Beyond Words: Latin American Truth Commissions’ Recommendations

Project partners: University of Oslo, University of Arkansas at Little Rock,CELS (Argentina), IDEHPUPC (Peru), FLACSO (Guatemala) Funder: Norwegian Research Council, Latin America Programme. Over the past three decades, over 40 countries have established truth commissions (TCs) to investigate past patterns of gross human rights violations and recommend measures of redress. More than a third of […]

Drivers of Justice: The Dynamics of Accountability Mechanisms in Transitions from Violent Conflict

Addressing human rights violations of the past through transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms is a persistent demand in many countries emerging from violent conflict, and has a central place in the evolving UN policy framework for peacebuilding. Yet mechanisms such as trials and truth commissions are sometimes aborted or deferred through compromises, often have unclear impact, […]

Reconceptualising Transitional Justice: The Latin American Experience

The main aim of this project is to develop a comprehensive analytical framework for comparative analysis to explore how the choice of mechanisms for handling gross human rights violations (truth commissions, trials, amnesties, and reparations) may affect peace building. A twofold strategy will be used to develop the framework: First, by collecting and systematically examining […]

A Way Out of Violent Conflict? The Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms on Peacebuilding

Transitional justice mechanisms such as criminal trials and truth commissions have increasingly been adopted in the aftermath of violent conflict, and are generally considered vital to peacebuilding. Yet we know very little about the actual impact of such strategies on the societies concerned. This project has two aims: (i) to develop an analytical framework useful […]

Judicial Independence and Human Rights in Latin America: Violations, Politics and Prosecution

In many Latin American countries, former military officers are now facing charges of torture, murder, forced disappearance, and genocide committed under the dictatorships of the 1970s and 1980s. Why is this happening now, years after the transition to democracy? And why are courts in some countries leading the way? This comparative analysis, focusing on the […]

Transitional Justice, Violence and Reconciliation

What are the links between transitional justice mechanisms and the degree of violence and reconciliation in a post-war or post-authoritarian society? Countries emerging from major conflict face vast human rights challenges. To address these and reduce the violence, dealing with the past and promoting reconciliation are often considered key priorities. Mechanisms to deal with the […]