Latin American Centre Seminars: Interrogating the Impact of Transitional Justice Mechanisms


Thu, 05/03/2015 -
10:00 to 11:30
World Bank HQ, MC 6-100


Chair: Betty Bigombe, Senior Director, Fragility, Conflict and Violence CCSA, Speaker: Leigh Payne, Professor of Sociology and Latin America, University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), Speaker: Bridget Marchesi, Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s Transitional Justice program, Discussant: Chris Mahony, Criminal Justice and Citizen Security Consultant, Governance GP, Discussant: Saku Akmeemana, Senior Governance Specialist, Governance GP

Please join us for a presentation from the Transitional Justice Research Collaborative on the impact of transitional justice mechanisms in strengthening democracy, human rights, and peace. The Transitional Justice Research Collaborative, under way since 2010, is the most comprehensive single collection of information on TJ mechanisms in 116 countries around the world from 1970 to 2012. The group recently launched a website ( including data on two parts to this project: traditional mechanisms (trials, amnesties, and truth commissions) and "alternative accountability" mechanisms (lustration and vetting, traditional or customary trials, civil trials, and reparations). Based on the analysis of these data, there is evidence to support the claims for the value of TJ in strengthening democracy, human rights, and peace. But not all mechanisms, at all times, or in all combinations produce positive outcomes. The new database and analysis is more refined and complete than its previous iteration, allowing for further testing and confirmation of some of the assumptions behind TJ's impact. Professor Leigh Payne and Bridget Marchesi will present a summary of their findings and suggest new directions in TJ to enhance its effect. 

Further Information

Outside Participants: We welcome participants from outside the World Bank. For reasons of building security, attendees who are not World Bank Group staff will need to register by emailing Victoria Esquivel-Korsiak at by 12pm March 4th.

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