Jul 15, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf 5th Floor Conference Room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, NY

Valid ID and RSVP required. RSVP here or email Audrey.Watne@nyu.edu. Lunch will be provided.

Transitional justice is coming under increasing pressure to address the socioeconomic dimensions of conflict and widespread violence. The mechanisms, practices, and actors associated with the field are questioned for not engaging sufficiently with violations of economic, social, and cultural rights and neglecting the role of economic factors. Marcos Zunino delves into the history of practices of what is now called transitional justice to unearth instances where socioeconomic issues took central stage. From the Allied post-World War II policy to prosecute German industrialists to the work of unofficial opinion tribunals the talk examines different ways in which state and non-state actors have already grappled with structural violence, inequality, and violations of social and economic rights. Zunino’s exploration of the past serves a dual purpose. In the first place, it shows how transitional justice mechanisms can effectively engage with socioeconomic issues. But it also underscores that some historical approaches for responding to human rights violations have not yet received much attention.

About the speaker:

Marcos Zunino is a Scholar in Residence at CHRGJ. He is an Argentine lawyer who is currently researching the origin and development of transitional justice with an emphasis on socioeconomic rights. He worked for many years in the judiciary in Buenos Aires where he was involved in cases related to Argentina’s dictatorship and the litigation of economic and social rights. Since then, he has spent time working at the International Center for Transitional Justice in Geneva, ARTICLE 19 in London and Chambers of the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Mr. Zunino holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires as well as a Masters in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Australia. He graduated from both degrees with distinction. He is currently completing his PhD in Law at the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Cambridge International Scholarship.

Mr. Zunino’s work has appeared in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, the Cambridge Law Journal and leading Argentine legal journals. His research interests include transitional justice, human rights, and international criminal law.

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