Jul 29, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf Hall 5th Floor Conference Room, 139 MacDougal St, NYC

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

Dr. Tine Destrooper examines how a transitional justice process that is rooted in local realities can alter structural opportunities for women’s organizations operating in war-torn societies, and how it can create legitimacy for place-based types of social activism in the post-conflict period. She shows that in Guatemala, the transitional justice process significantly altered the relation between local women’s organizations and international donors in three fundamental ways. It empowered women activists to take ownership of their struggle for women’s rights and to organize around their own concrete experiences; it created a degree of peer pressure for international donors to acknowledge place-based practices; and it systematized knowledge on place-based practices. In her presentation, Dr. Destrooper will proffer a case for embedding the transitional justice process more firmly in the local context, as well as a caution against the ongoing institutionalization and formalization of the field of transitional justice.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Tine Destrooper is a Scholar in Residence at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Her work involves research on the local relevance of human rights, with a focus on the right to water, as well as the gender dimensions of these issues. She is also currently working on several papers regarding the local relevance of transitional justice processes. Dr. Destrooper obtained her Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, where she specialized in the relationship between armed conflict, social movements and gender. Before she studied at University College London and the University of Brussels, where she completed a Master in Politics, Security and Integration and a Bachelor in European Politics. Dr. Destrooper has worked as post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leiden and as an intern at the United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior. She is also the author of several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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