7 March 2019
As part of our Transitional Justice Café (TJ Café) series, Professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, discussed with students of our MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) the links between transitional justice, security and counterterrorism.
The field of transitional justice has traditionally been state-centric, focusing on approaches that seek to ensure redress for state abuse. Contemporary conflicts are, however, far more complex, with the involvement of multiple actors that are responsible for serious crimes, including terrorist organizations and other non-state actors.
‘In this TJ Café, Fionnuala Ni Aolain discussed with our students the challenging question of the added value of transitional justice in responses to these new types of conflict, including how we should approach the questions of amnesty, reparation, and demobilisation, disarmament and reintegration in the context of non-state armed groups’ explains Thomas Unger, Co-Director of the MTJ.
‘An expert in transitional justice and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Fionnuala Ni Aolain is one of the best placed to connect these different areas and look at linkages between issues of transitional justice, security and preventing terrorism’ underlines Dr Frank Haldemann, Co-Director of the MTJ.
This unique series of events exposes MTJ students to practical situations, enabling them to have in-depth discussions on topical transitional justice issues with leading experts and practitioners.
Each café is divided into two parts: a presentation followed by a discussion where the guest speaker engages with students on the issues and challenges they raise.
In this interview, our alumna Jelena Plamenac, an international humanitarian lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in practicing humanitarian and human rights law in international criminal justice systems and humanitarian organizations, tells us about the programme and what it brought to her career.
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Applications for the 2020–2021 academic year of this programme just opened today and will close on 31 January 2020 applications with scholarships) and on 28 February 2020 (applications without scholarships).
Truth Commissions are by now an integral part of the transitional justice vocabulary and practice. 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.
This short course discusses the extent to which states may limit and/or derogate from their international human rights obligations in order to prevent and counter terrorism and thus protect persons under their jurisdiction.
This project intends to clarify the conditions of accountability for international crimes by providing a detailed assessment of the customary international law status of, in particular, the actus reus and mens rea elements of modes of liability: planning, instigating, conspiracy, direct and indirect perpetration, co-perpetration, the three forms of joint criminal enterprise, the doctrine of common purpose under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, command responsibility and aiding and abetting.
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This project aims at mapping various existing accountability mechanisms, in the context of military interventions, through the lens of the requirements of a transitional justice process in order to identify possibilities and gaps.