Minerva Jerusalem Conferences on Transitional Justice – Jerusalem

Written by OSULEGALSCHOLARSHIP   // December 4, 2013   // Comments Off

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The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of the Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law hosts the annual Minerva Jerusalem Conferences on Transitional Justice on May 25-26, 2014. The conference “seeks to explore the role of civil society in developing and implementing transitional justice processes, particularly in the context of ongoing conflicts.”

Proposal deadline: December 31, 2013. Full or partial flight and accommodation expenses are available for presenters.  Proposals should be one- or two-pages and should include a one-page CV. Sumbissions should be sent to mchr[@]savion.huji.ac.il. Short drafts of 7,000-10,000 words based on the selected proposals will be expected by May 1, 2014. im

Civil society has a vital, though often under-acknowledged, role in developing transitional justice mechanisms, institutions and concepts. Over the past three decades civil society organizations have set the agenda for transitional justice policies, promoted, supported and developed mechanisms and interventions, acted as advocates and critics of local and international institutions, and helped in developing the theoretical, legal and conceptual framework of transitional justice. From local grassroots organizations like the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to international networks like the Coalition for the ICC, civil society organizations have been central in struggles for justice, truth and accountability across various contexts, while other civil society groups have been key actors in efforts of reconciliation, inter-community dialogue and conflict-transformation.

Indeed it is impossible to envisage the contemporary landscape of transitional justice without the role of civil society actors. At the same time there has not been sufficient academic reflection on the contribution of civil society to transitional justice, and dialogues between academia and civil society are not common enough. The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law will hold a 2-day international conference on 25-26 May 2014 to explore comparative and theoretical lessons and insights drawn from the experience of civil society actors. The conference will discuss the various goals and methods of civil society actors struggling for transitional justice; their interactions with formal transitional justice mechanisms; their impact, successes and failures; and the practical and ideological dilemmas and challenges they face.

One of the conference’s main goals is to facilitate local learning and discussion in relation to civil society and transitional justice in the Israeli-Palestinian context. The conference therefore seeks to examine in particular the roles that civil society has fulfilled and can fulfill in ongoing conflicts,
and possible implementations in the Israeli-Palestinian context of theoretical, historical, and comparative insights about the role of civil society in developing transitional justice mechanisms, institutions and concepts.


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