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Syllabus Transitional Justice: International, Comparative and Regional Perspectives - 62242
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Last update 04-08-2016
HU Credits: 1

Degree/Cycle: 1st degree (Bachelor)

Responsible Department: law

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Prof. Ruti Teitel

Coordinator Email: teitel@aol.com

Coordinator Office Hours: By appointment

Teaching Staff:
Prof Ruti Teitel

Course/Module description:
The May Fried-Gal colloquium will explore new issues in transitional justice from international, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. More than twenty years into the development of the field there is significant experience on the theorization of transitional justice as well as of its purposes, relevant actors, processes, mechanisms etc. Moreover, by now, there is significant institutionalization, such as the developments existing at the level of multilateral (UN) and regional institutions, the convening of the ad hoc tribunals, the International Criminal Court, as well as comparative country and regional experiences from Europe (post world war, post communism, post Balkans); Latin America (post Dirty War transitions and Middle East (Arab Spring). Beyond the changed legal context, one can also see the role of the passage of time, and an ongoing revisiting of issues of transitional justice, of impunity, of collective memory and reparation especially where such reckonings were postponed or short circuited.

The upcoming colloquium will be richly comparative, interdisciplinary and jurisprudential in its perspectives. Its main focus will be issues in restorative justice, exploring themes involving questions of a reparatory nature; history; collective memory; and narratives of justice. Through these lenses, new research and scholarship in these areas will be explored via biweekly scholarly presentations. Interested faculty and practitioners are also invited to attend the Fried-Gal Transitional Justice Colloquium.

We begin with the problem of representations of justice in anti-Apartheid South Africa; we then move to Europe and the potential role of regional actors such as the European Union of questions of Transitional Justice. We then return to the broader question of the character of narratives of justice, asking what constitutes a good story? We end with the problem of contested and silenced narratives regarding historical events such as the 1948 War.

Students enrolled in the colloquium are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss the papers in the sessions. Expectations include: attendance, active participation in the colloquium, a final paper where students should pick themes that cut across at least two of the five papers/sessions and analyze them in this broader context. The paper should be up to 3,000 words and must be submitted to the instructor by the end of the semester, submitted via email to Professor Teitel (teitelruti@aol.com). Excellent participation in the sessions can result in a bump-up of half of a letter grade.

Course/Module aims:
Students will have an overview of transitional justice from international, comparative and jurisprudential perspectives

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Students enrolled in the colloquium will be expected to attend and actively participate in the biweekly presentations and discussions, and to write a final paper.

Attendance requirements(%):
Required

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecture and final paper

Course/Module Content:
Schedule

Background Teitel, Ruti, Transitional Justice Globalized (International Journal of
Readings: Transitional Justice 2008; doi:110.1093/ijtj/ijmo41); Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP, 2015) (2 excerpts: Introduction and Ch. 4 – Transitional Justice Genealogy)

May 15 David Tolbert, Whither the Fight Against Impunity in the ‘Age of Accountability’?


May 16 Prof. Louise Bethlehem, Courting the Future: On the Anticipation of Justice in Anti-Apartheid Expressive Culture



May 19 Laura Davis, The European Union and Transitional Justice in Policy and Practice



May 22 Aeyal Gross and Ruti Teitel, Telling a Story With a Good Ending: Transitional Justice on Film



May 23 Eman Nahhas, The “Silenced” Narrative of 1948 War Events Among Young Palestinians in Israel

Required Reading:
Schedule

Background Teitel, Ruti, Transitional Justice Globalized (International Journal of
Readings: Transitional Justice 2008; doi:110.1093/ijtj/ijmo41); Globalizing Transitional Justice (OUP, 2015) (2 excerpts: Introduction and Ch. 4 – Transitional Justice Genealogy)

May 15 David Tolbert, Whither the Fight Against Impunity in the ‘Age of Accountability’?


May 16 Prof. Louise Bethlehem, Courting the Future: On the Anticipation of Justice in Anti-Apartheid Expressive Culture



May 19 Laura Davis, The European Union and Transitional Justice in Policy and Practice



May 22 Aeyal Gross and Ruti Teitel, Telling a Story With a Good Ending: Transitional Justice on Film



May 23 Eman Nahhas, The “Silenced” Narrative of 1948 War Events Among Young Palestinians in Israel

Additional Reading Material:

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 100 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Bonus of up to 5 points for active class participation
 
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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