Transitional Justice, Rule of Law, and Guarantees of Non-Repetition


To what extent can and should transitional justice engage with the prevention of future violations? In many states emerging from armed conflict or repressive regimes, violence and crime often surge and new forms of human rights violations emerge.

One of the oft-repeated pillars of transitional justice is “guarantees of non-repetition,” yet the scope and limits of the concept remain unclear. Moreover, there are few on-the-ground links or conversations between communities of practice dealing with transitional justice, rule of law reform and structural changes. This workshop considers how continuities of human rights violations, crime and violence and structural reforms should best be dealt with during and post-transition. How do transitional justice initiatives complement, conflict with, ignore or swallow up other rule of law or reform initiatives, or vice versa? What should the balance look like in specific cases?


  • Padraig McAuliffe, University of Liverpool, author of Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Reconstruction;
  • Marcelo Torelly, visiting academic, University of Oxford, former director, Historical Memory, Brazilian Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission; and
  • Marieke Wierda, Senior Human Rights Officer, Transitional Justice, UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)


  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings College of Law

This event is cosponsored by the American Society of International Law's Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group, the Transitional Justice Institute, and the Essex Transitional Justice Network.

Date and Location

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
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