A Reflection on the International Criminal Court with Luis Moreno Ocampo

On April 16, 2013, Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court visited New York Law School to discuss the dilemmas currently confronting the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mr. Ocampo began the discussion by reflecting on the evolution of the Court since its inception in 2002 and the unique challenges he faced as the first Chief Prosecutor of the Court, such as selecting which issues the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) should handle first.  Mr. Ocampo <Read More>

Planning for Transitional Justice in Syria

For the past two years the world has watched as the conflict in Syria has grown. What began as street protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government in 2011 has escalated into a civil war, as the opposition to the Syrian government has become an organized military and political force in Syria. Given the nearly impossible task of collecting evidence of human rights violations after fact, there has been action by groups outside Syria who are already planning a transitional justice <Read More>

Revisiting the Arab Spring: Justice in Times of Transition

Mr. Habib Nassar, a prominent human rights attorney and transitional justice advocate with 10 years of experience in the Middle East and in North Africa, visited New York Law School on February 28th, 2013 to discuss the political conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and the evolving trends of transitional justice resulting from these conflicts.

Is transitional justice a measurement of democracy?


Current definitions of democracies often focus on electoral process and victory, but might not the response to past repression be more important? A number of the world’s countries have a legacy of corrupted political institutions and repressive governments. Today, many of these countries including Egypt, Syria and Tunisia are rising from these legacies. Since the post-communist world, democracy has been promoted as the governance system the above-mentioned countries should transition to for a peaceful future. More recently, societies and international development actors have begun <Read More>

Uganda: The Challenge of Forgiveness

“Uganda: The Challenge of Forgiveness” tells the story of how religious leaders and laypeople courageously have sought to build peace through forgiveness and reconciliation. The documentary was initiated by Daniel Philpott, Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, produced by Jason Cohen, and sponsored by the Fetzer Institute.

Daniel Philpott recently published a book on reconciliation in the context of transitional justice, titled “Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation“.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BOeQyKcbVo[/youtube]