PublicationsTransitional Justice

Justice for the Past, Justice for the Future: Towards Broadening the Transitional Justice Agenda in Peace Processes

This discussion paper argues that a broader understanding can help overcome some of the tensions inherent in the transitional justice agenda during peace processes, by focusing both on past and future justice needs; victims’ rights and perpetrators’ accountability; as well as wider post-conflict needs that go beyond narrow retributive justice. It is hoped that such a wider understanding will energise a broader range of instruments and options for conflict parties, mediators and interveners at all stages of peace processes to deal with a legacy of human rights violations. The paper…
mediatEUr
20 September, 2012
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Justice in Transition: Dealing with the Past in Peace Processes

This blog was written by David Bloomfield. ‘Transitional justice’ has become an essential part of peacebuilding. As a tool for dealing with a violent past, it has taken centre stage. While there are multiple definitions, they often centre around the judicial and non-judicial approaches for dealing with the legacies of massive and systematic human rights violations, be that in the context of repressive regimes, or armed conflicts. More broadly, justice has a comprehensive role to play in all aspects of peacemaking, and not only as regards post-conflict peacebuilding and dealing with…
mediatEUr
17 July, 2012
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Expert Seminar Report: Security Arrangements, Transitional Justice and Peace Mediation: Challenges and Options for the EU

The 2009 EU Concept on Strengthening EU Mediation and Dialogue Capacities states that EU mediators are expected to address human rights violations in peace processes, but it gives no indication for how they may do so. To meet this need, mediatEUr is organising a series of expert meetings that bring together EU policy-makers with transitional justice and mediation experts to generate recommendations for how the EU may strengthen its capacity to further peace and justice. This expert seminar brought together EU policymakers working on crisis response, CSDP missions, and mediation,…
mediatEUr
1 May, 2012
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Peace Mediation, Power-Sharing and Transitional Justice: Challenges and Options for the EU

The roundtable ‘Peace Mediation, Power-sharing and Transitional Justice: Challenges and Options for the EU’ on 10 November 2011 brought together a group of experts, policy-makers and practitioners to explore the mediation of power-sharing arrangements, and consider related challenges - in particular regarding transitional justice - in order to make recommendations to improve EU support in these areas. This document provides a summary of discussions and charts next steps to be implemented as part of mediatEUr’s ‘Strengthening EU Capacities for Peace Mediation’ project. Objectives of the meeting were to: 1. Explore…
mediatEUr
1 November, 2011
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Peace, Justice and the EU

On 9 June 2011, mediatEUr convened an expert seminar of nearly 30 EU policymakers, academics and practitioners on the topic Peace, Justice & the EU. Peace and justice expert Priscilla Hayner was the guest speaker. This report captures the key points discussed. The meeting comprised two elements: 1 - Difficulties and dilemmas in peace and justice: a presentation by Ms. Hayner and discussion. 2 - A group discussion of Peace, Justice and the EU: lessons, challenges and ways forward. This seminar series is being convened by mediatEUr as part of…
mediatEUr
1 June, 2011
PublicationsTransitional Justice

Dilemmas and Difficulties in Peace and Justice: Considerations for Policymakers and Mediators

Questions of justice for serious crimes of war invariably arise in the course of peace talks. Sometimes, justice is defined from the start as a core agenda item for the talks, and even stated as a priority by the negotiating parties. But this may soon lead to unforeseen difficulties as complexities and party interests become clear. This paper has been commissioned by mediatEUr as part of its Global Forum for Mediation project. In it, peace and justice expert Priscilla Hayner uses real-case examples to identify the emerging trends and dilemmas…
mediatEUr
5 May, 2011