Part I (2020-2021)
PANEL 1 (INAUGURAL PANEL) - COMPARATIVE LESSONS: WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND HOW HAS IT WORKED IN OTHER COUNTRIES?
Our inaugural panel, held on Tuesday, February 23rd, launched our ongoing TJ in the USA Speakers Series. This event started the conversation surrounding if and how the TJ model might work in the United States, and whether or not international experiences should be relevant to local U.S. initiatives calling for truth, reparations and justice.
Sally Avery Bermanzohn - Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College, CUNY & participant in the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Igor Cvetkovski - Senior Advisor on Reparations to the Global Survivors Fund
Eduardo Gonzalez - Research Affiliate, Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation, former member of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Pablo de Greiff - Director of the Transitional Justice Program and the Prevention Project at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law & Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence
Sarah Kasande - Head of Office, International Center for Transitional Justice in Uganda
Yasmin Sooka – Former member of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission & Sierra Leone
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PANEL 2 - HOW DO WE BUILD COLLABORATIVE MODELS FOR A TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE PROCESS?
This panel explores how human rights and academic institutions, and their affiliates, can best support an existing grassroots network of racial justice advocates working on themes related to Transitional Justice in the United States in ways that do not replicate the same predominant power structures these movements seek to dismantle.
Ashley Quarcoo - Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace & Visiting Fellow, SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins
Dr. David Ragland - Co-founder & Co-Executive Director of the Truth Telling Project and the Director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign
Jodie Geddes - Healing Circles Manager, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Co-manager, Coming to the Table
Professor Jennifer Llewellyn - Yogis and Keddy Chair in Human Rights Law, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, Canada
Christine Diindiisi McCleave - Chief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
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Part II (2021-2022)
Panel 1 - How do we honor indigenous ways of knowing in the quest for truth, justice and healing for American Indian boarding schools?
This panel will focus on past and recent truth initiatives on the forced assimilation of Native children through boarding schools and the child welfare system. Indigenous leaders will reflect on the experience of the Maine Wabanaki-Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Federal bill to create a national truth commission and the official investigations launched by the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this past summer, upon the revelation of mass graves located at boarding schools. The panel will explore how to open the way to transformative justice, overcoming standardized or colonized transitional justice models. The panel is convened in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
Professor Cheryl Suzack (Batchewana First Nations), Associate Professor at the Department of English and Aboriginal Studies Program, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto
Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Chief Executive Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Sandy White Hawk, former Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission & founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation (FNRI)
Brenda Gunn, Academic and Research Director from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada and Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law
Panel 2 - Does Criminal Punishment of Police Contribute or Distract from Societal Reckonings with Racism?
While many celebrated Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd as a sign of progress, others worried that it would distract from the systemic change needed to combat racism in policing and put the focus instead on a few “bad apples.” Such considerations about criminal punishment are familiar to transitional justice scholars and activists who have long debated the appropriate aim and reach of criminal accountability in transitioning societies. On one hand, some have argued there is a duty to prosecute all involved in mass atrocity, while on the other hand critics have been concerned that criminal punishment reinforces an individualized and decontextualized understanding of harms and diminishes the likelihood of more profound transformation.
This panel will contextualize these debates by centering the role of police accountability in the much needed racial reckoning in the United States and discussing both the potential benefits and limitations of prosecuting police for racial violence. In particular, the panel will explore whether criminal accountability has lived up to its promise in other transitioning contexts and what lessons we can learn from those examples that might be applicable in the United States.
Rachel Lopez - Associate Professor of Law, Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Roxanna Altholz - Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director, International Human Rights Law Clinic, Berkeley Law School
Nikki Grant - Policy Director and Co-Founder, Amistad Law Project
Darryl Heller - Director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center and Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Indiana University South Bend
Helen Mack Chang - President and Founder, Myrna Mack Foundation
Co-organized by the Center for International Law and Policy at New England Law | Boston, the International Human Rights Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.