Localizing Transitional Justice in the US: Cultural Protection and the Politics of Memory


In the United States, we are witnessing a surge in local efforts to address legacies of historic injustices like slavery and colonization of Native Americans, as well as the injustices of anti-immigrant policies and the War on Terror. Systemic injustice may be perpetrated by national leaders and policies but is experienced at the local level. How are communities utilizing transitional justice methods like memorialization to promote the values and practices of justice? This panel brings together diverse examples from local contexts to examine the role of art, public memory, and cultural practices in addressing legacies of state-sponsored terror. By focusing on local initiatives, panelists highlight the power of communities to instigate justice practices in the absence of state accountability.

Laurel E. Fletcher, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
Robert Lee, University of Cambridge
Nicholas Natividad, New Mexico State University
Matiangai Sirleaf, University of Maryland School of Law (Moderator)
Jennifer Taylor, Equal Justice Initiative
Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

Registration: https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvceysrj0jHNfCByHVeeQ_gZwJfalnoQtk

Date and Location

Friday, March 19, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm