[TimorLesteStudies] ANU Seminar: Justice is Yet to Come: Rethinking the Dynamics of Transitional Justice in East Timor
bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Mon May 23 11:22:21 EST 2011
Justice is Yet to Come: Rethinking the Dynamics of Transitional Justice in East Timor
11:00am - 12:30pm
Hedley Bull lecture theatre 2, Australian National University
Transitional justice mechanisms - including trials and truth commissions - have become firmly entrenched as part of the United Nations 'tool-kit' for successful post-conflict recovery, promoted as a means of assisting both individuals and societies to 'come to terms' with complex legacies of violence. This presentation unsettles these assumptions by charting the interplay between international transitional justice narratives promoted by the United Nations, national narratives of justice and nation-building promoted by East Timor's political elite, and local narratives of injustice promoted by East Timorese survivors. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in East Timor in 2007 and 2008, I argue that the UN-sponsored transitional justice process has been unable to fully meet local expectations of justice, which are historically and culturally situated. Rather, it has contributed to an ongoing, locally grounded, conversation about how best to 'deal with the past'. The dynamic nature of these developments suggests that transitional justice might best be understood as a continuing and productive interaction between international, national and local actors.
Lia Kent is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program at the Australian National University. She has worked in, and researched on, East Timor since 2000. Lia completed her PhD thesis, entitled 'Justica Seidauk Mai (Justice is yet to come): Rethinking the Dynamics of Transitional Justice in East Timor' at the University of Melbourne in 2010.
Enquiries: ssgm at anu.edu.au
Dr Bu V.E. Wilson
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