Seminar – Breaking the Cycle of Violations: Reforming Judiciaries as Prevention

Thursday 19 May 16.00 – 18.00 ILAC/Sipri Signalistgatan 9, Solna

While it is a truism that the rule of law is closely linked with transitional justice, the question of how to build complementarity in practice remains unclear. The UN Special Rapporteur on transitional justice issues, Pablo de Greiff, has promoted cooperation across fields of practice to develop practical policy advice on how to promote reconciliation in transitional settings. His most recent reports on preventing recurrences of mass violations have highlighted judicial reform as a crucial measure. Working in the MENA Region where judiciaries were frequently co-opted by authoritarian regimes, ILAC and its members have supported judicial reform in precisely this spirit. By highlighting both the challenges and opportunities of judicial reform in transitional settings, ILAC, its members and partners can contribute to policies to prevent violations through instilling the rule of law.

This discussion is by invitation only, following the public seminar Building Justice in a Legal Vacuum (Thursday 19 May 14.00) on efforts to restore justice in Syria.


Pablo de Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence

Dr. Per Bergling, Principal Advisor on International Law

Amanda Flores, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Assistant to Monica Pinto, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers

Dan Smith, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Elizabeth Andersen, Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Moderator: Rhodri Williams, Senior Legal Expert, ILAC