Past News

  • Samar El-Masri has published a provocative piece, “Prosecuting ISIS for the sexual slavery of the Yazidi women and girls,” in the latest issue of the International Journal of Human Rights. Read more

  • TJ Director Joanna Quinn has been appointed a Fellow of the Broadbent Institute, as part of a diverse, multidisciplinary group of distinguished scholars, policy experts, and leaders from the Canadian business community and civil society who impact public debate in support of progressive change. Read more

  • Jenny Poon (Ph.D. Cand., Law and TJ) has been awarded the EUSA Haas Fund Fellowship Competition, a fellowship for graduate student EU-related dissertation research.  Jenny’s dissertation focuses on the principle of non-refoulement—not turning away asylum seekers—in the United Kingdom and Germany.

  • Mayme Lefurgey (Ph.D. Cand., WSFR and TJ) has completed her fieldwork in Bogotá, Colombia.  Mayme partnered with Colombian NGO Dunna to better understand how yoga can be used as a tool for peacebuilding.

  • Professor Valerie Oosterveld (Law and TJ) took part in a workshop on the politics surrounding international tribunals including the ICC and SCSL at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

  • Professor Mandy Grzyb (FIMS and TJ) is leading a team on two SSHRC-supported research projects focused exclusively on El Salvador, with relation to documenting testimonies, mapping the massacre sites, and making plans to build memorials; as well as historical memory workshops and photos exhibitions with former refugees now living in repopulated communities.  

  • TJ Professor Sharon Sliwinski (FIMS) has been elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her role in the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.  Congratulations, Dr. Sliwinski!

  • On Western’s Scholars at Risk Day, we will host Anthropologist Homa Hoodfar, who was detained in Tehran’s Evin prison for 112 days in 2016, accused of “dabbling in feminism”.  The Iranian-Canadian Professor of Anthropology was arrested while visiting and conducting research in Iran. Securing her freedom became an important cause for scholars around the world. Read more 

  • TJ/FIMS Professor Sharon Sliwinski’s influential work on the power of dreams was recently celebrated in the Huffington Post. Read more

  • TJ Professor Jerry White was awarded Emeritus status at Convocation on June 13th.  Congratulations to our esteemed collegue!

  • Newly-minted Ph.D. Tim Vine, one of the core students who effectively "shadowed" our graduate program before it was approved, has taken a position with the City of Elliot Lake that will put his "reconciliation" skills to the test, helping the city negotiate the purchase of Crown land, while respecting neighbouring indigenous communities.  Congratulations, Tim!

  • Professor Joanna Quinn was invited to present her work on thin sympathetic engagement in the "Big Ideas" series at FedCan's Congress on the theme "On Indigenous Lands: Empathy and Social Justice". Read more

  • Joanna Quinn has a chapter entitled “Cultivating Sympathy and Reconciliation: The Importance of Sympathetic Response in the Uptake of Transitional Justice,” published in the new book, The limits of settler colonial reconciliation: Non-Indigenous people and the responsibility to engage, eds. Tom Clark, Ravi de Costa, Sarah Maddison (New York: Springer, 2016).

  • Kirsten Stefanik, a fourth year PhD Candidate in both Western Law and the Collabortative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice, had the rare opportunity to attend the International Criminal Court's (ICC's) Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands from Nov. 16-24. Read more about it here.

  • International Conference: Anaise Muzima, LL.M. Candidate, University of Western Ontario, recently attended an international conference ENFANTS, PAS SOLDATS (children, not soldiers) at the University of Laval. Read Anaise's report here.

  • Radio Presentation - Professor Marta Dyczok is a regular contributor to Hromadske Radio's Ukraine Calling, commenting on global events.  Listen to one of her episodes here.

  • Congratulations to Surer Mohamed, who has successfully defended her Master’s thesis, entitled “Doing Justice to Justice? Entanglements with Hegemony and Transitional Justice”.

  • TJ graduate Marko Kljajic has been named Associate Director of Research at Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ccr2p.org).  Congratulations, Marko!

  • Western Law - Brenda Young, Community Justice Director of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation joins Western Law in 2016-17 as a Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellow.  See more here.

  • TJ Professor Anna Dolidze has been named Parliamentary Secretary in the Republic of Georgia. Read about it here.

  • Pathways to Reconciliation along with its partners, the TJ Centre co-hosted the Pathways to Reconciliation conference in Winnipeg from June 15-18.  The keynote addresses can be watched here.

  • The TJ Centre partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and University of Winnipeg for Pathways to Reconciliation‎, June 15-18, 2016. Portions of the program will be live-streamed on uwinnipeg.tv (link to pathwaysconference.ca)

  • The TJ Centre hosted for Indigenous Awareness Week a panel looking at "What is Reconciliation? Reflections from Indigenous Scholars" featuring Jonathan Dewar, Brock Pitawanakwat, and Cheryl Suzack on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in room 38 of the Law Building.

  • The TJ Centre hosted a commemoration for victims of the Rwandan genocide on Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. in the Chu International Centre, located on the second floor of the International and Graduate Affairs Building.

  • Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili has named TJ Centre Professor Anna Dolidze as his candidate to become the latest judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Read more

  • Mayme Lefurgey, Women’s Studies & Feminist Research and Transitional Justice & Post-Conflict Reconstruction, was named among four Western PhD candidates to receive the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.Read more

  • TJ Director Joanna Quinn has been named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Read more

  • Eight Students Convocated on Friday, October 23, 2016 from the Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Congratulations to: Oline Ali (English), Narcis Bejtic (Polictical Science), Jessica Howsam (Political Science), Malith Kur (Theology), Kezza O'Bannon (English), Ikshaa Pai (English), Daniel Schloss (Political Science), and Rachel Ward (History).

  • Congratulations to three TJ Master's students who have recently defended Master's theses: Jessica Howsam, "The Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Healing, Reconciliation, Resolution?” (Political Science), Malith Kur, “New Paradigm for South Sudan: The Christian Contribution to the South African TRC” (Theology),Daniel Schloss, “Elusive Peace, Security, and Justice in Post-Conflict Guatemala: An Exploration of Transitional Justice and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala” (Political Science)

  • TJ Centre Professor Anna Dolidze has been appointed Deputy Minister for Defence of the Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union.  Read More

  • Associate Director Valerie Oosterveld will be participating in an International Academic Conference on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, in Hamburg, Germany in early July.

  • Jacob Damstra, a Masters student in the joint JD/MA Law, History and Transitional Justice program, is the winner of the Trandafir international Business Writing Competition for a paper called "Heroic or Hypocritical: Corporate Social Responsibility, Aboriginal Consultation, and Canada's Extractive Industries Strategy".

  • Professor Pauline Wakeham, Graduate Development and Placement Coordinator, Department of English and Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction was recently awarded the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award for 2015-2016 in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.  Read more:

  • Prof. Bill Danaher Deputy Director and founding member of the TJ Centre, has been appointed as Rector of the Christ Church Cranbrook, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  Read more.

  • Mrs. Jane Vincent-Havelka has generously donated eight new paintings by the late Dr. Jaroslav Havelka to the TJ Centre. Check out the Centre's Havelka collection on the Art Gallery tab below.

  • The TJ Centre has moved!  We are now located on the main floor of the Social Science Centre in room 2040 (the former Career Services office). 

  • Laura Huey, TJ Graduate Chair was at the Urban Futures Centre, Durban University of Technology in South Africa in August speaking about "Redefining the 'Community' of Community Policing: Building Social Justice through Collaborative Police-Homelessness Security Models".

  • The first five students have graduated with a TJ Minor at Western's Spring Convocation 2014.  Congratulations to Lauren Bak, Political Science; Brett Buchanan, Criminology; Daniel Holmes, Political Science; Marko Kljajic, International Relations and Victoria Marroccoli, Political Science.

  • Professor Valerie Oosterveld recently returned from the June 10-13 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London, United Kingdom. This Global Summit was co-hosted by the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. Read more

  • Alison Cordoba, graduate student in the TJ Collaborative Graduate Program, is conducting field research in Columbia in June and July.

  • On May 26, Professor Valerie Oosterveld co-hosted and chaired a roundtable in Ottawa, along with the British High Commissioner to Canada, Howard Drake, and the Nobel Women’s Initiative, to discuss the upcoming Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict which will be held in London, United Kingdom, from June 10-13 and will be the largest event ever held on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. Read more

  • Professor Anna Dolidze, Law, presents "Beyond the Binary of Exogenous and Endogenous Transitions: the International Governance of Transitional Justice in Georgia" at the 3rd Annual Minerva Jerusalem, International Conference on Transitional Justice  at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Law on May 18 and 19, 2014.

  • Pauline Wakeham's research project, "Decolonizing Reconciliation: Indigenous Justice-Seeking in Post-Oka Canada," has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant of $158,927.

  • Prof. Valerie Oosterveld (Western Law) recently published "The Influence of Domestic Legal Traditions on the Gender Jurisprudence of International Criminal Tribunals" in volume 2(4) of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, pages 825-849. The article is available in open access form through the Journal's website: http://cjicl.org.uk/archive/.

  • Professor Valerie Oosterveld, Acting Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Associate Professor at Western Law, has recently published a book chapter, titled “Evaluating the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s Gender Jurisprudence”, in Charles C. Jalloh (ed.), The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 234-259.  Read more

  • Western Law professor Michael Coyle along with Prof. John Borrows from the University of Minnesota co-chaired a national colloquium on the legal implications of historical treaty making in Canada October 7 to 9, 2013. Read more

  • Western Law Ph.D. student, Kirsten Stefanik, has been awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Gold Medal for 2013.  She is the first student at Western Law to complete the new collaborative graduate program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.  Read more here and here

  • The first three students have successfully completed the Collaborative Graduate Program and will have their degrees conferred at the Fall 2013 convocation ceremony.  Read more

  • Professor Joanna Quinn took part in a workshop entitled, "The Fate of Latin American Truth Commission Recommendations: Bridging Success and Impact,” held in Solstrand, Norway, 17th – 19th September.  The other participants included Elin Skaar, Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, Jemima Godos-Garcia, Hun Joon Kim, and Catalina Smulovitz.

  • Professor Sara Seck delivered a paper co-written with Professor Anna Dolidze on evolving principles of corporate responsibility under international law relating to sustainable development and deep seabed mining at an international conference held in Vancouver June 26-28, 2013.  Read more

  • Professor Joanna Quinn presented at a conference "Peace From the Ground Up: Post Conflict Socialization, Religion, and Reconciliation in Africa,” in Cape Town, South Africa, from June 5-7, 2013.  Read more

  • Professor Sara Seck presented on a panel concerning the future of extraterritorial jurisdiction at the third Teaching Business and Human Rights Workshop, May 30-31, 2013, Columbia Law School, New York. Read more

  • Dr. Bill Danaher has been named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. His project, “Witnesses, Confessions, Archives: The Ethics of Transitional Justice,” seeks to understand the different approaches to achieving justice and its limitations in addressing human rights abuses.

  • Professor Anna Dolidze has published a policy piece, "Justice or Injustice in Georgia?  The First 100 Days after the Power Transfer,” in Transatlantic Academy’s Analysis (March 2013).

  • Professor Marta Dyczok presented a paper, “Ukraine’s Media in the Context of Global Cultural Convergence" at an international conference she co-organized at Columbia University, New York City, “Braking’ News: Censorship, Media, and Ukraine" February 21-22, 2013. 

  • Professor Dyczok - New Article:  Open Democracy published Prof. Marta Dyczok’s article about the conflict between developers and activist protecting historical monuments in Ukraine, 20 February 2013.  Read the article

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