Apr 25, 2013
12:30pm - 1:30pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall Room 218 , 40 Washington Sq. South

Thursday, April 25, 12:30pm, Vanderbilt Hall Room 218 (40 Washington Sq. South) – Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP here: http://bit.ly/14PXcth

On Thursday, April 25, NYU Adjunct Professor of Law Paul van Zyl and NYU Visiting Faculty Member Zachary D. Kaufman will compare transitional justice in South Africa and Rwanda.  “Transitional justice” refers to both the process and objectives of societies employing judicial and/or non-judicial mechanisms to address past or even ongoing genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations.  In response to apartheid, South Africa established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  In response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the UN Security Council established the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and Rwanda itself implemented various transitional justice mechanisms, including gacaca, a revived and revised traditional conflict resolution system.

Professor van Zyl is the Director of CHRGJ’s Transitional Justice Program and was the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s TRC.  Dr. Kaufman is the editor of After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond, and has worked on transitional justice issues at the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the ICTR, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the International Criminal Court.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, Law Students for Human Rights, the African Law Association, the International Law Society, Stern in Africa, Wagner Student Association for Africa, and the NYU undergraduate African Students Union.



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