The Scripts and Settings of Transitional Justice: Procedure, Protocol and Form
(On-line conference, June 14-16, 2021)
The Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University is organizing an international conference on the relationship between the objectives and outcomes of transitional justice processes, on the one hand, and the procedural rules and practices used in such processes, on the other.
The conference will take place on June 14-16, 2021. In light of the continued uncertainty regarding international travel due to COVID-19, the conference will be held in an on-line format.
The body of scholarship engaged with the role of law in transitions from conflict and oppression to peace, democracy and human rights has long been based on the premise that such transitional justice processes serve a range of functions beyond the punitive ones of traditional criminal law. These include, inter alia, giving victims a voice, constructing historical and political narratives, advancing truth-telling and promoting reconciliation. Moreover, transitional justice processes have emerged in numerous and highly variegated political, social and cultural settings. Consequently, the practices of transitional justice have generated a broad and diverse spectrum of legal or quasi-legal institutions and proceedings, alongside socio-political processes: permanent or ad hoc, formal or informal, international or domestic, engaging criminal liability or rather other forms of accountability.
While the general choice of process or forum along these lines is a central attribute of transitional justice, less attention has been paid to the ways in which the objectives of transitional justice processes shape their more fine-grained procedural rules and practices – their scripts and settings; how these objectives and substantive outcomes are shaped by procedure, protocol and form; and how rules pertaining to these are embedded in cultural and social perceptions of justice, truth, social hierarchies and authority.
The conference seeks to explore key questions relating to procedure, protocol and form in transitional justice.