Annual Lecture on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Date: 6 February 2019 Time: 16:30-20:30 Venue: Handelshøyskole BI (Kong Christian Frederiks plass 5) 16:30 Welcome – canteen 1st floor 17:00 Opening speeches and dinner 18:30 Performance “Risten & Ante” by Mikkel Gaup 19:15 Lecture and panel debate – auditorium 3, 3rd floor Per Selle (Professor of Comparative Politics, UiB) Urfolks rett til selvstyre: Sametinget i […]

Women on the Bench

Date: Wednesday 22 August Time: 14:00–15:00 Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen How is it to be a woman judge? What are the incentives and obstacles that women face on the road to judgeship in different societies?  And does it make a difference – to the operation of the court, its […]

Pardoning crimes against humanity: the case of Fujimori

Date: Friday 9th February 2018 Time: 08:30 – 09:30 Place: Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen Fujimori is a deeply divisive figure in Peru. After his election in 1990, he ruled for a decade. Some consider him a corrupt dictator, while others credit him with saving Peru from economic ruin and leftist […]

Book launch: Truth Commissions. Memory, Power, and Legitimacy

Date: Tuesday 12 September Time: 8:30-09:30. Welcome to the launch of the award-winning book by Onur Bakiner (Seattle University) on the role truth commissions play in contemporary societies. Introductions by Elin Skaar (Chr. Michelsen Institute). At the launch Bakiner, currently visiting scholar at Chr. Michelsen Institute, will present his book Truth Commissions. Memory, Power, and […]

Annual Lecture on Law and Social Transformation by Kathryn Sikkink: Evidence of Hope: Making Human Rights Work in the 21st Century

In her lecture Prof. Sikkink makes the case that, yes, human rights work. Critics may counter that the movement is in serious jeopardy: Guantánamo is still open, the Arab Spring protests crushed, and governments are cracking down on NGOs everywhere. But Sikkink draws on decades of research and fieldwork to provide a rigorous rebuttal to […]

Roundtable: Transitional Justice in Latin America – Book Launch

This new book – co-authored and co-edited by Elin Skaar, Jemima García-Godos, and Cath Collins, addresses current developments in transitional justice in Latin America – effectively the first region to undergo concentrated transitional justice experiences in modern times. Using a comparative approach, the book examines trajectories in truth, justice, reparations, and amnesties in nine countries […]

EADI panel: Gender and Transitional Justice: How are gendered crimes and injustices dealt with in transitional justice processes?

Transitional justice mechanisms have become the norm in post-conflict & post-authoritarian settings. Whereas processes to address past gross human rights violations were largely nationally driven in the 1980s and early 1990s, international involvement has become increasingly common and the processes have evolved in several respects: International law has gained importance for how transitional justice measures […]

Roundtable: ‘Beyond Words’ project on truth commission recommendations

The transformative potential of truth commissions (TCs) arguably lies most directly in the body of recommendations put forward in the report. TC recommendations usually include reforms in the legal, political and social fields, and reparations of various kinds. The list is often extensive. The tendency over time has been towards longer list of recommendations. This […]

Is the ICC a tool of western imperialism in Africa?

Is the ICC targeting Africa inappropriately or are there sound reasons and justifications for why most of the situations under investigation, and all prosecutions, happens to be in Africa? Can the anti-ICC rhetoric in Africa be explained by other political mechanisms on the continent, such as the creation of an African Criminal Court granting immunity […]

Can the ICC end Israel’s illegal occupation in Palestine?

Does the ICC have the power to bring war crimes charges against Israeli nationals for Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem? Could the controversial UN Security Council resolution, stating that Israeli settlements constitute a violation of international law, provide the ICC cause to order a full investigation of Israeli settlement construction? In […]