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Monday, 17 July 2017

Sarah NouwenThe School of the Humanities and Social Sciences has awarded Dr Sarah Nouwen and Dr Adam Branch (POLIS) crucial seed funding for Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives, a multidisciplinary, international, collaborative research and advocacy programme that seeks to establish a new foundation for transitional justice in Africa.

This new research programme is innovative in what it addresses, and in how it does so. The programme aims to make the practice of transitional justice more relevant to the needs of (post-)conflict societies by scrutinising its very foundations. Drawing on law, politics, development studies, anthropology, history, gender studies, international relations and ecological studies, the investigators examine what goals transitional justice seeks to achieve and propose new tools to meet those objectives. The programme also seeks to develop new ways for collaboration among scholars and activists in universities in the Global North and South. Research and advocacy have always been shaped by a legacy of imbalanced power relations and injustice. This programme confronts this legacy head-on, so that procedures can be developed through which global policies are shaped by, and made accountable to, those who are most affected by those policies.

The programme's experiences could make Cambridge University a leader in a new way of engaging in collaborative transnational research, in transitional justice and beyond.  

Dr Nouwen is the Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL).