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31 March - 2 April 2020
Application start 23 September 2019
Application end 22 March 2020
Fee: 1150 Swiss Francs

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Confronting the Truth: The Functions, Practices and Challenges of Truth Commissions

Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Central Park. A pedestrian is looking at portraits of missing persons during the International Day of Missing Persons. Returned migrants and relatives of the missing painted a moveable mural. Honduras, Tegucigalpa, Central Park. A pedestrian is looking at portraits of missing persons during the International Day of Missing Persons. Returned migrants and relatives of the missing painted a moveable mural.

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Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. In countries as varied as Peru, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Kenya and Brazil, truth commissions have been set up to investigate the patterns of past human rights violations.

This short course will provide a comprehensive, multidimensional and practical examination of this transitional justice mechanism, shedding light on both its aims and the practical challenges it has met or is likely to meet. It will address practically relevant questions about why to set up a truth commission and what role such an institution may play in addressing serious individually and collectively suffered wrongdoing. At the same time, the course will directly engage with relevant questions about how to set up a truth commission, when and by whom.

Audience

This short course forms part of the Geneva Academy MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to professionals – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, professionals working in emergency situations, UN staff and staff from other international organizations – who are not enrolled in the MTJ and who want to deepen their expertise in this specific issue.

Certificate

Participants obtain a certificate at the end of the course (no ECTS credits are gained).

Fee

The fee for this short course is 1,150 Swiss Francs. In case of cancellation by the participants, CHF 200 won't be returned.

How to Apply

Applications for this short course must be submitted via the online form. If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us.

Your application will need to include:

  • A short motivation letter (no more than one page)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Proof of your competence in English (a certificate or statement highlighting your solid background in English)
  • A valid copy of your visa or residence permit (only applicants who require a visa to enter the Schengen area).

Once admitted to the course, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the course.

Professor and Lecturer

Portrait of Howard Varney

Howard Varney

Practicing Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar and Senior Programme Adviser at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

Howard Varney's areas of expertise include investigations, prosecutions, institutional reform and reparations.

Location

Geneva Academy, Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Sécheron

Access for People with Disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info[at]geneva-academy.ch

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