Transitional justice from above and below? A global comparative perspective. Lecture 2; Truth for peace?

  • Date: –15:00
  • Location: Engelska Parken, Eng2-1076
  • Lecturer: Karen Brounéus, Dept of Peace and Conflict Research, UU
  • Organiser: Hugo Valentin-centrum
  • Contact person: Holly Guthrey
  • Phone: 018-471 7589
  • Föreläsning

Truth for peace?
Learning from the Solomon Islands

This open lecture series will speak to the ongoing debate in the field of transitional justice regarding whether it is best to pursue post-conflict justice and reconciliation strategies from the top-down or bottom-u, i.e. should states or international organizations lead these efforts, or should they be developed and implemented by local, grassroots actors. In an effort to build across regional borders, inducing case studies from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Jerusalem, Rwanda and Solomon Islands. Each lecture will reflect on important questions surrounding the possible risks and benefits of pursuing transitional justice from above or below.

Karen Brounéus is Associate Professor and Director of Studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. Her research combines psychology and peace research and in 2008 she finished her PhD on the psychological aspects of truth and reconciliation processes in postconflict societies. Dr Bronéus currently leads a project on Gender, War-trauma and Peacebuildning in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and is finishing a book on the links between the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission process and attitudes towards peace.