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Transitional justice and peacebuilding [PTP.2012.22E]

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Web Based
9 Jul 2012 to 3 Aug 2012
Duration of event:
4 Weeks
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A limited number of fellowships are available for candidates from Least Developed Countries (as per the UN-OHRLLS list).
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With the increasing call for and formation of truth commissions, trials, and other justice mechanisms worldwide, the concept of ‘transitional justice’ has become widespread. Peacebuilding actors face immense challenges when assisting societies devastated by conflict or emerging from repressive rule to re-establish the rule of law and confront large-scale human rights violations. The United Nations has acquired significant experience in transitional justice in these contexts and has demonstrated that reconciliation and consolidation of peace in the long-term necessitates the establishment or re-establishment of an effective administrative and justice system founded on respect for the rule of law and the protection of human rights.
The goal of this course is to present the concept of transitional justice in peacebuilding contexts, providing an overview of current strategies and mechanisms, their nature and practical application. The course also discusses the challenges and lessons learned that various actors may encounter when assisting societies devastated by conflict or emerging from repressive rule to re-establish an effective administrative and justice system.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of transitional justice and its role in peacebuilding contexts;
  • List and discuss the different transitional justice mechanisms and strategies using practical case examples and broad theories;
  • Relate transitional justice mechanisms to other peacebuilding activities; 
  • Identify best practices, lessons learned and likely future options in transitional justice.

The course is composed of four modules that will be covered over four weeks:

  • Module 1: Introduction to transitional justice
  • Module 2: Taking a holistic approach to transitional justice
  • Module 3: Transitional justice mechanisms and strategies
  • Module 4: Linkages with other peacebuilding activities and way forward
UNITAR PTP adopts an approach to training that highlights experiential and collaborative learning. This approach focuses on the learning needs, interests and styles of participants to ensure the relevance and retention of content and puts particular emphasis on the active participation of learners through practice-oriented learning environments.
UNITAR PTP’s approach allows participants to share knowledge and experiences and contribute dynamically to the learning process. Through this process, participants not only acquire information but also contribute to the construction of knowledge in a way that is meaningful and directly applicable to the reality of peace operations. Instructors guide participants through this process, delivering and conveying information, clarifying doubts and supporting participants through different activities.
UNITAR PTP’s approach to training puts particular emphasis on monitoring and evaluation.  This process continuously develops course structure and activities to better suit participants’ areas of interest. This also allows for a review process that systematically improves course design and implementation for future versions of the course.
Courses address a broad audience of civilians, such as students, researchers, academics and individuals from governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as national and regional military and police personnel of every rank and function.
Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of the field. However, for advanced courses, a general understanding of the structure, components and functioning of a peace operation is highly advisable.
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