Perhaps the biggest stumbling block for the experiment of ‘transitional justice’ has been the extent to which its advocates and practitioners have long reached for a one-size-fits-all model that could anticipate how to coordinate, sequence, and create complementarity between the raft of mechanisms and activities that fall under its banner. TJ has also long been understood to be over-determined by law, such that criminal prosecutions, constitutional reform and new legislation take precedence, and other ‘extra-legal’ activities – like truth-telling and memorialisation, for example – become overly-legalised and tend to alienate the very people at whom an agenda of social reconciliation is aimed. The ERC-funded research programmes, ‘Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts: Transitional Justice and the Legal Shaping of Memory’ (BBSG) and the ‘Transitional Justice Mapping’ (TJMap) projects aimed to address these issues in a variety of unconventional ways that would prove amenable to pragmatic, policy-oriented outcomes.
This conference is the official conclusion to the ‘Bosnian Bones, Spanish Ghosts’ project and aims to open up our own four years of research between Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina to a more comparative analysis.
The conference will be held at the Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, Euskadi, Spain 28-30 August 2013. Please click here for more information.