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.
The course is open exclusively to United Nations Volunteers, holding a valid contract. Please note that a verfication will be carried out by UNVs Programme prior to the beginning of the course. Only those participants for whom possession of a valid contract is confirmed will be enrolled in the course.
No reimboursement will be possible for participants who enroll without a valid UNV contract.
- Minimum hardware and software requirements:
- Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X.
- Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader (download for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html).
- Adobe Flash Player (download for free at http:/get.adobe.com/flashplayer)
- Microsoft Office (Windows or Apple version) or Open Office (download for free at http://www.openoffice.org )
- Modem: 56 K
The course Introduction to Peace Operations has been awarded the 2012 international Open ECBCheck Standards.