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January 26: Colleen Murphy (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in KTH B124

“Transitional Justice and the International Rule of Law”

Abstract: Societies emerging from periods of conflict or repression and trying to democratize characteristically try to address past wrongs using processes other than criminal punishment. There is, however, deep disagreement as to whether justice is achieved with alternate measures such as amnesty or a truth commission. I argue that transitional justice is not aimed at giving perpetrators what they deserve, but rather is aimed at transforming a society in a just manner.  Multiple kinds of processes can contribute to this transformation. I then discuss and dismiss one source of possible tension between the flexibility transitional justice may permit and the uniformity the international rule of law seems to demand.



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Date(s) - January 26, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

McMaster University, Kenneth Taylor Hall B124


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