Type: Public event

Critical Engagement with Transitional Justice: Perspectives from Africa and Latin America

Date & time

Oct 10, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm EDT


Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Colombia and South Africa experienced two of the longest civil conflicts since the Second World War. Both underwent intensive, tenuous and difficult negotiations in order to end their respective conflicts peacefully. What does it mean in such contexts to bring about “transitional justice?” What values and interests tend to drive transitional justice processes, and what aspects of justice tend to be overlooked? How can societies address key forms of injustice that formal transitional justice processes downplay or omit? What were the comparative successes, failures and difficulties that face societies after conflict in their quest for greater democracy, human rights and social justice?  This interdisciplinary panel will offer a comparative cross-regional discussion of transitional justice. Leading scholars from Africa and Latin America will share insights about macro-level commonalities in transitional justice processes across diverse societies. They will also examine how those high-level dynamics have affected micro-level social, civil and political dynamics in the various countries they study, work and live in—and thus the experiences of ordinary survivors seeking remedies to continuing injustice.

Participating speakers:

Litheko Modisane (University of Cape Town)

Keith Vermeulen (South African Council of Churches)

Alejandro Castillejo-Cuellar (Universidad de los Andes)

Gustavo Jose Rojas Paez (Universidad Libre de Colombia)

Co-moderated by: Yazier Henry (University of Michigan) and Elizabeth Drexler (Michigan State University)

This event is co-sponsored by: The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The African Studies Center, The Donia Human Rights Center, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy