Transitional Justice

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
5 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018

Professor Miriam Estrada-Castillo

Over the past decades, transitional justice has emerged as an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that aims to understand and advance a complex range of goals, from strengthening democratic transitions and peacebuilding processes to enabling reconciliation.

The objective of this Course is twofold: to analyse the mechanisms and trends of transitional justice in the UN post-conflict peacebuilding processes, and to clarify some of their possible impacts on the international legal order. From an inter-disciplinary perspective, the course will briefly analise the different approaches to transitional justice along with its mechanisms including trials, truth commissions, compensation programs, apologies and commemorations. 
Similarly, the course will address the investigate normative utilised by transitional justice processes and assess its effects and efficacy of the transitional justice processes. The course will finish examining the always controversial subject of amnesty.

Miriam Estrada-Castillo

Dr. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law. Prior to joining UPEACE, Dr. Estrada-Castillo worked as the Senior legal and political officer in the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). Prior to that position, she has worked with the UN system in various capacities, including as the International Prosecutor General, UN Peacekeeping Mission for East-Timor (DPKO), Expert and Vice-Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Chief of Field of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Latin America Regional Adviser on Gender, Human Rights and Culture of Peace for UNESCO. She has also worked as the President of the Ecuadorian Supreme Court of Juvenile Justice and as the Minister of Social Affairs in Ecuador. In her academic life, she worked recently as the Director of Master Degree Courses on Gender and the Law and Children in Armed Conflict, Lund University, Sweden. She is a Visiting Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) and has also taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. She is the author of the Ecuadorian Law on Violence against Women and of the first Legislation for Minors and Family in the country.

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