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Iatj call for applications

  1. 1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS THE 3rd INSTITUTE FOR AFRICAN TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE (IATJ) “Prosecuting Crimes or Righting Wrongs: Which Way Forward?”The Institute for African Transitional Justice is an annual week-long residential programmedesigned to examine critical transitional justice issues in the context of Africa, and to catalyse thedevelopment of African Transitional Justice systems.The Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, incollaboration with the African Transitional Justice Research Network (ATJRN), is now acceptingapplications to its 3rd Institute for African Transitional Justice (IATJ), to be held from 17th – 23rdMarch 2013, at the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre in Kitgum, Uganda.This year’s thematic focus will be: “Prosecuting Crimes or Righting Wrongs: Which WayForward?”Recent years have seen several developments in the field of transitional justice in Africa, not leastan unprecedented rise in activity and influence of international criminal justice institutions. Theseinclude the landmark verdicts for former Liberian president Charles Taylor and Congolese warlordThomas Lubango Dilo, issued by the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone and the InternationalCriminal Court (ICC) respectively. There has also been an expansion of the jurisdiction of theAfrican Court to include crimes against humanity and war crimes, and the possibility of the EastAfrican Court of Justice petitioning the ICC to transfer the trials of four Kenyans to its ownjurisdiction.However, research demonstrates that while formal “international” judicial approaches toprosecuting crimes are important for ensuring accountability and combating impunity within state-centric governance systems, victims often maintain broader expectations that justice will moredirectly right the wrongs that have been done to them, and that these may be achieved throughsuch mechanisms as truth seeking, reparations, memorialisation, acknowledgement, reconciliation,and guarantees of non-repetition.The 3rd IATJ will explore these differences in perspectives on justice to be found in individualvictims, affected communities, state parties and international institutions. Participants will engagein the critical dilemmas related to balancing the prosecution of selected perpetrators with broaderprograms to heal the wounds of conflicts and the injuries of oppression.Questions to be articulated and discussed include: What are the gaps and opportunities in currentapproaches to international and domestic criminal justice processes for victims? If “international”justice is truly international, why are African states attempting to limit the ICC’s jurisdiction? What
  2. 2. difference would it make for righting wrongs if the prosecution of international crimes took place atthe sub-regional or continental level? How can formal prosecutorial approaches to justice becomplemented by other mechanisms (most notably reparations, truth-telling, memorialisation,traditional justice, etc.), and how can those mechanisms resonate with individual senses of justiceneeded to foster individual, community and national healing? What are the categories of victimsand violations (physical, sexual, gender-based, economic, social, cultural) that must be addressedin seeking justice? Where, when and how must these violations be remedied? How can individualand community healing be achieved? How do courts determine who is entitled to reparations,and how are differences in the nature of violations accounted for? How are reparationsimplemented at the local, national and international level? What gaps exist, and what are the bestpractices? How gendered are reparations programmes, and how can gender-based crimes beaddressed?Target group:The Institute targets researchers, graduate students, policy-makers, practitioners, andhumanitarian actors with an interest in the field of transitional justice, from Research Institutions,Universities, Civil Society Organisations, NGOs, International NGOs, Regional Organisations,Foreign Missions and United Nations’ Agencies, located in or with a particular focus on Africa. TheInstitute hosts a maximum of 40 participants; therefore interested parties are encouraged to submitapplications promptly.Methodology:The Institute invites regional speakers and experts in the African transitional justice field to sharetheir experience in contextualising and “localising” transitional justice policies and practices, and indrawing on local practice to influence “international” policy. Speakers draw on their analytical andpractical expertise to offer insights on the future and potential limits of transitional justice in post-conflict communities, particularly in Africa but also beyond.The Institute uses a combination of approaches, including lectures, review of documentaryfootage, group exercises, interactive sessions, open space, and writing and reflection exercises.These provide multiple opportunities for participants to engage with emerging issues related torighting wrongs through transitional justice. Perspectives developed during the institute arepublished in a book. The first publication “Where Law Meets Reality: Forging an AfricanTransitional Justice” is accessible at http://fahamubooks.org/book/?GCOI=90638100649880Fee:Participants from within Africa will pay USD 1050 (one thousand fifty US Dollars) and those fromoutside Africa will pay USD 1300 (one thousand three hundred US Dollars). The fee covers thecourse fee, cost of materials, full-board accommodation for six nights, and round trip transportationcosts from Kampala to Kitgum.Scholarships:There are a limited number of partial and full scholarships for strongly motivated applicants.Preference will be given to scholars and practitioners originating from AU member states andMorocco who are actively involved with African institutions and civil society organizations.Applicants applying for a scholarship must write a one page statement of need. 2
  3. 3. http://refugeelawproject.org/IATJ_application.phpApplication procedure: 1) Fill in the Online Application Form, by clicking on www.refugeelawproject.org/IATJ.php. Please attach the following documents to your application: • One page writing sample on any aspect of transitional justice practices and policies in Africa • One reference letter from your organization or institution • Current CV (maximum 3 pages) 2) Send a copy of your application to research@refugeelawproject.org title IATJ 3 Application. 3) Deadline for submitting applications is 10th February 2013For further information regarding the IATJ, the 3rd Institute, and the application procedure, pleasekindly visit www.refugeelawproject.org , or email Stephen Oola at research@refugeelawproject.organd Helen Mayelle at iatj@refugeelawproject.org or h.mayelle@refugeelawproject.org . Phonecontact: +256-776897003. New Upcoming Event: South-South Institute on Sexual Violence against Men & Boys 8 – 12 April 2013 Kampala, Uganda Refugee Law Project is pleased to announce the first South-South Institute addressing the question of Sexual Violence Against Men & Boys. The focus of the five day programme will be on sexual violence in conflict and asylum contexts. The Institute, which is being developed in partnership with First Step Cambodia and Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (New Zealand), and with inputs from the Human Rights Law Clinic of the University of California Berkeley, will feature a combination of workshops, policy round- tables, academic presentations, and awareness raising dialogues with medical and legal faculty and students. For further information, please write to info@refugeelawproject.org with the subject heading “South-South Institute on Sexual Violence against Men & Boys” 3

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