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19-23 March 2018
Application start 27 August 2017
Application end 12 March 2018
Fee: 1530 Swiss Francs

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Transitional Justice Spring School: Transitional Justice, Memory and Culture

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Descriptive

The challenge of dealing with the aftermath of violent conflict continues to trouble countries throughout the world. In response to that challenge, the ever-expanding field of transitional justice proposes a range of practical measures to potentially assist societies emerging from oppressive rule or armed conflict.

So far, however, relatively little attention has been paid to the role of memory, history and culture in transitional processes. What roles can culture as ‘memory work’ play in contexts of transitional justice? Do cultural initiatives such as public memorials, theater performances, film screenings and photo exhibitions ‘work’ as avenues for coming to terms with the past and preventing future atrocities? What is the role of education and history in processes of social transformation? Is there a duty to preserve memory, and what is the potential contribution of archives in this respect? What are some of the practical challenges faced by memorialization efforts around the world?

The Transitional Justice Spring School 2018 aims to address these complex questions through an interdisciplinary, comprehensively structured high-quality one-week programme featuring leading experts.

Professors and Lecturers

Professors and lecturers are leading experts and practitioners in the fields of transitional justice, memory and the role of culture and history in transitions. Cultural and social actors will also intervene in the Spring School. The list presented below is subject to change.

Audience

The Transitional Justice Spring School forms part of the Geneva Academy Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ). It is open to external participants – diplomats, lawyers, legal advisers, judges, NGO staff, human rights advocates, media specialists, UN staff and staff from other international organizations, and academics and students interested in the topic – 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 Spring School (no ECTS credits).

Fee

The fee for attending the Transitional Justice Spring School 2018 is 1,530 Swiss Francs.

The fee includes tuition costs, course materials, lunch and refreshments during coffee breaks.

The fee is payable as soon as your place has been confirmed.

Places are limited. Please note that participation can only be secured through the payment of the fee.

All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees and evening meals (approximately 30 Swiss Francs per meal).

How to Apply

Applications for the Spring School must be submitted via an 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 spring school, participants receive instructions on how to pay. Proof of payment is required before you begin the spring school.

Professors and Lecturers

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Robert Roth

Director of the Geneva Academy and Professor of International Criminal Law at the University of Geneva

Robert Roth is a leading expert on international criminal justice and international criminal law, as well as human rights, and has published extensively on these issues.

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Frank Haldemann

Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Frank Haldemann's expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy.

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Regula Ludi

Lecturer at the University of Fribourg and University of Zurich

Regula Ludi is an expert on subjects including gender studies, the history of crime in the nineteenth century, Swiss refugee policy in the Nazi era, Roma and Sinti, Holocaust legacies and the gendered nature of representations of the past.

Professor Safferling

Christoph J. M. Safferling

Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Christoph J. M. Safferling is Professor at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he holds the chair for criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law.

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Mô Bleeker

Special Envoy and Head of the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, and Special Envoy on Peace and Human Security, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Mô Bleeker has worked for more than 35 years in societies engaged in a process of transition from war to peace in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, Central, North and West Africa.

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Pierre Hazan

Special Adviser on Transitional Justice at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Editorial Adviser at JusticeInfo.net and Associate Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

Pierre Hazan a leading expert in transitional justice, international justice, humanitarian action and the role of media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones.

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Elisabeth Baumgartner

Co-Head of the Dealing with the Past Programme at Swisspeace

Elisabeth Baumgartner is a lawyer specialized in international criminal law and transitional justice. Since 2011, she is the co-head of the Dealing with the Past programme at swisspeace.

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Thomas Unger

Senior Researcher and Co-Director of the Master in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Thomas Unger has more than 15 year of expertise in the field of transitional justice, notably as the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Location

Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, Direction Jardin Botanique - 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@geneva-academy.ch

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