The Essex Transitional Justice Network was established in 2009 to bring together the unique community of academics at Essex working on transitional justice from different disciplines.
The Essex Transitional Justice Network (ETJN) is one of the leading projects of the Human Rights Centre aiming to address hard questions in theory and practice related to the challenges faced by societies undergoing fundamental socio-political change, notably the transition from a repressive to a democratic regime, or from conflict to peace, and trying to reckon with the legacies of mass atrocities.
Our approach is transdisciplinary and broad, looking not only at traditional topics of transitional justice (justice, reparation, truth and guarantees of non-repetition), but also at wider and previously neglected issues, such as socio-economic dimensions, third party actors, the role of the arts, access to information, and informal justice mechanisms. Our aim is to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers to better understand transitional justice and thereby to improve the situation on the ground. We engage in research activities, teaching, and consultancy, and welcome collaboration and requests for advice from around the globe.
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The ETJN’s work on reparations, the responsibility of third party actors like corporations, and the role of the arts in transitional justice reflects wide interests shared by the Essex community.
Below you will find information and key publications on our research in key areas. For more information on our publications and research in these areas, please visit our staff profiles.
The ETJN holds events all year round both as part of the Human Rights Centre Speaker Series but also its own research seminars, panel discussions and more, often in partnership with different academic and non-academic institutions.
Its landmark event is the Essex Transitional Justice Network Annual Lecture where distinguished transitional justice experts share their experience and knowledge with our audience, including Pablo de Greiff, former and Fabian Salvioli, current Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and non-recurrence; Juan Mendez, ex-director of the International Centre for Transitional Justice; Yasmin Sooka, former Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and Catalina Diaz, Magistrate at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia.
Previous topics have included; Transitional Justice and Prevention, current challenges of transitional justice, lessons from African experiences, and, a gender perspective on transitional justice, international law, and human rights law amongst others.
All upcoming events by the Essex Transitional Justice Network are available on the School of Law's event calendar.