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Lady JusticeThe recently emerged field of transitional justice strives to develop new frameworks of reference for understanding fundamental socio-political change in societies emerging from periods of violence and oppression. The Cambridge Transitional Justice Research Network (CTJRN) is an informal association of Cambridge-based scholars interested in transitional justice. Members hail from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines including law, political science, international relations, sociology, philosophy and social anthropology.

The network welcomes as members, speakers and associates, scholars interested in the broad questions of how states and communities (with or without the involvement of international agents and institutions), do – and should – respond to periods in their (often immediate) history characterised by mass victimisation, violent conflict, and political oppression.

The Network was founded in 2009 by Dr Antje du Bois-Pedain.

From October 2017 to January 2019, the group will be convened by Dr Sarah NouwenDr Adam Branch,  and Dr. Njoki Wamai as part of their programme Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives.

The programme seeks to develop new ways for collaboration among scholars and activists in universities in the Global North and South and aims to make the practice of transitional justice more relevant to the needs of (post-)conflict societies by scrutinising its very foundations.

Drawing on law, politics, development studies, anthropology, history, gender studies, international relations and ecological studies, the investigators examine what goals transitional justice seeks to achieve and propose new tools to meet those objectives. 

CTJRN events and lectures in 2017-2018 will focus on Rethinking Transitional Justice in Africa.

If you wish to become involved or added to the mailing list, please contact Surer Mohamed (