Spring School

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Addressing Cutting-Edge Issues in Transitional Justice

The programme includes the Transitional Justice Spring School, a special one-week course that discusses cutting-edge issues in transitional justice. The two last editions (2017 and 2018) focused on the role of memory and culture in transitional processes). Students obtain credits for their participation in Spring School.

In line with the programme’s objective to connect theory and practice, the Spring School is delivered by leading scholars and practitioners. It is held in Spring Semester and is also open to external participants.

2018 Spring School: Transitional Justice, Memory and Culture

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

I had pretty high expectations for the Spring School but being here exceeded these expectations. The presenters have been amazing. It’s really been an incredible experience. It broadened my world view, it solidified my passion for this field of work and I am incredibly grateful that I was able to come.

Melissa Buys

High School History Teacher in Durban, South Africa

Spring Term Tracks

During the Spring Semester, three different tracks – Thematic Focus, Clinical Work or Academic Research – allow students to tailor their studies according to their particular interests.

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Study Trip

In the second semester students have the opportunity to go on a study trip to learn about leading institutions and organizations active in the field of transitional justice.

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Our events provide a critical and scholarly forum for experts and practitioners to debate topical humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice issues.

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Career Opportunities

Our objective is to produce graduates who will be leaders in the humanitarian, human rights and transitional justice fields.

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