Negotiating peace and justice
Dates and venue: October 9 to 13, 2017 in Barcelona
Negotiating peace and justice: intensive course on transitional justice and peace processes
In the aftermath of large scale and systematic violations of human rights, transitional justice aims at restoring confidence in the rule of law through approaches centered on the rights of victims and prevention of future violations. It does so through the application of policies and measures that vary in form, sequence and can take place over short or extended periods of time. Conventionally these measures include criminal prosecutions, commissions of inquiry and “truth commissions”, programs aimed at individual and collective reparation, and measures of constitutional, legal and institutional reform. The primary characteristic of transitional justice is that it seeks to achieve its goals in conditions where there exist significant political constraints.
The negotiating of peace to end conflict represents perhaps the most challenging context where these constraints are at their most acute. Negotiations are increasingly seen as more than discussions between warring parties: they often include representatives of the people most directly affected by the conflict in particular – the victims – and of society more generally.
Peace processes aim to do much more than find a way to address the needs of victims looking for justice: they must put an end to conflict operations; address on-going humanitarian crises and propose viable solutions for the underlying causes of conflict. Yet the prospect of dealing with the egregious violations of human rights committed in conflicts frequently represents a profound challenge for progress.
ICTJ, BIPRC, and the ICIP are pleased to announce an Intensive Course on Transitional Justice and Peace Processes. It will focus on practical examples of recent or paradigmatic peace processes where the question of justice formed a significant part of the negotiating context. It will raise a series of questions on substance, process, participation and review how things worked out in practice.
The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in the basics of transitional justice and to understand the challenges, options and implications of different approaches to the justice question in peace processes.
The Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) jointly with the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP).