Pablo de Greiff

Director, Project on Transitional Justice  (email)

Pablo de Greiff was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to serve as the first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence in 2012.

He was the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice from 2001 to 2014.

Born in Colombia, he graduated from Yale University (B.A.) and from Northwestern University (Ph.D.). Before joining ICTJ, he was an associate professor with tenure in the Philosophy department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught ethics and political theory. He was Laurance S. Rockefeller fellow at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and held a concurrent fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

De Greiff is the editor or coeditor of ten books, including Jürgen Habermas’s The Inclusion of the Other (MIT Press, 1998), Global Justice and Transnational Politics (MIT Press, 2002), Las Razones de la Justicia A Festschrift for Thomas McCarthy (México: UNAM, 2006), and in areas related to transitional justice, The Handbook of Reparations (Oxford, 2006), Transitional Justice and Development: Making Connections (SSRC, 2009), and Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-combatants (SSRC, 2010), among others.  De Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law, and is in the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and of several book series related to the topic.  His articles include “Theorizing Transitional Justice,” in Transitional Justice, NOMOS, vol. LI,  Melissa Williams, Rosemary Nagy, and Jon Elster, eds. (NYU Press, 2012).

He has lectured extensively, including at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, NYU, the European University Institute, and universities across Europe and Latin America.

De Greiff contributed to the drafting of the final report of the Stockholm Initiative on DDR, authored the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Rule-of-Law Tools for Post-Conflict States: Reparations Programmes 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.

As Special Rapporteur he has presented three thematic reports to the human rights council (on a comprehensive approach to transitional justice, on truth commissions, and on prosecutorial strategies) and three to the General Assembly (on transitional justice and the rule of law, on transitional justice and development, and on reparations).  Additionally, he has presented country visit reports (Tunisia, Spain, and Uruguay).   His next country visit is to Burundi.  (Reports are available at

De Greiff is on the Advisory Board of the Open Society’s Justice Initiative, and of the International Center for Transitional Justice.