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PACS6927 - Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding

Intensive September, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Wendy Rose Lambourne
Phone: +61 2 9036 9286
Email: wendy.lambourne@sydney.edu.au


Transitional justice is a rapidly emerging interdisciplinary field of study focussing on processes dealing with past human rights violations and the transition to a more peaceful and democratic state. This unit examines the evolution of transitional justice theory and practice, including truth commissions, trials and traditional practices, in such contexts as post-apartheid South Africa and post-genocide Cambodia and Rwanda. Issues discussed include the various types of justice, accountability, truth, reconciliation and reparations, and the challenges of balancing justice and peace.


class participation and role play (20%) and 1200wd reflection exercise (20%) and 3500wd essay (60%)


1x2-hr seminar/week or equivalent intensive

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