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One of GSG-REG’s core research foci is on political transitions and transitional justice in North Africa.

Transitional Justice in the Maghreb

Led by Dr. Christopher K. Lamont, this project began with an American Institute for Maghreb Studies grant that facilitated field research in Tunisia during 2012 and a U.S. Embassy in Tripoli Office of Public Affairs grant that facilitated interviews at Libya’s Ministry for Families of Martyrs and Missing Persons and local civil society organizations in January 2013.

Project Overview :

Within the context of rapid political change in North Africa there has been a proliferation of transitional justice discourses across the Maghreb. In Tunisia, these transitional justice demands resulted in the rapid pursuit of a diverse array of transitional justice mechanisms that range from state commissions tasked with investigating past acts of corruption and human rights abuses, criminal trials of members of the Ben Ali family, attempts at vetting Ministry of Interior personnel, and even the establishment of a government ministry of human rights and transitional justice. Meanwhile in Libya, transitional justice demands have been put forward in the context of a turbulent transitional process launched in the immediate aftermath of armed conflict, which has seen demands for accountability for both conflict related crimes and abuses perpetrated during Qaddafi’s four decade long rule. Nevertheless, while transitional justice scholars are increasingly turning their attention to North Africa in response to these developments, there remains comparatively little scholarship that attempts to understand and contextualize local transitional justice discourses.

Related Activities :

A Harsh Arab Winter from Maghreb to the Levant: Comparing the Struggle of Revolutionary Social Movements for Political Change in Tunisia and Syria: A Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Christopher K. Lamont (GSG-REG) and Dr. Bassam Haddad (George Mason University, Co-Founder Jadaliyya) and moderated by Dr. Arnaud Kurze (New York University) at the Alexander Hamilton Center, New York University, 22 November 2013.

Special Lecture by Dr. Christopher K. Lamont "Transitional Justice in the Arab Spring - the Negotiation of Justice in Libya and Tunisia" Invited Lecture, Osaka School for International Public Policy, Osaka University, Japan, 11 July 2013.

Dr. Christopher K. Lamont was a Transitional Justice Advisor and contributor to the Transitional Justice and Judicial Reform in Algeria and Tunisia U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative Alumni Chapter Conference (Algeria and Tunisia) with the Center for Maghreb Studies in Tunis, Tunisia, 13-14 May 2013. Read more about this conference in the Center for Maghrib Studies 2013 Newsletter.

Related Publications :

Christopher K. Lamont and Hela Boujneh "Transitional Justice in Tunisia: Negotiating Justice during Transition" Politicka Misao: Croatian Political Science Review, Vol. 49, No. 5, 2012, pp. 32-49.

Christopher K. Lamont “Transitional Justice and the Politics of Lustration” in Pathways to Transitional Justice in the Arab World – Reflections on the Asia Pacific Experience, Middle East Institute, Washington D.C., January 2014.

Tunisian Youth Politicians Social Justice Masterclass

Globalisation Studies Groningen's research group Research in Ethics and Globalisation (GSG-REG) in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD), the Tunisian School of Politics (TSoP) and Youth Political Party Organisations are organizing our second Social Justice Masterclass on 22 and 23 January 2014.

This year’s Masterclass, organized by Dr. Christopher K. Lamont, follows on the success of last year’s visit to the Netherlands by a delegation of Tunisian youth politicians in January 2013. During this visit ten students from the Tunisian School of Politics were coupled with Dutch youth politicians to share ideas and best practices on party politics and social justice policy. In addition, GSG-REG provided an intensive social justice Masterclass, which resulted in Tunisian youth politicians writing two pieces of draft social justice legislation.

This year’s two-day intensive Masterclass will again support the NIMD in facilitating inter-party dialogue among youth members of Tunisia's political parties. It is particularly timely given that 2013 has been a turbulent year in Tunisia’s transition with two political assassinations and the suspension of Tunisia’s parliamentary body, the National Constituent Assembly in July 2013.

The topic of this year’s Masterclass will again be Social Justice as demands for social justice and socio-economic inequality fueled the protests that brought about Tunisia’s January 2011 revolution. During the Masterclass students will receive lectures on social justice in a global context, but also Dutch approaches to social justice in the context of the current economic crisis and austerity. GSG-REG looks forward to welcoming our second dynamic group of youth politicians to Groningen in our first of many events planned for 2014.

The academic program for this year’s masterclass will be published shortly. Last year’s academic program can be found here.

Last modified:23 July 2018 3.12 p.m.