Saturday, May 12, 2007

Conference: Transitional Justice and International Law: Cooperation or Competition?

Oxford's Centre for the Study of Social Justice will host a conference, June 22-23, 2007, on Transitional Justice and International Law: Cooperation or Competition? The conference program is here. Why attend?

Transitional justice in post-conflict societies is increasingly no longer a matter of domestic law and politics. Over the past ten years, new institutions of international criminal law such as the International Criminal Court, states exercising universal jurisdiction, and international or hybrid criminal tribunals have transformed transitional justice into transnational justice. Has the transnationalization of post-conflict justice been a positive contribution for states seeking post-conflict recovery and retroactive justice? Are new transnational courts contributing to, or hindering, peace-making and democratic transition?

The conference is an international gathering of experts from law, international relations, political theory, and international NGOs. Topics include the legal and political role of international courts, the status of national amnesties in international criminal law, interstate relations and the uses of power in international law, and local justice and international criminal codes.