Local, Regional and International Perspectives on Political Settlement and Transition
Coordinadores: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Transitional Justice Institute, Belfast), Gina Bekker (Transitional Justice Institute, Belfast)
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This workshop explored the interconnections between transitional justice and political settlement in multiple institutional settings and interdisciplinary perspectives. The workshop brought together a diverse group of scholars and practitioners from very different disciplines and geographies including political science, law, gender studies, and social policy. The workshop was crafted to pay close attention to these intellectual synergies, connections and disjunctions between fields to enable better intellectual cohesion and to address the real world implications for policymakers and societies in transition. The workshop paid close attention to the overlaps between transitional justice and political settlement advancing a broader intellectual approach designed to close intellectual gaps, encourage conversations across disciplines and engage policy makers in the process. Each session of the workshop included included a speaker working in government, non-governmental or international institutional context. In addition the workshop was committed to integrating graduate students into the conversation and one Ph.D. student presented doctoral work in progress in each session. In particular the workshop paid attention to the follow thematic issues:
- The importance/value attached to local and indigenous settlement and accountability processes versus the value of external mediation and enforcement by regional and international institutions.
- The significance and weight to be attached to elite deal making versus consultation and bottom up processes.
- The legal and political tradeoffs in security peace versus advancing justice claims
- The various regional approaches to transitional justice and political settlement with a particular emphasis on the African experience
The workshop was productive and highly engaged and much enjoyed by all participants.