Conference: Problematizing Reconciliation in Local Contexts and the Role of the International Community

Although often used, the term ‘reconciliation’ remains problematic. It lacks conceptual clarity and is always a very complex process in local realities. A vast literature deals with the role, design and effectiveness of the transitional justice programs implemented by the international organizations (EU, UN), international and local NGO’s, and the states.

However the mismatch between the transitional justice programs, imposed and in some cases implemented by the international community, and local responses has been insufficiently analyzed. Recent literature on criminal justice and peacebuilding sheds more light on the mismatch between the top down transitional justice programs and local responses. However, reconciliation in local contexts has been insufficiently analyzed. The results of transitional justice programs on the ground in post and ongoing conflict zones reflect an absence of the desired outcomes, ie reconciliation between former enemies, by the international and local community. Therefore this workshop aims to analyze the role of the international community and the potential different or similar meanings of reconciliation between the local and international community in the transitional justice framework. This workshop attempts to deepen the meaning of reconciliation in local contexts and trace the influence of the international community on reconciliation. The latter includes states represented through Embassies, IOs, NGOs, humanitarian organizations, universities, religious organizations and other stakeholders. The case studies on the agenda include Western Balkans, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. For more information, please find attached the preliminary program.

Time: 18th of May 2016

Venue:  Schouwburgstraat 2, 2511 VA The Hague

Registration: Please register by April 15th, by sending RECONCILLIATION, your name, affiliation and contact information to MIRD@fgga.leidenuniv.nl

Preliminary Program Reconciliation