Is Hungary afraid of the past?

by Taaha Malik and Trevor Taylor

In the aftermath of WWII, Hungary, left with a legacy of ties to the Nazis, formed an alliance with the Soviet Union. By 1949, Hungary had drafted a new constitution, making the nation a “workers and peasants’ state,” resulting in, among other things, a wave of police terror against all opponents of the new regime. With the help of the Soviet Union, the Hungarian Communists effectively purged the judicial body and other civil services, and <Read More>

International Justice in Africa

by Lauren Scott

On May 30, 2016 the Extraordinary African Chambers (“EAC”) issued a verdict in the Hissène Habré (“Habré”) trial. The significance of this verdict and of the trial itself will indeed be “extraordinary” for international justice. As a former head of State charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, Habré’s trial was the first time that international justice had played out on the African continent. Africa, long bemoaned as the opportunistic target of International Criminal Court (“ICC”) <Read More>

The Dirty War

by Lance Fokine and Matthew Merrill

The Transitional Justice Network invited Damian Pachter to discuss the case of Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Pachter, a former reporter for the Buenos Aires Herald, was living in Buenos Aires and fled to Israel after breaking the news regarding the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

In 1976, the Argentine Military rose to power and installed a Military Junta, which lasted until 1983. During the Junta, the Argentine population was gripped with terror as <Read More>

A Hazy Memory in Poland

by Taaha Malik and Trevor Taylor

Poland has historically been the epicenter of various conflicts and disputes, and is certainly no stranger to global adversity. From years of subjugation at the hands the Russian Empire, to being the victim of Hitler’s first major conquest in Europe at the outbreak of World War II, Poland knows what it means to struggle for liberty, equality, and a fair position in the global arena. It is precisely because of these <Read More>

Dr. Iavor Rangelov – Resurgent Nationalism: Is Law an Answer?

Written by Esther Fernando

The Transitional Justice Network held a discussion at New York Law School earlier this year with Dr. Iavor Rangelov, Global Security Research Fellow at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Dr. Rangelov highlighted the relationship between key concepts of nationalism and the goals of international law.

Dr. Rangelov started off the discussion with an insight on his book Nationalism and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Balkans and Beyond (Cambridge University Press 2014), which focuses <Read More>