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CAHR runs a workshop on "Legal Empowerment in Transitions" on 27-28 June 2013

Posted on 18 June 2013

CAHR hosts a workshop that will consider how legal empowerment might complement transitional justice and peace-building as well as benefit marginalized groups left out of transitions.

Whereas transitional justice largely focuses on extraordinary injustices of the past, legal empowerment mostly focuses on everyday injustices in the present. While both are urgently required in states transitioning from authoritarianism and conflict, legal empowerment is more likely to address the structural inequalities that contributed to and emerged from the violence. This workshop will consider how legal empowerment might complement transitional justice and peace-building, as well as how it could benefit marginalized groups often left out of transitions.

The workshop was generously funded by the University of York’s Research Priming Fund. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

Thursday 27 June 2013


Panel 1: Legal Empowerment & Transitions (10:15 – 11:30)


Lars Waldorf (University of York)

Using Law to Address the Past, Fix the Present and Frame the Future in Fragile and Conflict Affected Situations

Pilar Domingo (Overseas Development Institute)

Legal Empowerment and Transitions: Experiences from South Africa

David McQuoid-Mason (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Legal Empowerment and Corruption

Samuel Clark (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford)


Panel 2: Customary Legal Empowerment (11:45 – 13:15)

Rights and Legal Empowerment in Colombia

Sandra Brunnegger (University of Cambridge)

Women’s Access to Justice: Legal Empowerment Approaches

Renee Chartres (International Development Law Organization)

Working with Customary Justice Systems to Realize Women's Statutory Land Rights: A Rwandan Pilot Study

Marco Lankhorst (Leiden Law School)


Panel 3: Linking Legal Empowerment & Transitional Justice (14:15 – 15:45)

Title TBC

Roger Duthie (International Centre for Transitional Justice)

Legal Empowerment and Reparations

Clara Sandoval (University of Essex)

Civil Parties at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia:  Victim Participation and Legal Empowerment

Johanna Herman (University of East London)

Combining Transition with Local Growth in Justice Interventions: Experiences from Central and Southern Africa

Fergus Kerrigan (Danish Institute of Human Rights)


Panel 4: Linking Legal Empowerment & Peacebuilding (16:15 – 17:45)

Hybrid Forms of Peace and Legal Empowerment

Audra Mitchell (University of York)

Local Peacebuilding and Peace Committees in Cote d’Ivoire

Jeremy Allouche (Institute of Development Studies)

Community Security and Legal Empowerment in Bangladesh

Robert Parker (Saferworld)

Title TBC

Claire Smith (University of York)


Friday 28 June 2013

Panel 5: Research Methodologies (9:30 – 10:45)

Participatory Research and Analysis: The People’s Peacemaking Perspectives Project

Robert Parker (Saferworld)

Participatory Approaches to Researching and Addressing Legacies of Violence

Simon Robins (Consultant and researcher)

Researching the Role of Paralegals and Legal Aid Lawyers in Timor-Leste’s Hybrid Political Order

Tom Kirk (London School of Economics)


Panel 6: Assisting Marginalized Groups Often Left Out of Transitional Justice Processes (11:00 – 13:00)

Indigenous Peoples, Transitional Justice and Legal Empowerment

Jeremie Gilbert (University of East London)

Breaking the Exclusion of Victims of Forced Sterilization in Peru

Helena Ulrike-Marambio (Former MA student, University of York)

Why Does the Personal Need to be Political?: PWDs, Legal Empowerment and Self Advocacy in Sierra Leone

Maria Berghs (University of York)

The Challenges of Legal Empowerment for Refugees during Transition: Egypt During and After the Revolution

Martin Jones (University of York)

Title TBC

Kerstin McCourt (Open Society Justice Initiative)

Street Law Demonstration (13:00 – 14:30)


Taking a Research Agenda Forward (14:30 – 16:00)

Roundtable discussion moderated by Lars Waldorf


Visit CAHR's research page for more information on the Centre's work on transitional justice and legal empowerment.