Justice for Victims in Transitional Societies

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How do societies seek to come to terms with legacies of large-scale abuses in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation? And what role can victims play in this process? These are crucial questions for scholars and practitioners of transitional justice (TJ).

TJ practitioners and scholars alike have increasingly been turning to victim-centric, participatory approaches to increase the legitimacy and “efficacy” of TJ processes.

By giving victims centre stage, stakeholders hope to better address victims’ needs, enhance local ownership and transform victims into agents of change who can carry forth processes of justice seeking after international actors leave.

But what do we really know about how to best organize this victim participation, or what its long-term effects are?

This website brings you the results of, amongst other things, an ERC-funded research project (VictPart 804154) that examines this question.


Tine Destrooper receives prestigious grant for project on human rights accountability Posted in post, on Jun 23, 2021

This year, for the first time, the Flemish universities joined forces to select around twenty inter-university and inter-disciplinary research projects funded through BOF. A research project on human rights accountability in which two professors of the Human Rights Centre take up a leading role, was awarded one of these grants. Tine Destrooper and Marie-Bénédicte Dembour […]

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Kick off “Towards a Responsive Criminal Justice System in the Philippines” Posted in post, on Oct 18, 2022

Rights2LIFE: Towards a Responsive Criminal Justice System in the Philippines is a capacity-building and research project between Ghent University and the University of Cordilleras in Luzon, the Philippines. The Filipino nation currently faces worsening disregard for the rule of law and disrespect for human rights, , as evident in glaring extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and detentions, [...]

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Tine Destrooper becomes co-editor of the Journal of Human Rights Practice (OUP) Posted in post, on Jan 23, 2021

In line with the practice orientation of the Justice Visions project, Justice Visions PI Tine Destrooper, joined the editors of the Journal of Human Rights Practice (Oxford University Press), to push debates at the intersection of human rights scholarship and practice in new directions. The journal is the leading academic journal focusing on human rights practice and activism.

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Justice Visions researchers submit amicus curiae to the Constitutional Court of Guatemala Posted in post, on Dec 29, 2020

On the 29th of December 2020, twenty-four years after the signing of the final peace agreement, the Human Rights Center of the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Ghent University submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Guatemalan Constitutional Court on the international standards on reparations and victims’ rights. The amicus curiae was submitted within an amparo action […]

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