Write On! Call For Papers- Transitional Justice and Civil Society

Minerva Center for Human Rights- Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Transitional Justice Program

Call for Papers

The 3rd Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice

Transitional Justice and Civil Society
Learning from International Experience

An International Conference
Jerusalem, 25-26 May 2014


The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law is organizing an international conference that seeks to explore the role of civil society in developing and implementing transitional justice processes, particularly in the context of ongoing conflicts. The conference, the third in the series of Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conferences on Transitional Justice, is scheduled for 25-26 May 2014, in Jerusalem.

Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2013


Civil society has a vital, though often under-acknowledged, role in developing transitional justice mechanisms, institutions and concepts. Over the past three decades civil society organizations have set the agenda for transitional justice policies, promoted, supported and developed mechanisms and interventions, acted as advocates and critics of local and international institutions, and helped in developing the theoretical, legal and conceptual framework of transitional justice. From local grassroots organizations like the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to international networks like the Coalition for the ICC, civil society organizations have been central in struggles for justice, truth and accountability across various contexts, while other civil society groups have been key actors in efforts of reconciliation, inter-community dialogue and conflict-transformation.

Indeed it is impossible to envisage the contemporary landscape of transitional justice without the role of civil society actors. At the same time there has not been sufficient academic reflection on the contribution of civil society to transitional justice, and dialogues between academia and civil society are not common enough.

The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law will hold a 2-day international conference on 25-26 May 2014 to explore comparative and theoretical lessons and insights drawn from the experience of civil society actors. The conference will discuss the various goals and methods of civil society actors struggling for transitional justice; their interactions with formal transitional justice mechanisms; their impact, successes and failures; and the practical and ideological dilemmas and challenges they face.

One of the conference’s main goals is to facilitate local learning and discussion in relation to civil society and transitional justice in the Israeli-Palestinian context. The conference therefore seeks to examine in particular the roles that civil society has fulfilled and can fulfill in ongoing conflicts, and possible implementations in the Israeli-Palestinian context of theoretical, historical, and comparative insights about the role of civil society in developing transitional justice mechanisms, institutions and concepts.

Conference topics may include:

· unofficial civil society truth commissions and documentation projects
· the role of civil society in promoting inter-community dialogues and reconciliation
· civil society as litigation actors
· civil society and the work of international criminal tribunals
· civil society and the design, implementation and follow-up of official TJ mechanisms
· the impact of civil society and peace negotiations
· civil society and education reform
· civil society and reparations
· civil society, commemoration and memorialisation
· civil society in ongoing conflicts
· evaluation of existing initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian context
Submission of Proposals

Researchers interested in addressing questions related to these or related topics are invited to respond to this call for papers with a one- or two-page proposal for an article and presentation, along with a one-page CV. Proposals should be submitted to the Minerva Center for Human Rights via e-mail: mchr@savion.huji.ac.il no later than 31 December 2013

Applicants should receive notification of the committee’s decision by the end of January 2014. Short drafts of 7,000-10,000 words based on the selected proposals will be expected by 1 May 2014.

The Israel Law Review (a Cambridge University Press publication) has expressed interest in publishing selected full-length papers based on conference presentations, subject to its standard review and editing procedures.

Conference Committee

Prof. Barak Medina, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Chair)
Prof. Tomer Broude, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Ron Dudai, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Adv. Danny Evron, Minerva Center for Human Rights, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Adv. Hassan Jabareen, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
Prof. Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota; Transitional Justice Institute, Univ. of Ulster
Prof. Ruti Teitel, New York Law School

The Judge is a Woman

The Universite libre de Bruxelles is hosting a conference on November 7 and 8, 2013 on gender and the judiciary: “The Judge is a Woman: Reality, Impact and Justification for Gender Diversity on the Bench. ” The link to the conference program is here.  Topics include “Taking Stock of Gender in the Judiciary – Where are the Women?”, “Gender Equality, Gender Diversity – A Condition of Legitimacy for the Judiciary?”, and “The Impact of Gender on the Bench: Do Women Judges Make a Difference?”  Participants include Anne Boigeol (Institut des sciences sociales et du politique/Ecole normale superieure de Cachan), Kate Malleson (Queen Mary, University of London), Arvind Agrawal (Central University of Himachal Pradesh), Judith Resnick (Yale Law School), Nienke Grossman (University of Baltimore), Anne Lagerwall (ULB), Ulrike Schultz (Fern Universitat in Hagen), Sally Kenney (Tulane University), Francoise Tulkens (former Vice President of the European Court of Human Rights), Laura Hilly (University of Oxford) and many others.  Baroness Hale of Richmond (Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom) and Susanne Baer (Justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany) will provide closing remarks.  It promises to be an interesting and engaging event!

Upcoming Conferences: Maritime Piracy

On September 6, 2013, an international conference entitled “End Game! An International Conference on Combating Piracy” will take place at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  The conference description reads as follows:

For the moment pirate attacks are down, but piracy continues to present a major threat to world shipping. Even with greatly expanded patrolling by international navies and increased use of private security forces, there have been 48 pirate attacks, 448 seamen were held hostage by pirates, and global economic losses due to piracy topped 5 billion dollars in the last twelve months. Meanwhile, renewed political turmoil in Somalia and Yemen is sowing the seeds for a fresh generation of pirates with increasingly deadly tactics. This conference brings together two-dozen of the world’s foremost counter-piracy experts to analyze the novel legal challenges and options related to this new phase in the fight against piracy.

This exciting conference will feature panels on current trends in combating piracy, the treatment of juvenile pirates, new ideas on combating financing piracy, as well as legal and operational issues in combating piracy.  The conference will reunite some of the most prominent experts from the field of maritime law, including law professors, prosecutors and judges from piracy-prosecuting nations, such as Kenya and Mauritius, NGO representatives, government officials, and international organizations members.  The key note lecture will be delivered by Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, founder of the Child Soldier Initiative at Dalhousie University and a prominent author and advocate.  Last but not least, Intlawgrrls participating at the conference include Laurie Blank and yours truly

The conference is open to the public (seating is limited and registration is required), and it will also be available via webcast.