Lecture – Discussion: Dilemmas of transitional justice in post-conflict societies “Balancing the interests of local and international actors, case studies of Iraq and Angola”

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In het kort


22 juni 2022


16:00 - 17:30


Ov. 3.43, THUAS

In this lecture-discussion you will get a general introduction to transitional justice and will learn what this entails in practice through case studies of Iraq and Angola. After the presentations there will be room for questions and discussion. We will finish with drinks and networking.

General introduction about transitional justice

Dr. Joris van Wijk, expert in transitional justice at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, will give a general introduction about transitional justice. Transitional justice is a process which responds to massive human rights violations through judicial redress, political reforms in a region or country, and other measures to prevent the recurrence of human rights abuse.

Two case studies on Iraq and Angola

Mohammad Hossein Mojtahedi of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Maarten van Munster of The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) will present case studies on Iraq respectively Angola.

Discussion and Q&A

Students can ask questions and engage in discussion with the presenters.

Networking and drinks

We will finish with drinks and networking.

Main Organize

Centre of Expertise for Global Governance

Everybody welcome, no costs


About the speakers

Dr. Joris van Wijk is an expert in transitional justice at VrijeJoris van Wijk Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2007 he published his PhD research Luanda-Holanda on irregular asylum migration from Angola to the Netherlands. Van Wijk directs the research programme Empirical and normative studies and the master programme International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology. He is a fellow of the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). He supervises various research projects, including the Escaping Justice Project, the When Justice is Done Project and the In Limbo Project and projects on transitional justice in Iraq and Angola.

Maarten van MunsterMaarten van Munster is a Senior Lecturer European Union Law / HumanRights Law at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He holds an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has previously lectured at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and The Catholic University of Mozambique.

Mohammad Hossein Mojtahedi is a lecturer and PhD candidate at themohammed Criminal Law and Criminology department, Faculty of Law. He holds a Master in International Crimes, Conflict & Criminology (Cum Laude) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, a Master in Criminal Law and Criminology (Summa Cum Laude) and a Bachelor in law (Summa Cum Laude). He is currently working on his PhD project on ‘Transitional Justice and Prevention of Radicalization in Iraq’s post-IS (Islamic State) Landscape.’ Combining legal doctrinal analysis and empirical (field)work, his multidisciplinary project aims to develop feasible, context-specific and locally inspired transitional justice mechanisms combined the potential to integrate calls for justice and long-lasting peace on the one hand and prevent or limit the risk of future radicalization on the other hand. He is a research fellow at the Center for International Criminal Justice.

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