8 June 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00

Seminar: Transitional Justice, Social Justice, and Human Rights

Traditionally, transitional justice processes have narrowly focused on violations of civil and political rights (right to life / freedom from torture) and have largely ignored violations of economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights (right to health / education / work). ESC rights are often viewed as being better addressed by more forward-looking processes, such as development schemes. Separating the two sets of rights, however, may ignore the underlying causes of conflict, such as structural inequality, leading to future tensions.

This seminar will explore the conceptual relationship between transitional justice, social justice, and human rights. It aims to examine why ESC rights violations have or have not been included in TJ mechanisms with a view to providing answers both to the kinds of obstacles that prevent making TJ processes more inclusive, and to the dangers of doing so.

The seminar aims to address the following broader questions:

  • Can transitional justice frameworks adequately address violations of economic, social and cultural rights?
  • Should transitional justice aim to transform societies and/or the lives of individuals affected by serious human rights violations?
  • And, if so, does transitional justice need to think beyond human rights frameworks in order to become transformational?
9.00 - 9.30h

Registration of Participants

9.30 - 9.45h

Philip Langbroek, Montaigne Research Centre
Brianne McGonigle Leyh


9.45 - 11.30h

Transitional Justice and Human Rights
Moderator: Iva Vukusic, Utrecht University

  • Marieke Wierda, Advisor to Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Antony Pemberton, Tilburg University
  • Jonathan Doak, University of Nottingham


11.30 - 11.45h


11.45 - 13.00h

Transitional Justice and Social Justice
Moderator: Eduardo Arenas Catalán, Utrecht University

  • Vjeran Pavlakovic, University of Rijeka
  • Elena Butti, Oxford University
  • Filipa Raimundo, University of Lisbon
13.00 - 14.00h


14.00 - 15.15h

Transformative Justice
Moderator: Susanne Knittel, Utrecht University

  • Tessa Diphoorn, Utrecht University
  • Luke Moffett, Queens University
  • Ester Munoz, University of Deusto
15.15 - 15.30h


15.30 - 16.45h

Limitations of Transitional Justice
Moderator: Aurélie Roche-Mair, International Bar Association

  • Antoine Buyse, Utrecht University
  • Anja Mihr, University of Erfurt
  • Brianne McGonigle Leyh, Utrecht University
16.45 - 17.00h

Closing Remarks



This event is sponsored by:

  • Research focus area of Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights
  • Montaigne Centre for Judicial Administration and Conflict Resolution
  • Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM)
logo's Utrecht University, SIM, Montaigne Centre
Start date and time
8 June 2017 09:00
End date and time
8 June 2017 17:00