A podcast series from the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, sharing our public lectures and events from key scholars and practitioners. The TJI is a world-leading research institute investigating themes of conflict, transitional justice, human rights, gender and international law. Learn more about our research, public events, taught postgraduate programmes (LLM Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice; LLM Gender, Conflict and Human Rights) and our PhD community at www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk.
The Grip of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Feminist Interventions in International Law, Professor Karen Engle
The TJI was delighted to welcome Professor Karen Engle to discuss her important new book: 'The Grip of Sexual Violence: Feminists Interventions in International Law' published by Stanford University Press (2020). The monograph traces three decades of feminist engagement with international law and institutions with a focus on how and why both feminist activism and international law became “gripped” by the issue of sexual violence in conflict. It traces the impact that women’s human rights advocates have had on international law and vice versa, concentrating on their treatment of sexual violence in conflict. It considers a variety of international institutional and legal sites and debates in which sexual violence in conflict has played a central role: those involving military intervention, international criminal law, and human peace and security. The seminar focuses in particular on these dynamics at the UN Security Council.
TJI LLM Information Webinar about our LLMs in transitional justice, human rights, gender, conflict
Learn more about the Transitional Justice Institute's taught postgraduate programmes in transitional justice, human rights, gender and conflict. Hear from current and former students. Apply here: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/transitional-justice-institute/study/llm-master-of-laws.
Onur Bakiner, Truth Commission Impact: Insights from Recent Scholarship
In this talk, Onur Bakiner provided an overview of the philosophical underpinnings, conceptual frames, and methodological choices informing the scholarship on truth commission impact to examine whether, how, how much, and why truth commissions influence policy, court decisions, and social norms. The findings of empirical scholarship range from partial confirmation of these bold and at times vague expectations to damning accounts of commissions’ failure to deliver.What is more, scholars have set implicit and explicit standards for what coming to terms with the past truth a truth commission should mean: building liberal democratic institutions, transforming socioeconomic, gendered and racialized hierarchies, and reflecting local values, norms and power dynamics. Especially those studies that demand attentiveness to social justice and local justice have reported disappointment with truth commissions’ achievements.Comments were provided by:Cath Collins, Professor of Transitional Justice at Ulster University and Director of the Observatorio de Justicia Transicional, Universidad Diego Portales, ChileBrandon Hamber, Professor at International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) and John Hume and Thomas P. O'Neill Chair in Peace, Ulster University.Speaker profileOnur Bakiner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Seattle University, USA. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights, and judicial politics. His book Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) investigates the role truth commissions play in contemporary societies, and was awarded the Best Book Award by the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association in 2017.
Book Launch and Roundtable: Women's Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law
This is the recording of the launch of Dr Catherine O’Rourke’s new monograph, Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law(Cambridge University Press, 2020).This event included comments from Catherine O'Rourke and Christine Bell, and featured a roundtable discussion chaired by Debora Kayembe with the following high-level experts from the fields of women's rights, conflict and international law:Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General of Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomBandana Rana, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Adrian Johnson, UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development OfficeVanessa Murphy, International Committee of the Red CrossEmily Kenney, UN WomenHosted by the Transitional Justice Institute at Ulster University and the Political Settlements Research Programme at Edinburgh Law School.Women’s Rights in Armed Conflict under International Law examines the protection of women’s rights in armed conflict under international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international human rights law and the United Nations Security Council. Through a series of case studies (DRC, Colombia, Nepal) and emblematic violations, the research identifies and proposes several opportunities to strengthen the legal status of specific protections to women’s rights; to improve how key institutions comply with and implement their own guarantees of women’s rights; to improve coordination amongst key institutions; and to maximise the strengths of different monitoring and enforcement procedures in order to enhance the overall protection of women’s rights in conflict under international law. A policy brief drawn from the book is also available.
Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Perspectives from Northern Uganda, Dr Philipp Schulz
In this seminar, Dr. Philipp Schulz talks about his recently launched book 'Male Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence: Perspectives from Northern Uganda' (University of California Press), based on his doctoral research conducted at the Transitional Justice Institute in Ulster University, Northern Ireland. Although wartime sexual violence against men occurs more frequently than is commonly assumed, its dynamics are remarkably underexplored, and male survivors’ experiences remain particularly overlooked. This reality is poignant in northern Uganda, where sexual violence against men during the early stages of the conflict was geographically widespread, yet now accounts of those incidents are not just silenced and neglected locally but also widely absent from analyses of the war. Based on rare empirical data, this book seeks to remedy this marginalization and to illuminate the seldom-heard voices of male sexual violence survivors in northern Uganda, bringing to light their experiences of gendered harms, agency, and justice.'The Ugandan men who have survived male-perpetrated wartime rape have a lot to teach us - about constructing non-oppressive masculinities, creating mutual support, and building gender-aware sustainable peace. In his ethnographically nuanced study, Philipp Schulz also charts a more grounded approach to international justice.' - Cynthia Enloe, author of The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging the Persistence of PatriarchyThe book is available Open Access: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/97805203...
Ireland and the United Nations Security Council: What can be Achieved for Peace and Security?
The Irish Peace and Conflict Network, which includes the TJI, hosted this Panel discussion which explored what success and impact in relation to peace and conflict would look like for Ireland during Ireland's term on the Security Council. It explored the priorities for Security Council action in conflict-affected contexts, and what we can learn from past experiences of member states on the Council. Sonja Hyland, Political Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade makes opening remarks, alongside: Prof Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism; Radhya Al-Mutawakel, Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights; Louise Winstanley, ABColombia; and Gustavo de Carvalho, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Africa. Prof Siobhan Wills, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University; Co-producer and co-director of Right Now I Want to Scream and It Stays With You, https://itstayswithyou.com; Prof Monica McWilliams, Transitional Justice Institute Professor Emeritus, chaired the discussion.