Nov 13, 2015
12:30pm - 2:00pm    |    Wilf 5th Floor Conference Room, 139 MacDougal Street, New York, NY

Light snacks will be served, please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Register here. Attendance is limited. Papers will be distributed to registered attendees only, via email.

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) invites students and scholars to attend the Transitional Justice and Human Rights Writers Workshop to discuss NYU law students’ draft papers related to transitional justice, human rights, and other international law topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide writing and research suggestions, and engage in discussions on the issues of international law that the papers cover.

The series of workshops, which includes several brown bag lunches throughout this semester and the spring semester, is designed to provide NYU law students with an informal opportunity to receive constructive feedback from their peers and from CHRGJ staff about draft papers. The workshop is meant to be a space to discuss existing works-in-progress, not a call for students to create new projects. There is no need to attend all the sessions, although regular participation is welcome.

This week the following papers will be presented:

The Relevance of Victim’s Organizations in Fact Finding process. The Case of the “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” in Argentina.

Valeria Vegh Weis

During the 27th session of the Human Rights Council, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, emphasized the “importance of the participation of victims in judicial processes”. This paper looks in more detail at what such participation can consist of. It takes the case of the “Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo” (APM), and explores how this group has played a role in the fact-finding process of the crimes committed in Argentina during the last dictatorship (1976-1983). The paper asks how the participation of APM activists in the fours measures of the Argentinean Transitional Justice process has mitigated the effects of the fact that there was neither official investigation, nor prosecution of the agents involved in the sequesters, until the recent nullification of the amnesties (2003). Moreover, the paper focuses in the role of APM after the nullification, when they continue helping in the judicial process, through the permanent input of information of the possible location of their grandchildren, as claiming part. Finally, the paper formulates some tentative recommendations regarding the modalities of victim participation in the judicial process.

The Unique Challenge and Potential of Transitional Justice Mechanism of Canada to Achieve Reconciliation within Canadian Society

Michele Krech

Abstract will be provided soon


Papers will be sent to people on the RSVP list five days on beforehand.



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