Transitional Justice

CHRGJ’s Project on Transitional Justice brings together teaching, research, conferences, and student field work on criminal trials, truth commissions, institutional reform and reparations programs in transitional democracies, ranging from East Timor and Iraq to Sierra Leone and Peru and, most recently, those countries impacted by the “Arab Spring.”

The Project on Transitional Justice includes two seminar courses which examine both the conceptual underpinnings of this field and advanced issues in transitional justice. Pablo de Greiff, who concurrently serves as the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, directs the project and will teach the advanced seminar in the spring of 2016.

CHRGJ encourages student engagement with transitional justice issues through the Transitional Justice Leadership Program, and a comprehensive range of transitional justice fellowships, which enable students to undertake research and fieldwork on criminal trials, truth commissions, institutional reform and reparations programs in transitional democracies.

In collaboration with one of its key partner organizations, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), the Center also hosts the Annual Transitional Justice Lecture, which provides a prominent platform for distinguished persons working on transitional justice issues to deliver a scholarly paper on important developments in the field. Past speakers have included Prof. José Zalaquett, who delivered the inaugural Annual Lecture; the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour; the current President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; President emeritus of the Open Society Institute, Aryeh Neier, among others.