Transitional Justice

2 credits / 6 weeks weeks
4 Mar 2024 - 14 Apr 2024

Professor Mariateresa Garrido Villareal

During conflict situations one of the most affected institutions is the judiciary. In many cases, investigations and criminal procedures are not initiated; causing problems derived from the inefficiency of tribunals to deliver justice. When conflicts are over these problems tend to increase. For that reason, peacebuilding efforts need to include aspects related to transitional justice. As its name suggests, transitional justice is a provisional measure that seeks to respond to human right violations, expose truth, prosecute perpetrators, repair victims, and most importantly, restore confidence in legal institutions.  In this course students will explore and analyze different legal approaches to achieve intended goals (criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations) and contribute to peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict situations.

Mariateresa Garrido Villareal

Dr. Mariateresa Garrido (Venezuela) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Law at UPEACE and the Doctoral Committee Coordinator. She is an international lawyer and holds a Doctorate from UPEACE. Her main research area is related to the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in Latin America; but she is also researching on the interaction between human rights and Information and Communication Technologies. She uses mixed methodologies and legal research to explore linkages between the law, journalism and new technologies. She also holds two Master’s Degrees; one from UPEACE in International Law and the Settlement of the Disputes and one from the Central University of Venezuela in Public International Law.

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