Transitional Justice and Peace
Credits: 4 ECTS
Transitional justice mechanisms are widely used to address human rights atrocities and acts of mass violence. They are increasingly widely used at times of transition, whether from war to peace or from dictatorships to democracies. These mechanisms are also being incorporated into actors’ expectations. For example, the presence of bodies such as the International Criminal court affects when and how conflict parties negotiate for peace. As such, transitional justice has an impact on global governance, conflict resolution, peace and reconciliation, the politics of memory, and more. The course traces the evolution of transitional justice, examines the different measures used and their impacts, and assesses possible future developments. The course also examines the role of transitional justice in contributing to peace.
This class is founded on student involvement and class discussion. Each week I will present theory and background of the topic of study for that week. I will also present one or more case studies that are emblematic of the topic. A small group of students will then present a position on the discussion topic and a student will respond as discussant. These students will then lead a class discussion where all students are expected to contribute, drawing on the readings, the case studies and the position presentation and discussant’s contributions. Students are expected to contribute to participate actively in class discussions as well as read the materials provided before class.
Evaluation will be based on:
- Position presentation – 40%
- Discussant – 20%
- Written work on position question – 40%
These three elements must be taken from different classes.
Note on the course: This course deals with how societies emerge from conflict and repression. Topics can be unsettling, including genocide, war crimes and sexual attacks in war. If you anticipate that any topic may upset you, please contact me in advance. Likewise, if you feel upset following any of the class topics, please contact me and we can make alternative arrangements.