About Justice Visions

The question of how to serve justice, facilitate peaceful transitions and empower victims of past large-scale abuses is about as old as the field of transitional justice (TJ) itself. Increasingly practitioners are turning to participatory approaches as a promising way to make advances regarding each of these issues. An oft-cited benefit of victim participation in TJ processes is that it allegedly increases the legitimacy of these processes by rendering them more locally relevant, and that it empowers participants and turns them into ambassadors of the justice process.

However, little is known about how to organize this participation in practice or under which conditions alleged benefits (for individual victims-participants or for society at large) are likely to materialize. As a result, participation is often organized with little critical reflection about potential unforeseen or long-term effects.

Because formal and informal transitional justice processes often face significant practical, financial and political constraints, it is crucial to better understand how participatory approaches can contribute to a positive and lasting legacy.

The Justice Visions project, funded by the European Research Council, carries out research on this topic.

The research findings will provide policy-makers with empirically supported expertise on pressing policy issues, and, because of the project’s attention to international dynamics as well as local contexts, findings will enrich our scholarly understanding of the interaction between these policy levels and will be relevant to a variety of (post-)conflict settings.

Outreach statement

This project was formulated on the basis of broad consultations with various stakeholders. It is our aim to carry out our work in ways that are as relevant as possible for academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and victims themselves.

In addition to academic output, we engage in a broad range of outreach activities, from public speaking and the organization of round tables and lectures, to the production of a podcast series and policy briefs.

If you have any advice, suggestions or questions about this, we’d love to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to reach out to us via the contact form on this site.