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Shirley Wales presenting at TJ conference with Tammy Lambert and Valerie Oosterveld


PhD Student Jacob Evoy on Transitional Justice, Queerness and Intergenerational Trauma

Transitional Justice PhD student Jacob Evoy, who uses they/them pronouns, successfully defended their doctoral dissertation in June 2024 and plans to share their work during Queer Research Day this fall, an annual event at Western showcasing graduate student research through presentations, academic posters and one-day programming across campus.

Evoy studied in the department of gender, sexuality and women’s studies in Western’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities [and was part of the TJ Collaborative Graduate Specialization]. They focus on the study of transitional justice – a response to human rights violations that seeks to recognize victims – in post-conflict resolution and intergenerational trauma and queerness.

Evoy developed an oral history of a marginalized group, interviewing 16 queer children of Holocaust survivors and gathering information on their life experiences as members of both Jewish and queer communities.

Full story can be found on Western News.

Ukraine: One Year After Russia’s Escalated War

On February 27, 2023, the Centre held an online conference, Ukraine: One Year After Russia’s Escalated War. The first panel, chaired by Prof. Marta Dyczok, focused on information warfare, with speakers Yevhen Fedchenko, Journalism School, University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy; Andriy Kulykov, Hromadske Radio, Ukraine; and Roman Horbyk, Södertörn University College, Sweden. 

The second panel, International Criminal Law and Russia's War on Ukraine, was chaired by Prof. Valerie Oosterveld, with speakers Kateryna Busol, National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (on investigating conflict-related sexual violence); Wayne Jordash, Global Rights Compliance Law Firm and Foundation (on crime investigations in Ukraine); and Jennifer Trahan, New York University Center for Global Affairs (on the proposal for a tribunal on aggression). 

The conference was sponsored by the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction; Western Law's Public and Private International Law Research Group; Faculty of Social Science; Department of History; and the Department of Political Science.

Videorecordings of the conference are available here: 
Russia's War Part 1.mp4
Russia's War Part 2.mp4

The State and Indigenous Governance in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa:
A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion

The Centre co-hosted a successful workshop on May 4-6, 2022, entitled “The State and Indigenous Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa and North America.” The workshop brought together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars from sub-Saharan Africa and North America to explore common governance challenges and successes in the realization of Indigenous rights in these two diverse regions.

An edited report summarizing and analyzing the presentations and discussions from the workshop is now available online and in printed form.



Past as a Political Tool: Collective Memory and Exclusionary Politics

Dr. Kate Korycki, TJ Centre & Western University's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Friday, March 15, 2024
3:30-4:30 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

From Discrimination to Death: Genocide Process through a Human Rights Lens

Dr. Melanie O'Brien, Visiting Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota, and President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars
Friday, March 8, 2024
4:00-5:00 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

20 Days in Mariupol, Director: Mstyslav Chernov

Free Film Screening - A documentary about the first weeks of war.
Monday, February 26, 2024
6:00-8:00 pm
Weldon Library Community Room, Ground Floor

Advancing  Digital Peacebuilding: Digital Methods to Support Child Protection Initiatives

Dr. Yadira Lizama-Mué, TJ Centre & Western University's Cultureplex Lab
Friday, February 9, 2024
4:00-5:00 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

NEST Distinguished Speaker Series

Geoff Dancy, University of Toronto
Friday, January 12, 2024
2:00-3:30 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

Conducting Research in Ukraine During War

Professor Marta Dyczok, Western University Departments of History and Political Science
Thursday, September 19, 2023
12:00-12:50 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

Gender Justice in Liberian Peace Huts - Options for Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Loyce Mrewa, Western Law PhD Candidate
Thursday, October 26, 2023
12:00-12:50 pm
Social Sciences SSC 6210

Child Soldiers and Transitional Justice

Professor Mark Drumbl, Washington & Lee Faculty of Law
Monday, February 13, 2023
3:30-4:30 pm
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The Future of Genocide Studies Panel

Thursday, November 17, 2022
5:00pm, via Zoom

Panel: Dr. Lemos (presiding), Ben Kiernan (emeritus, Yale University), Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Victoria Tin-Bor Hui (University of Notre Dame), Andrew Woolford (Manitoba), and Lindsey Scorgie-Porter (Huron).  


Cambridge World History of Genocide, Book Launch

Thursday, November 17, 2022
4:00-5:00 pm, via Zoom 

Panel: Dr. Lemos (presiding), Ben Kiernan (emeritus, Yale University), Doris Bergen (University of Toronto), Victoria Tin-Bor Hui (University of Notre Dame), Andrew Woolford (Manitoba), and Lindsey Scorgie-Porter (Huron). 

Ebola was a threat to our Peace, we had to stop it! Informal Caring Motivations, Liberian Women and the 2014 Ebola Epidemic

Thursday, November 24, 2022
3:30-4:30 pm
Social Sciences SSC 2024

Gender-Based Persecution and the International Criminal Court: Prosecution Strategy and Policy

Thursday, Dececember 1, 2022
3:30-4:30 pm 
Social Sciences SSC 2024