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Transitional Justice, Rule of Law and Guarantees of Non-Repetition

June 26, 2014

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The American Society of International Law logo features a bold font, a unique symbol, and a modern design.

The American Society of International Law Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group presents:


Cosponsored by Transitional Justice Institute, Essex Transitional Justice Network

When: June 26, 2014, 5-6:30 pm, with refreshments from 6:30-7 pm.

Where: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Venue: Conference Room

To what extent can and should transitional justice engage with the prevention of future violations?  In many states emerging from armed conflict or repressive regimes, violence and crime often surge and new forms of human rights violations emerge.  Alongside transitional justice initiatives aimed at dealing with legacies of international crimes and rights violations, a range of security sector reform and rule of law initiatives target the emerging problems.  At the same time, underlying issues of discrimination and control over land and natural resources, which may have been key causes of conflict, become more acute.

One of the oft-repeated pillars of transitional justice is “guarantees of non-repetition,” yet the scope and limits of the concept remain unclear.  Moreover, there are few on-the-ground links or conversations between communities of practice dealing with transitional justice, rule of law reform and structural changes.  This workshop considers how continuities of human rights violations, crime and violence and structural reforms should best be dealt with during and post-transition.  How do transitional justice initiatives complement, conflict with, ignore or swallow up other rule of law or reform initiatives, or vice versa?  What should the balance look like in specific cases?

This panel continues the conversation at ASIL’s March 2014 meeting and 2013 mid-year meeting.


Marieke Wierda, Senior Human Rights Officer – Transitional Justice, UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL);

Marcelo Torelly, visiting academic, University of Oxford and former director of Historical Memory, Brazilian Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission;

Dr. Padraig McAuliffe, University of Liverpool, author of Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Reconstruction;



Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings College of Law.


Please rsvp to [email protected].

For non-ASIL members a $10 donation is requested.


June 26, 2014
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