarely investigated or the perpetrators brought to account. The police further stand accused of abetting corruption, resulting in a debilitating impact on public trust. After the deadly crisis that followed the 2007 elections, where hundreds of Kenyans were killed as a result of excessive use of force by law enforcement, reforming the police became a national priority.

Date published: 
Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:58

11/16/2017

Actuellement, Haïti fait face à plusieurs défis concernant la corruption, l’État de droit et la stabilité du pays. La mise en place en avril 2017 de la Mission des Nations Unies pour l’appui à la justice en Haïti (MINUJUSTH) a pour but de contribuer aux efforts de l’État et de la société civile pour relever efficacement ces défis.

Date published: 
Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:12

11/16/2017

A new paper looks at the United Nations newly established mission in Haiti, examining its work. How will it seek to contribute to state and civil society efforts to effectively address challenges to stability, the rule of law, and corruption?

Date published: 
Thu, 11/16/2017 - 06:50

6/28/2017

The term reconciliation has long been associated with the field of transitional justice and is often presumed to be one of its goals. At the same time, reconciliation has been both controversial and vague as a concept, giving rise to different understandings and approaches. This paper presents possible understandings of the concept of reconciliation as well as its relationship to the field of transitional justice.

Date published: 
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:38

3/20/2017

Education, as a critically important institution that is widely considered to be both formative and transformative, is something that transitional justice cannot afford to overlook. Transitional justice in its early years did not directly engage with education, but today this has changed. The field has moved from discursively recognizing the importance of education (though placing it beyond the ambit of transitional justice practice temporally and philosophically) to trying to find models for active engagement with it. Education can interact with transitional justice mechanisms in a number of ways. Its structural importance as a site of justice or injustice places it within the ranks of institutions with whose reform transitional justice is concerned (alongside security sector and judicial institutions, among others). In addition, education can be both a form and site of reparations for past harms to individuals and groups. However, this hardly exhausts the potential scope of the possible interactions between these two sectors.

Date published: 
Mon, 03/20/2017 - 08:54

3/20/2017

This paper explores the power of a transitional justice approach to education reconstruction in post-conflict settings. Its central question is how the aims of transitional justice can guide educational reform processes after conflict or periods of massive human rights violations, with the final goal of helping to promote guarantees of nonrepetition. How does a transitional justice approach specifi cally contribute to peacebuilding through education?

Date published: 
Wed, 03/15/2017 - 08:30

10/26/2016

Selon la loi, la Côte d’Ivoire est tenue de fournir des réparations à la fois aux victimes de la crise qui a secoué le pays après les élections présidentielles de 2010 et celles des diff érents épisodes de violence politique et les confl its armés depuis 1990. Le respect de cet engagement démontrera la volonté de l’Etat à se lancer dans une nouvelle ère démocratique dans laquelle les droits de tous les citoyens ivoiriens sont respectés et garantis.

Date published: 
Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:59

10/26/2016

Selon la loi, la Côte d’Ivoire est tenue de fournir des réparations à la fois aux victimes de la crise qui a secoué le pays après les élections présidentielles de 2010 et celles des diff érents épisodes de violence politique et les confl its armés depuis 1990. Le respect de cet engagement démontrera la volonté de l’Etat à se lancer dans une nouvelle ère démocratique dans laquelle les droits de tous les citoyens ivoiriens sont respectés et garantis.

Date published: 
Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:41

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