Transitional Justice

Thematic Focus: Transitional Justice

All shall be equal before the law - Graffiti in Cape Town, South AfricaAll shall be equal before the law - Graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Kerimcan Akduman@Flickr. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

In recent years, concepts of transitional justice for dealing with societies‘ conflict-ridden past have become increasingly important and are often emphasized by peace researchers and politicians as ways of securing peace. The aim is to achieve reconciliation or at least an improvement in relations between the parties that were involved in the conflict, and to find a way for an often divided society to find peaceful forms of coexistence and thus prevent future conflicts.

The International Criminal Court

Blind in one eye? The International Criminal Court 10 years on

Dr. Monika Hauser of Medica Mondiale, Cologne about the experience of justice, impunity, law enforcement strategies, as well as a general and specific review of the work of the International Criminal Court on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary on 1 July 2012.

By Monika Hauser

Special Court for Sierra Leone

We shall be justice!

"We shall be justice!" said Charlotte Bunch, at the opening of the Women’s Court in Sarajevo which represents an alternative model of transitional justice which introduces a gender perspective into existing mechanisms of attainment of justice, this time based on feminist foundations.

By Paula Petričević

Expert Talks

Violent Conflicts and Conflict Prevention

The background of violent conflicts and wars is multifaceted. Yet, an essential factor is often disregarded in the cause analysis: gender-political dynamics. However, looking at the power relations between women and men is also important to understand how crises and wars develop, how they can be prevented and how lasting peace can be achieved. Peace is more than the absence of war. A gender-equitable and non-violent society cannot be realized through the military but through civil society forms of conflict regulation, mainly through prevention. The gender issue plays a decisive role in this process.