Thomas Unger

Thomas Unger

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

Areas of expertise

International Human Rights Law  /  International Criminal Law  /  Transitional Justice  /  Functions of Criminal Justice in Post Conflict Situations  /  Multilateral Diplomacy  /  Truth-Seeking and Archives  /  Victim Participation

Thomas Unger is a researcher on transitional justice at the Geneva Academy and Co-Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. He is the former Senior Adviser to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

With more than 15 years of expertise in the field of transitional justice, he was previously a legal adviser on human rights and international humanitarian law to the Austrian Foreign Ministry, and a senior associate of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). He also worked as a legal system monitor with the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, and as a legal clerk with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Thomas Unger holds a degree in Law from the University of Vienna, an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law and a Master’s in Human Rights and Democratization from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (Venice).

Together with Frank Haldemann, he is currently co-editing a multi-authored commentary on the UN set of principles to combat impunity (to be published by Oxford University Press in 2016).

Taught Courses and Research Projects

Peru, Ayacucho. An event to honor the disappeared on the Day of the Dead. Project

The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary

As a comprehensive attempt to ‘codify’ universal accountability norms, the UN Principles marked a significant step forward in the debate on the obligation of states to combat impunity in its various forms. Despite this significance, no comprehensive academic commentary of the 38 principles has yet been provided so far. This project seeks to fill this gap.

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Commemoration on the day of disappeared Spring School

Transitional Justice Spring School: Transitional Justice, Memory and Culture

The Transitional Justice Spring School 2017 aims to address the roles of memory and culture in transitional justice processes through an interdisciplinary, comprehensively structured high-quality one-week programme.

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Publications

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The UN Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary (Forthcoming)

February 2017

Valentina Cadelo, Thomas Unger, Frank Haldemann

Oxford University Press

Cover of the book Pursuing Justice in Ongoing Conflict: A Discussion of Current Practice

Pursuing Justice in Ongoing Conflict: A Discussion of Current Practice

October 2009

Thomas Unger, Marieke Wierda

Building a Future on Peace and Justice, Springer

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Cover of The European Union and transitional justice

The European Union and transitional justice

October 2010

Thomas Unger

The European Union and Peacebuildingilding, T.M.C. Asser Press

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Cover of The Crime of Enforced Disappearances

The Crime of Enforced Disappearances

January 2009

Thomas Unger

The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice,Oxford University Press

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