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TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND DEMOCRATIZATION

TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND DEMOCRATIZATION

GRADO EN ESTUDIOS GLOBALES/GLOBAL STUDIES

Curso 2021/2022

1. Subject Information

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Code
109036
Plan
290
ECTS
4.00
Type
Opcional
Year
3
Duration
Second semester
Area
CIENCIA POLÍTICA Y DE LA ADMINISTRACIÓN
DERECHO PROCESAL
Departament
Derecho Administ., Financiero y Procesal
Derecho Público General
Virtual platform

Campus Virtual de la Universidad de Salamanca

Professor Information

Profesor/Profesora
María Elena Martínez Barahona
Group/s
Único
Departament
Derecho Público General
Area
Ciencia Política y de la Administración
Centre
Fac. Derecho
Office
163B
Office hours
Upon request by email.
Web address
http://campus.usal.es/~acpa/
E-mail
embarahona@usal.es
Telephone
663088957 Ext.6960
Profesor/Profesora
Lorenzo Mateo Bujosa Vadell
Group/s
Único
Departament
Derecho Administ., Financiero y Procesal
Area
Derecho Procesal
Centre
Fac. Derecho
Office
285
Office hours
Upon request by email.
Web address
www.usal.es/procesal
E-mail
lbujosa@usal.es
Telephone
923-294441-Ext 1652

2. Association of the subject matter within the study plan

Curricular area to which the subject matter pertains.

Elective course

Purpose of the subject within the curricular area and study plan.

The course deals with transitional justice mechanisms, frequently used in countries emerging from armed conflict or from periods of authoritarian regime to provide accountability for gross human rights violations. First, the course examines the different transitional justice interventions, including truth commissions, trials, amnesties, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition. Second, specific attention is given to considering ongoing debates within the field of transitional justice that have attracted increasing attention from policymakers and scholars in the last two decades.

Professional profile.

NGOs, International Institutions, International Center of Transitional Justice, Human Rights institutions.

3. Prerequisites

Basic Political Science and Law concepts.

4. Learning objectives

This course will embark students on a global journey to explore the past, present, and future of human rights. It will bring:

  • An understanding of the current situation of human rights
  • The fundamentals regarding the human rights protection system
  • The ability to better articulate a self-opinion on past and current human rights topics
  • An understanding of how does transitional justice contribute to the rule of law and building democracy in post conflict and post autocratic regimes.

5. Contents

Theory.

1. Conceptualizing transitional justice

2. Truth Commissions

3. Prosecutions and amnesties

4. Reparations/compensation

5. Non-repetition guarantees

6. Judicial Process in Transitional Justice

7. The future of transitional justice: current human rights violations

Practice.

The course deals with theory and practice. We will study each concept through readings and academic debates. Case studies will be selected to underline key issues of transitional justice theory and practice according with the questions considered during the course.

6. Competences acquired

Basic / General.

CB3, CB5, CG1, CG4

Specific.

CE4, CE13

7. Teaching methods

Each week is organized in two parts. The first part will focus on different theoretical aspects based on the literature. In the second session, we will work with different audiovisual material, readings, case-study. The aim of the course is to bring to the student the analytical and conceptual tools needed to understand and analyze human rights and the transitional justice process.

8. Anticipated distribution of the use of the different teaching methods

9. Resources

Reference books.

  • Barahona De Brito, Alexandra, Carmen Gonzaléz-Enríquez, and Paloma Aguilar (eds). The Politics of Memory: Transitional Justice in Democratizing Societies, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2001.
  • Martínez Barahona, Elena and Martha Liliana Gutierrez Salazar. Transitional Justice and the Politics of Prosecuting Gross Human Rights Violations in Latin America. Handbook of Law and Society in Latin America. Rachel Sieder, Karina Ansolabehere, Tatiana A. Alfonso Sierra (eds). Routledge. 2019.
  • Olsen, Tricia D., Leigh A. Peine y Andrew G. Reiter. Transitional Justice in Balance. Comparing processes, weighing efficacy. Washington: United States Institute of Peace Press. 2010.  
  • Roht-Arriaza, Naomi and Javier Mariezcurrena, eds. Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth Versus Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2006.
  • Sikkink, Kathryn. The justice cascade: How human rights prosecutions are changing world politics, New York: Norton. 2011.
  • Skaar, Elin; Jemina García-Godos y Cath Collins. Transitional Justice in Latin America. The uneven road from impunity towards accountability. New York: Routledge. 2016.
  • Teitel. Ruti G. Transitional Justice. New York : Oxford University Press. 2000. The Handbook of Reparations, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Other bibliographic references, electronic or other types of resources.

Reading material (list available in Studium.)

10. Assessment

General considerations.

 All students are expected to keep up with the required readings and to attend classes

Assessment criteria.

All late assignments will not be evaluated

Assessment tools.

Practical exercises and quizzes (60% of the final grade): will evaluate your analytical and practical skills along the course.

Final Exam (40% of the final grade): multiple-choice exam will include theoretical and practical questions. It is necessary to obtain 20% so this test can contribute to the final grade. In case of not reaching this minimum, you will have to repeat the exam in the second call, regardless of the score obtained in the other assignments.

Assessment recommendations.

Attend classes. Do the readings. Do the exercises and other assignments on time. All late assignments will not be evaluated. If you do not upload your exercises, quizzes and research report before the due date you will not have another opportunity.

Academic dishonesty will not be allowed.

Guidelines in the case of failing the subject.

You will have two opportunities to take the final exam. There are no opportunities to re-do all the other course assignments. Final grade will be a weighted in the second call in the same way that the first one.

11. Weekly teaching organization