Reflecting on the Ways of Knowing Atrocity Workshop: Prishtina, Kosovo September 2013

The Methods Training workshop on “Ways of Knowing Atrocity – An exchange on researching and assessing transitional justice” was held on 18- 19 September 2013 at Hotel Prishtina, Kosovo. The workshop aimed to further develop the transitional justice methods manual, which was compiled during the first six months of the ESRC project “Ways of Knowing Atrocity” on the basis of several roundtable discussions held at University of Oxford and King’s College London. National and international key stakeholders in the research and practice of transitional justice in Kosovo led the discussions, including, among others, the United Nations Development Programme, the German Civil Peace Service (Forum ZFD), the Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo, Alter Habitus, University of Prishtina, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, the Intergovernmental Working Group on Dealing with the Past in Kosovo and the Ministry of Justice. The workshop highlighted the tensions between local understandings of transitional justice and international norms. Furthermore, the workshop discussions revealed a highly advocacy driven research on transitional justice in Kosovo, which influences both the choice of methods to research the transition process and practical transitional justice initiatives.

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OTJR Update

Dear all,

We have two OTJR events this week:
1. OTJR Student Research Seminar: 16:00 Tuesday 11 March, Senior Common Room, Law Faculty;
2. OTJR Special Seminar: Professor Laurie Beth Clark, ‘Always, Already, Again: Trauma Tourism and the Politics of Memory Culture’ 12:00 Friday 14 March, Seminar Room E, Manor Road Building.
Please come along!
Sincerely,
Miles
1. OTJR Student Research Seminar: 16:00 Tuesday 11 March, Senior Common Room, Law Faculty;
 
OTJR is holding its annual post-graduate research seminar on 11 March, 2014. The seminar will be at 16:00 in the Senior Common Room at the Law Faculty.  The seminar brings together students and academics working on transitional justice topics within and beyond Oxford. It provides a supportive environment for students to present and discuss their research in an informal setting and to gain valuable feedback from both peers and academics. We have three presentations:
 
– Bennett Collins, University of St Andrews: ‘Truth and Reconciliation in North American Indigenous Communities’;
– Lisa Hecht, University of Oxford: ‘Negotiating Justice after Human Rights Violations;
– Marcos Zunino, University of Cambridge: ‘The Space of Transitional Justice’.
 
A set of abstracts and requests for feedback is attached to this email. Tea and coffee will be provided.
 
 
2. OTJR Special Seminar: Professor Laurie Beth Clark, ‘Always, Already, Again: Trauma Tourism and the Politics of Memory Culture, 12:00 Friday 14 March, Seminar Room E, Manor Road Building
 
OTJR will be holding its final seminar of the term on Friday 14 March in Seminar Room E, Manor Road, at 12:00.
 
Biography
 
Since 2001, Laurie Beth Clark has been working on a global comparative study of trauma tourism. Her research has been published in anthologies (Accounting for ViolenceThe Art of Truthtelling After Authoritarian Rule, BlazeDeath Tourism, Guerilla Performance and MultimediaMemory and Postwar MemorialsThe Object ReaderA Performance CosmologyPlace and PerformanceVisions and Revisions), in journals (Encounters, Performance ParadigmPerformance Research, Südwind-MagazinTheatre AnnualTheatre TopicsTheatre SurveyTDR, Visual Culture) and on line (FlowTVPerformance Paradigm).
Clark is a Professor in the Art Department of the University of Wisconsin where she teaches courses on Performance, Video, and Installations, as well as a range of topics in Visual Culture Studies. Clark’s creative work has been included in more than 150 performances and exhibitions in galleries, museums, and public and private spaces. Extensive documentation can be found at www.lbclark.net.
 
Abstract
Each year, millions of tourists visit the sites of historical atrocities. They come in order to remember, mourn, grieve, seethe, celebrate, commemorate, and learn. But while on site, they will also eat, drink, use toilets, pose for photographs, seek accommodation, play, manage children, purchase souvenirs, etc. In short, they will engage in many practices that we understand under the rubric of tourism.
In her transnational, comparative study of the practice of trauma tourism, Clark offers an analysis of the discourses that surround the production and consumption of memorial sites. She considers sites on five continents that have been established or are in the process of being established to commemorate a range of past violences, e.g. war, genocide, state terrorism, apartheid, slavery. In her lecture, Clark will outline some of the ways that commemorative strategies deployed by site developers, as well as the desires that visitors bring to these sites.
Because trauma sites are called on to serve multiple functions for complex constituencies, tensions emerge around a wide range of issues, from the purpose of memory to marketing and propriety. Clark argues that such tensions constitute trauma tourism, that trauma tourism owes its substance and richness to contestation.

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OTJR Update

1. OTJR Tuesday Seminar, 15:00, 4 March 2014: Dr Clara Sandoval, The Right to Reparation and Transitional Justice: Reflections on the Garcia Lucero v. Chile Case, Seminar Rood D, Manor Road
Speaker
 
Dr Clara Sandoval is senior lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Essex where she is also the Director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network. Clara is a qualified lawyer, and was one of the lawyers representing the NGO REDRESS and Mr. Garcia Lucero and his family before the Inter-American Court. Clara has worked as a consultant on reparations and transitional justice issues for a variety of institutions such as the International Criminal Court and the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.
Abstract
 
In October 2013, the Inter-American Court handed down its judgment in the Garcia Lucero v. Chile case. After more than 10 years of litigation, finally a judgment was delivered on the right to justice (access to justice) and the right to reparation of Mr. Garcia Lucero, a survivor of torture, and other human rights violations that took place under Pinochet’s dictatorship. Mr. Garcia was expelled by decree from Chile in 1975, after being detained in more than 5 detention centres. His life changed enormously as he was left permanently disabled, with a wife and three daughters to take care of. They did not even speak English. All they had was left behind. Since then, Mr Garcia Lucero and his family have been searching for justice and reparation. This talk will share some reflections on the litigation of the case, the jurisprudence of the Court in relation to reparations in countries that are or have undergone transitions and the challenges for the future.
2. OTJR Annual Student Research Seminar, 16:00, 11 March 2014, Call for Presenters
OTJR will be holding its annual post-graduate research seminar on 11 March, 2014. The seminar will be at 16:00 in the Senior Common Room at the Law Faculty.  The seminar brings together students and academics working on transitional justice topics within and beyond Oxford. It provides a supportive environment for students to present and discuss their research in an informal setting and to gain valuable feedback from both peers and academics. Presentations are welcome on substantive research topics, ideas in development, methodological processes, practical and ethical issues regarding fieldwork, and any other related issues relating to the broad field of transitional justice.
We encourage presentations from students at different stages of their research. Those at the preliminary stages of research are particularly welcome, along with those approaching their Transfer of Status, Confirmation, or Viva. Presentations should be no longer than 10 to 15 minutes and should focus on an area on which advice or feedback would be appreciated.
If you are interested in participating or for further information, please email Rebecca Elvin – rebecca.elvin@univ.ox.ac.uk by Thursday 6 March, 2014. Please include the following:
– the preliminary title of your thesis;
– the name of the program/institution with which you are affiliated;
– your proposed presentation topic;
– a brief abstract of your presentation;
– a brief explanation of aspects would like to receive feedback on (e.g: a methodological issue, literature suggestions, fieldwork planning, research design, etc.)
Abstracts and points for feedback, together with a list of participants, will be circulated in advance.
 
3. Oxford Central Africa Forum, CIS and LMH: Lecture to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, H.E. Johan Swinnen, ‘Twenty Years after Genocide: Memories, Reflections and Ways Forward’ 17:00, 7 March 2014, Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall.
H.E. Johan Swinnen became Belgium’s Ambassador to Rwanda in 1990, the year in which the Rwandan civil war started, and remained in this position until the end of the first week of the genocide in April 1994. His other ambassadorial posts were in the Netherlands (1997–2002), the Democratic Republic of Congo (2004–08), and Spain (2009–11). He also served as Spokesman and Head of the Press Office of Foreign Affairs (1988–90), and as Head of the Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister (1994–97). Presently retired, H.E. Swinnen is chairman of the Commissions of the Belgian Interministerial Conference for External Policies, chairman of the Brussels-based VIRA (International Relations Association), and a member of the Academic Senate of the KU Leuven (Louvain). He is currently writing a book about his mission in Rwanda.

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OTJR Update

1. OTJR Seminar, David Josse QC, Defending at the ICTY: An English Barrister’s Perspective, 17:00, 18 February, Seminar Room D, Manor Road
 
Biography
 
After being called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1985, David Josse practiced domestically until 2005.  From 2005 to 2010 he was defence counsel at the ICTY, working on the trials of Momcilo Krajisnik and then Milan Gvero.  He took silk in 2009 and returned to his English practice in 2010.
 
 
2. Public International Law Discussion Group, Professor Elies van Sliedregt, Culture Clashes in International Criminal Law, 12:30, 20 February, All Souls College, The Old Library
 
Biography
 
Elies van Sliedregt is Professor of Criminal Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Director of the Centre for International Criminal Justice and Dean of the Faculty of Law. She has held visiting fellowships in Cambridge, Oxford, Bologna, and at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She was a visiting professional with Chambers at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Summer of 2010 and fellow-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences for the KNAW (NIAS) in 2011. Van Sliedregt is senior editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Van Sliedregt has published extensively in the field of international, European and comparative criminal law
 
 
3. Latin American Centre Seminar Series, Dr Roddy Brett, The Rios Montt Trial and the Post-Conflict Legacy of Genocide in Guatemala, 17:00, 21 February, Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk
 
Biography
 
Roddy Brett is a Lecturer with the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.  He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of London in 2002, and since that time lived in Latin America, principally in Guatemala and Colombia, working as a scholar-practitioner.  His fields of research include conflict and peace studies, political and other forms of violence, genocide studies, social movements, indigenous rights, democratisation and transitions.  His work as a practitioner is in the fields of conflict analysis, indigenous rights, political violence and genocide, post-conflict reconstruction, and human rights.  He has published a total of eight books, including monographs and co-edited volumes, as well as articles on these themes.  He has acted as Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in both Colombia and Guatemala, and to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala. Dr. Brett also served as Advisor on Indigenous Affairs to the Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala.
 
 
4. Oxford Human Rights Festival, 24 – 28 February
 
Tickets for the 12th annual Oxford Human Rights Festival are now available online.  The festival takes place between Monday 24 and Friday 28 February. This year the festival seeks to broaden its impact by offering a range of events outside its traditional film medium. Alongside screenings, the festival is hosting live performances of music, theatre, poetry and a range of guest speakers. The festival is organised by Oxford Brookes students on the Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) master’s degree course. It aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding human rights, through the arts.
 
Events will take place in venues across Oxford, including the Old Fire Station and Ultimate Picture Palace, and all are open to the public. Each will be accompanied by a discussion with guest speakers, providing the opportunity for in-depth, stimulating debate.  The screening, with speakers, of Julian Schnabel’s film Miral on the opening night will be the first event in the new John Henry Brookes lecture theatre. Other highlights include Like Enemies of the State, a play based on the stories of three African child soldiers, and a screening of The Reluctant Revolutionary which is introduced by the filmmaker.
 
A range of poetry readings has been arranged in conjunction with the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre. These will involve readings and debate with poets and experts, and take place at Blackwell’s on Broad Street and the Truck Store on Cowley Road. The festival will be ‘played out’ by folk music from Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year nominee Lucy Ward, with support from local acoustic band Moonrakers.
 
Some events are free of charge while others attract a nominal entrance fee. Tickets for all events are now available to be reserved and purchased online. More information about the festival, ticketing and the full programme of events can be found on the festival’s website.
 
 
5. Oxford Lawyers Without Borders – Second Annual Conference: The Rule of Law and International Development, 8 March 2014, Merton College Oxford
 
When: 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Saturday 8 March
Where: TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College
Tickets: £10 (day only), £38 (conference and dinner) 
 
Oxford Lawyers Without Borders is delighted to extend an invitation to our upcoming annual conference. After a successful inaugural conference last year, we seek to continue building a legacy of thought provoking, inspiring conversations about international law with some of the world’s foremost practitioners and advocates in the field. This year, we will be hosting a human rights colloquium unlike any seen in Oxford before. 
 
‘Innovation competition’:
 
As part of a new initiative, the conference will be centred around an ‘innovation competition.’ Student teams from universities across the UK will be presenting prospective, plausible one-year projects geared towards implementing and improving the rule of law in developing countries. 
The universities represented include Exeter, Oxford, King’s College London, Southampton, SOAS, and UCL; and are being mentored by staff at law firms Gibson Dunn, Linklaters, Jones Day, and the Lawyers Without Borders headquarters. The winning teams will receive institutional support to realise their projects. 
 
Panel discussion:
 
There will also be a panel discussion on the challenges associated with various understandings of the international rule of law. The panel will be lead by speakers including:
 
Roger Leese, Chair of Advocates for International Development (A4ID), and Partner at Clifford Chance LL. Through A4ID’s innovative broker service, Roger helps bring together legal experts and those working towards the Millennium Development Goals, ensuring all those who need legal advice can access it. This network involves more than 39,000 lawyers around the world who provide free legal advice to development organisations, civil society groups, bar associations, developing country governments and social enterprises.
 
Peter van Veen, director of Transparency International’s business integrity programme. Peter joined TI-UK in July 2011 to head the Training & Advisory Services team. He has 20 years of experience in advising companies and has worked for such diverse organisations as The Economist  Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Accenture, SRI International, Bertelsmann and SABMiller. He has consulted and spoken extensively on strategic risk management, corporate governance, business ethics and corruption. 
 
In addition, we will have a keynote address on the Rule of Law and International Development, delivered by a leading practitioner, run creative workshops, and host a Mini-Careers Fair with representatives from several major firms. The conference will also include a dinner for delegates, and will allow for ample opportunities to interact with invited speakers, law firm representatives, and fellow law students.  It is our vision to make the event as interactive and enriching as possible for all participants. We hope to see you there! 
 
Those interested in attending should please see our website http://oxlwob.wordpress.com/conference-2014/, which includes information on ticket purchasing.
 
Please also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OxLWOB
 
 
6. War Crimes Research Group Documentary Screening: No Fire Zone – The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, Friday 21 February, 2014, King’s College London
 
No Fire Zone is a documentary film about the awful final months of the 26-year Sri Lankan civil war, told by the people who lived through it.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with the Director, Callum Macrae and Alan Keenan, Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group.
 
Chair: Dr Rebekka Friedman, King’s College London
 
Friday 21 February 20141800-2000
 
Room K2.31 (Nash Lecture Theatre)
King’s Building
King’s College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
 
For further details, please email rachel.kerr@kcl.ac.uk
 

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OTJR Update

Dear all

 
Please see below the OTJR updates for this week, which includes an announcement of a new Convenor of our group.  Please join me in congratulating Miles Jackson on his recent appointment.  Our weekly seminar will be delivered by Mark Kersten from LSE, who will provide his thoughts on the ‘peace versus justice’ debate in relation to Libya, Darfur and northern Uganda.  There is no need to register for any of our seminars and wines and snacks will be served at the conclusion of each talk.

 
1. Appointment of New Convenor
2. Seminar – Mark Kersten
3. Conference on Colombian Peace Talks
4. Discounted New Releases on Transitional Justice in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
5. Overseas Safety Fieldwork Training
6. Forthcoming OTJR Events
 
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1. Appointment of New Convenor
 
OTJR is delighted to announce that Miles Jackson has been appointed as the St Anne’s College Global Justice Research Fellow for 2013/14 and the Convenor of OTJR for this academic year.  Miles holds a BA from the University of Oxford, an LLM from Harvard Law School and will shortly be defending his DPhil thesis which considers complicity under international law.  He is a former clerk of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and a former chair of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.  He has published in the field of transitional justice and has most recently served as a Departmental Lecturer at the Faculty of Law.  Miles may be contacted at Miles.Jackson@law.ox.ac.uk.  Please join me in congratulating Miles on this appointment.
 
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2. Seminar – Mark Kersten
 
 
5:00pm, Tuesday 12 November, Seminar Room D, Manor Rd Building
 
Mark Kersten is a researcher at the London School of Economics, specialising in conflict and peace studies and international criminal justice.  His work examines the relationship between peace and justice and, more specifically, the implications and effects of the International Criminal Court’s investigations on peace processes and negotiations in Libya, Darfur and northern Uganda.  He is also the creator of the Justice in Conflict blog, which focuses on competing conceptions and ideas of justice as well as the challenges of pursuing justice in conflict.
 
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3. Conference on Colombian Peace Talks
 
20 November 2013, 8:30am – 6:30pm, St Antony’s College
 
The Oxford Department of International Development will be hosting a multidisciplinary one-day conference that explores the challenges of security and democracy for sustainable peace in Colombia and draws lessons from other peace processes across the globe.  Distinguished guest panellists include former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancour, former Colombian Minister of the Interior Fernando Carrillo and former UK Ambassador to Colombia John Dew.  For further information on the conference and to register, please see the conference webpage or email the convenor Annette Idler (annette.idler@qeh.ox.ac.uk)
 
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4. Discounted New Releases on Transitional Justice in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile
 
Palgrave is offering promotional discounts of 50% off the regular price on two books that have been written by OTJR member Francesca Lessa.
 
Memory and Transitional Justice in Argentina and Uruguay: Against Impunity (2013) (discount code WMTJAU2013a)
 
The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone: Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay (2011) (discount code WMSTSC2013a)
 
Francesca launched the 2013 title in March of this year and received tremendously positive reviews.  To listen to the podcast of the launch, please click here.
 
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5. Overseas Safety Fieldwork Training
 
Thursday 21 November, 9:45am – 3:45pm, Wolfson Seminar Room, Chemistry Research Lab, Mansfield Road
 
The University’s Safety Office is offering overseas fieldwork training for research staff and graduate students planning fieldwork projects overseas.  For more information and to register, please click here.
 
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6. Forthcoming OTJR Events
 

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OTJR Update

Dear all
The days may be getting shorter, but the term continues to get busier for those of us interested in the field of transitional justice.  This week, we have a super interesting seminar on the notion of ‘haunting’ as a methodological tool for turning a critical eye on the pervasive finalising outlook of truth commission processes.  A reminder also that you have 7 days to express your interest in joining our committee for the forthcoming year.  No previous experience in transitional justice is necessary and getting involved is a terrific way to learn more about this field, as well as to meet others in the University working in this area.  See below for further details.

1. Seminar – Akin Akinwumi

2.  OTJR Executive Committee – Call for Applications

3.  International Bar Association ICC Programme

4.  Research Assistant Opportunity

5.  Forthcoming OTJR Events

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1. Seminar – Akin Akinwumi

Making sense of past atrocities: Toward methodologies of haunting

5:00pm, Tuesday 29 October, Seminar Room D, Manor Rd Building
In this seminar, Dr Akin Akinwumi will build on his research on the now iconic South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (SATRC) to show how transitional justice scholarship and practice ought to embrace more innovative methodological pathways and tools.  Whilst the overall goal of his research into the SATRC was to draw attention to the will to transform at the heart of the process, the project also represented an attempt to unsettle the assumptions of finality or closure associated with transitional justice.  In the talk he will suggest that there has been a tendency to quickly draw a line under truth and reconciliation commissions once their mandates have been completed and official reports made public.
Dr Akin Akiwumi is a human geographer with a PhD in geography from The Open University, UK.  He is currently a post-doctoral fellow and instructor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Canada.  In this position he is involved in a collaborative project (with Dr Nick Blomley) exploring the linkages between reconciliation and discourses of rights in the ongoing British Columbia treaty process.
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2.  OTJR Executive Committee – Call for Applications
 
OTJR is calling for applications for persons to join our Executive Committee for 2013/14. We are looking for persons to serve the following roles:
  • Web Manager
  • Blog Editor
  • General Members (x 2)
The deadline for applications is 5:00pm on Sunday 3 November.  Appointments will be made by the OTJR’s Steering Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 5 November.  For further information on each of these positions and on the application process, please click here.
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3. International Bar Association ICC Programme
The IBA’s ICC Programme monitors fair trial issues at the ICC.  Programme information is disseminated through regular reports, export discussions, workshops and other events and expert legal analysis on relevant issues.  Based at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the Programme involves consultations and interactions with Court officials, civil society organisations, academics and international laws.  The Programme runs from January 2014 – April 2014 and the application deadline is 15 November 2013.  Click here for further details.
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4. Research Assistant Opportunity
 
The Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies is seeking appoint a research assistant who will work with Dr Iginio Gagliardone in launching a new pilot project to map hate speech and research deliberative debates in Ethiopia ahead of the 2015 elections.  The work is to start immediately and will run until January/February 2014.  The workload will involved approximately 15-20 hours in any given week and the rate of pay is £17.55 per hour.  Click here for further information.
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5.  Forthcoming OTJR Events
 
Week 4, Tuesday (5 Nov 2013)
5:00pm
Dr Michael Gibb Transitional Justice in Transitional Libya
Week 5, Tuesday (12 Nov 2013)
5:00pm
Mark Kersten An Agenda for Peace in the ‘Peace Versus Justice’ Debate
Week 6, Tuesday (19 Nov 2013)
5:00pm
Dr Gerhard Anders Constructing legal authority and criminal responsibility at the Special Court for Sierra Leone

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OTJR Update

With the start of the term upon us, there is plenty happening around the University, particularly in the field of transitional justice.  We have eight notices for this week, including a welcome session for new members, our first seminar of the year and a visit from the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.  Please see below for more information.
1.  Welcome session for new members
2.  Seminar – Prof Susanne Buckley-Zistel
3.  Seminar – James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC
4.  Global Justice Research Fellowship, St Anne’s College
5.  Forthcoming OTJR Events
6.  Film Screening: ‘No’ (Oscar Nominated)
7.  Panel Discussion – How do institutions change?
8.  Film Screening: ‘Hotel Rwanda’
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4:00pm Tuesday 15 October, Seminar Room D, Manor Rd Building

For those who are new to our group, please come along to our welcome session.  This is a terrific opportunity to meet others in Oxford working in the field of transitional justice, including the current OTJR committee.  You’ll learn about the work we do and how you can yourself get involved.  The welcome session will be followed by our first seminar of the year (see below), then some refreshments in the Centre for Criminology.

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2.  Seminar – Prof Susanne Buckley-Zistel

5:00pm Tuesday 15 October, Seminar Room D, Manor Rd Building

As representations of past atrocities, memorials and memorial museums connect past, present and future in non-linear ways.  Located in the here and now, they suggest and encourage particular interpretations of the past with view to an anticipation of a specific future.  Based on the notions of heterotopia as introduced by Michel Foucault the paper analyses the role and function of memorials in transitional justice processes.  Heterotopia refers to ‘other space’ or spaces of otherness, i.e. spaces that exist parallel to reality and that, at the same time, question and challenge this reality.  In this sense, museums or memorials to comemorate atrocities constitute spaces where objects from other spaces (and times) – in our cases related to the experience of massive human rights abuses – are displayed so that they continue to exist in time, yet also outside of time.  They seek to preserve objects from another time for today as well as for the future.  In the context of transitional justice processes the portrayed past might run counter to hegemonic discourses about how the past should be remembered officially and thus constitute a room for dissent and discord.
Susanne Buckley-Zistel is Professor for Peace and Conflict Studies and Executive Director of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Philipps University Marburg.  She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has held position’s at King’s College, London, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt and the Free University Berlin.  Her research focuses on issues pertaining to peacebuilding, transitional justice, gender and post-structural theory.  She has published widely on these issues, including a co-edited volume entitled ‘Gender in Transitional Justice’ (Palgrave), a monograph on ‘Conflict Transformation and Social Change in Uganda’ (Palgrave) and a forthcoming co-edited volumes on Memorials in Times of Transition (Intersentia) and Transitional Justice Theories (Routledge).

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3.  Seminar – James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor of the ICC

Peace through international criminal justice
3:00pm, Lecture Theatre, Manor Rd Building
James Stewart has served as the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court since December 2012.  Prior to this, he was a Senior Trial Attorney at the ICTR and the first Chief of Prosecutions at the ICTY.
Following the seminar, refreshments will be served in the Centre for Criminology.

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4.  Global Justice Research Fellowship, St Anne’s College

St Anne’s College is inviting applications for the 10-month Global Justice Research Fellowship at St Anne’s College.  Among the fellow’s primary responsibilities will be to serve as convenor of OTJR.  For further details on the position, please click here.

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5.  Forthcoming OTJR Events

Week 2, Tuesday (22 Oct 2013)
5:00pm
Lorena Balardini
Week 3, Tuesday (29 Oct 2013)
5:00pm
Dr Akin Akinwumi
Week 4, Tuesday (5 Nov 2013)
5:00pm
Dr Michael Gibb

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6.  Film Screening: ‘No’ (Oscar Nominated)

Wednesday 16 October 4:30pm, Latin American Centre, 1 Church Walk Oxford

To recognise the 40th anniversary of the coup in Chile, the Latin American Centre will be hosting a screening of the Oscar nominated film No.  This will be followed by comments from Alan Angell on the 1990 Referendum and a presentation from Hugo Rojas on the commemoration in Chile.

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7.  Panel Discussion – How do institutions change?

5:30pm, Wednesday 16 October 2013, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College

This panel discussion will focus on the prospects for law and justice priorities in the post-2015 international development agenda.  The participants in the discussion will be Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank; Masooda Bano, University Research Lecture at the Department for International Development and Samuel Clark, DPhil Student in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and former consultant to the World Bank.

Drink and canapes will be served after the event.  To reserve your place, please visit the Foundation of Law, Justice and Society Website.

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8.  Film Screening: ‘Hotel Rwanda’

7:30pm, Wednesday 23 October 2013, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College

Based on real life events in Rwanda during the spring of 1994, Hotel Rwanda stars Don Cheadle as hotelier Paul Rusesabagina, who attempts to rescue his fellow citizens from the ravages of the RwandanGenocide.  The film documents Rusesabagina’s acts to save the lives of his family and more than a thousand other refugees, by granting them shelter in the besieged Hôtel des Mille Collines. Hotel Rwandaexplores genocide, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence.

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative & International Politics at SOAS (and co-founder of OTJR), will give a short talk before the screening of the film, looking at the key aspects of the film from a law in society perspective.
To view a trailer of the film and to reserve your place, please click here.

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