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Conference: The Right to Truth, Justice & Reparation in Latin America 4/6/2013

Conference: The Right to Truth, Justice & Reparation in Latin America 4/6/2013

In the last decade of the twentieth century, in many Latin American countries that had undergone democratization processes, survivors of recent civil wars and repressive regimes began to demand truth, justice and reparation. Although not formally stipulated as a human right under international law, various articulations of the right to truth have become increasingly visible within reconciliation processes and transitional justice mechanisms. Yet scant critical reflection has emerged around the implications of the conjoining of truth with justice and reparation.

The purpose of this one-day conference is to scrutinize the definition and scope of the right to truth, justice and reparation and who is defining it; how the right to truth and its linkage to justice and reparation have emerged; and what struggles and possibilities are activated around claims to this right.

04 June 2013, 09.30 - 18.00

The Court Room (First floor)
School of Advanced Study
Senate House (South Block)
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
Registration details
£10.00 (standard)
£5.00 (student/
retired/unwaged)
Americas@sas.ac.uk

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

9.30-9.45 Registration

9.45-10.00 Welcome and Introductions

10.00-11.30PANEL 1: The Mechanisms and Concepts of Transitional Justice
Chair:Rosie Doyle, Institute for the Study of the Americas
Transitional Justice and the Inter-American Human Rights System 
Par Engstrom, University College London
A Tale of Truth and Reparation? Discussing Child-Victims before the InterAmerican Court of Human Rights
Francesca Capone, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Chile 1991-2011: Rettig and Valech: Decoupling Truth and Justice
Cath Collins, University of Ulster
Discussant: TBC

11.30-12.00TEA/COFFEEBREAK2

12.00-13.30PANEL 2: The Contested Process of Truth-Making
Chair:Jordana Blejmar, Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
Truth vs. Justice vs. Reconciliation
Charlotte Dee Hall, Lancaster University
Criminal Prosecutions as Memory Space: Representations of the Past by
Perpetrators and Victims in Peru’s Human Rights Courts
Jo-Marie Burt, George Mason University
Contested Truths and Troubled Selves: The Right to the Truth and the “Living
Disappeared” of Argentina
Noa Vaisman, Durham University
Discussant: Sari Wastell, Goldsmiths

13.30-14.30 LUNCH

14.30-16.00 PANEL 3: On-the-Ground Notions of Truth, Justice and Reparation
Chair: Eadaoin O’Brien, University of Essex
The Crafting of a Right
Pedro Helena Pontual Machado, Brazil’s National Truth Commission
Relatives of Enforcedly Disappeared Persons in Colombia: Facing Power for
Truth and Reparation
Albano Calvo Sánchez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Life as a Perpetrator: Experiences of an Indicted Argentine Military Official
Ram Natarajan, New York University
Discussant: Silvia Posocco, Birkbeck College

16.00-16.30BREAK

16.30-18.00 KEYNOTEADDRESS:Kimberly Theidon, Harvard University
(The Senate Room, First Floor)
A Greater Measure of Justice: Legacies of Gender-based Violence in Peru

18.00-19.00 WINE RECEPTION

Institute for the Study of the Americas

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