Webinar with Mr. Fabian Salvioli, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

Rationale: This webinar seeks to connect communities of scholars and practitioners working on transitional justice and connected fields. Funded by the Human Rights and Transitional Justice standing group of the European Consortium for Political Research it is co-hosted by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. The primary aims of the webinar are:

  1. To benefit from dialogue and exchange between different epistemic communities. Transitional justice is a field that is defined by such exchange, and enhancing the research-policy-practice nexus through events such as this will serve to sustain ongoing reflections on the possibilities, challenges, and boundaries of the field.
  2. To further our knowledge about the current policy making contexts in which transitional justice is being implemented, and in particular the role and mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur at a time when multilateralism is said to be under strain and the legitimacy of external intervention increasingly questioned.
  3. To render discussion on these topics accessible to a geographically diverse group of people beyond the UN corridors or university campuses.

Time: 12th December 3-5pm

You can join the webinar via the the following link:



15h00 – 15h20

Arrival, testing of equipment

15h20 – 15h25

Webinar begins, welcome remarks by the moderator

15h25 – 15h45

Remarks by Fabian Salvioli in response to the questions:

1.       What are the short and medium term challenges to coordinated multilateral action on transitional justice?

2.       How will your mandate and priorities as Special Rapporteur be shaped by these challenges?

3.       How can exchanges between researchers, policy makers and practitioners enhance or inhibit such work?

15h45 – 15h50

Response by discussant

15h50 – 16h10

Moderated discussion between the speaker, discussant and chair

16h10 – 16h50

Moderated discussion between the panel incorporating questions from the online and in-room audiences


Dr Briony Jones, Moderator

Dr. Briony Jones is Associate Professor of International Development in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. She is also Deputy Director of the Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development. Her research and teaching specialisms include: transitional justice, international development, the politics of intervention, research methods, and research ethics. Dr Jones actively engages with policy makers and practitioners as an advisory board member of TRIAL International and the Centre for Community Driven Research as well as in her work with the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearance, and as part of the Working Group on Sustainable Development Goal 16 and Transitional Justice. Her current research projects include ‘Knowledge for Peace: Understanding Research, Policy, Practice Synergies’ and ‘Connecting legal and psychosocial aspects in the search for victims of enforced disappearance in Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico’.

Mr Fabian Salvioli, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Invited Keynote Speaker

Fabián Salvioli (Argentina) is a human rights lawyer and professor has lectured in many countries and universities across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Professor Salvioli has authored several books and articles on international human rights law. He was member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee between 2009 and 2016, and its President between 2015 and 2016. Mr. Salvioli served twice as member and three times as president of Ad-Hoc Arbitration Courts on Monetary Reparations, within the Friendly Settlement Mechanism of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Dr. Frank Haldemann, Discussant

Dr. Frank Haldemann is the Co-Director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Within this programme, he teaches the core course on the law and ethics of transitional justice. His expertise and research focus on transitional justice, human rights and legal philosophy. From June 2011 to July 2017, he was Assistant Professor at the Law Faculty, University of Geneva. In 2011 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship, enabling him to direct a five-year research project, Historical Injustices, Reparations and International Law. Together with Thomas Unger, he has edited a multi-authored commentary on the United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity (published by Oxford University Press in 2018). Since 2010 he has been teaching Transitional Justice in the Geneva Academy’s LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. In 2014 and 2015 he directed the Antonio Cassese Summer School in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Conflict, co-organized and hosted by the Geneva Academy.

Link to the webinar available shortly

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