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Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding [PTP.2014.11E]

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Web Based
5 Mar 2014 to 9 Apr 2014
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5 Weeks
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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 the course Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding is to present the concept of transitional justice in peacebuilding contexts, providing a holistic overview of current strategies and mechanisms, their nature and practical application, and the challenges and lessons learned associated to their implementation in post-conflict settings.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Illustrate the broad concept of transitional justice, its key elements and mechanisms, and its role in post-conflict peacebuilding contexts;
  • Present the reasons for taking a holistic approach to transitional justice;
  • Develop a transitional justice strategy selecting the most appropriate among the different mechanisms, according to broad theories and case examples;
  • Relate transitional justice mechanisms to other peacebuilding activities; and
  • Summarize best practices, lessons learned and the way forward in transitional justice.
The course is composed of five modules that will be covered over five weeks:
  • Module 1: Introduction to Transitional Justice
  • Module 2: Taking a Holistic Approach
  • Module 3: Transitional Justice Mechanisms and Strategies
  • Module 4: Linkages with other Peacebuilding Activities
  • Module 5: Transitional Justice and the Way Forward
This course requires intensive work throughout the weeks. The average workload is 8 to 10 hours per week; the total workload for the course is around 40 hours. An additional 10 hours are estimated for the pre-course preparation.
The methodological strategy takes into account the amount of information to be covered within the course with the aim of enabling the achievement of the learning objectives set for the course.
In order to address training audience’s needs this course has been entirely reviewed and reconceived in late 2013, on the basis of all the feedbacks, suggestions and comments received by the participants in the previous intakes.
The course now revolves around a purpose-created scenario with the main objective of fostering, through a practical problem-solving approach, a solid awareness of the transitional justice framework and concepts, role and potentialities and endow practitioners with skills and expertise needed to design and implement effective and impactful holistic transitional justice approaches and strategies to address challenges and issues associated with post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding.  

The PTP staff developed for this course a methodology that, in addition to Scenario-based Activities, Lessons, Readings and Discussion Forums, will employ diverse interactive methodologies aimed at enhancing participants’ learning through interesting, interactive and experiential ways, stimulating participants’ contributions and drawing upon their own experiences.

Each module also includes self-assessment activities and exercises aimed at assessing the progressive results and improvements of the learning process of the participants. These are individual activities that draw upon purpose-created scenarios, case studies and forum debates that will assist and help the learners to retain the contents of the course and concretely apply the knowledge acquired during the lessons.
Primary audience
The primary audience of the course includes civilians and civil servants from international, regional or local governmental and non-governmental organizations, working on matters involving transitional justice and peacebuilding. 
Secondary audience
The course addresses a secondary audience composed of national and regional military, police and civilian personnel – not necessarily working on matters involving transitional justice and peacebuilding but interested in the subject – serving or interested in serving in peace operations.
Finally, the course also addresses a broader audience of civilians from universities and research centers working or interested in working with transitional justice and peacebuilding.
Participants are not expected to have prior experience in or knowledge of transitional justice. However, as this is an advanced course, participants must:
  • Be familiar with the concept of peacebuilding as well as with the structure and functioning of a peace operation;
  • Have a university degree in a relevant area with proven interest in the specific topic covered by the course (BA or equivalent) or the equivalent working experience in a relevant field (2 to 4 years);
  • Have good command of English language (reading and writing);
  • Be computer literate.
Please note that UNITAR PTP fellowships are awarded only to a small numbers of applicants from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and are not differed or transferred to another course. You might wish to refer the UN-OHRLLS list by clicking here.
Technical Requirements
UNITAR recommends the following as a minimum in hardware and software to take our e-Learning courses. Please consult your Network Administrator or Systems person to ensure that you have the following:
  • Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X; Linux
  • Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space
  • Software:
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    • Microsoft Office (Windows or Mac) or Open Office (click here to download for free)
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