This course will explore the role of transitional justice and reconciliation after violent conflict in Africa. Peacebuilding processes seeking to resolve conflict and address human rights violations have not always been successful in stabilizing societies and addressing the legacies of unresolved violence, atrocities and trauma. The field of transitional justice and reconciliation brings an added dimension to post‐conflict peacebuilding, and seeks to address historical violations as a pre‐requisite to building inclusive and more peaceful societies.
Transitional justice and reconciliation encompasses the broad range of judicial and non‐judicial approaches adopted by post‐conflict and post‐authoritarian societies to address human rights abuses of the past. Transitional justice is not limited to a linear and structured sequencing of liberalizing or democratizing societies. Rather, the process of transitional justice often operates in a chaotic process of change, and these have deep ramifications for policymakers. In undertaking this course, participants will understand and critically reflect on the field of transitional justice. The course will also enable participants to understand these dynamics, and how to function effectively in the often chaotic period of change during transitional justice processes.
The course is structured as a five‐day face‐to‐face interaction that will examine the notion of ‘transitional justice’ in relation to various theories of justice including restorative, retributive, reparative and social justice. Additionally, the course will examine the ‘pillars’ of transitional justice: truth seeking, criminal justice, reparations and institutional reform and will consider the relevance of these processes in post‐conflict peacebuilding in Africa.
The course will be delivered through a seminar‐based approach, using an adult education methodology. The course will require participants to actively engage in the discussions and share their opinions and insights through plenary formats.
The benefits participants can envisage to gain from the short course:
Participants will benefit from an increased understanding of the practical utility and necessity of transitional justice and reconciliation processes. In addition, participants will develop their critical reflection and debating skills in a manner that draws upon the insights discussed during the course. Participants will also acquire the knowledge to advise governments, inter‐governmental institutions and civil society actors on the most appropriate transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives for their countries.
The course primarily targets African professionals working for example at the African Union (AU), Regional Economic Organisations (RECs), in AU Member States or for African civil society organizations. Applicants should have at least five years’ work experience in peace, security and development, democracy, governance, peace and security or related field. International applicants working for a governmental, inter‐governmental or multilateral agency with a keen interest in African peace and security issues are equally encouraged to apply.
In the process of filling out the application, you will be required to submit your latest CV and supporting documents (certificates, etc.)
The course will be conducted at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), which is located on the Faculty of Business and Economics campus of Addis Ababa University in Sidist Kilo, next to Goethe Institute and Modern Art Museum.