Essex Transitional Justice Network Annual Lecture

ETJN Annual Lecture 7 May 2013

Pablo de Greiff

Topic: Taking stock of transitional justice: challenges and opportunities

The Essex Transitional Justice Network held its third annual lecture on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

This year we were honoured to have Pablo de Greiff, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, as our guest speaker. He is also the Director of Research at the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) based in New York, United States.

To watch the lecture on our website, please click here.

To read the report on the workshop, please click here.

More on Pablo:

Background and experience:

Pablo de Greiff is a Philosopher (not a lawyer!!!). He was an associate professor with tenure in the Philosophy department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught ethics and political theory. He has lectured in many countries and universities across Europe and the Americas, including at the European University Institute, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. Previously, he was a recipient of the Laurence S. Rockefeller fellowship at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and held a concurrent fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pablo de Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law, and is in the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and of several book series related to the topic. His most recent publications include articles entitled “Theorizing Transitional Justice,” (forthcoming); “Some thoughts on the Development and Present State of Transitional Justice,” (2011); “Establishing the Links between DDR and Reparations,” (2010); “Articulating the Links between Transitional Justice and Development: Justice and Social Integration (2009); as well as books on Transitional Justice and Development (2009); Justice as Prevention (2007); and Handbook of Reparations (2006).

He has also provided advice to a wide range of Governments, non-governmental organizations, particularly victims’ organizations, truth commissions and multilateral institutions in the area of transitional justice, gender issues and the linkages between justice, security and development.

Links to some of his latest publications:


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