[TimorLesteStudies] Melbourne Event: ‘The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor’

Bu Wilson bu.wilson at anu.edu.au
Mon Sep 24 10:33:22 EST 2012

Friends of Suai/Covalima present

East Timor human rights advocates

Dr Lia Kent and Dr Damian Grenfell

In Conversation…

‘The Dynamics of Transitional Justice: International Models and Local Realities in East Timor’

Dr. Lia Kent’s book explores the disillusionment of the East Timorese with the official justice

processes of their government and the UN. Based on extensive fieldwork, it discusses how

local understandings of justice are informed by a range of influences outside the formal

justice processes.

Dr. Kent and Dr. Grenfell will also explore the reasons why East Timorese survivors are

engaging in practices such as the reburial of loved ones who died during the conflict and the

construction of monuments to keep the memories of the past alive. It is important that these powerful

customary belief systems and practices are understood as part of the ongoing pursuit of justice.

Lia has a long history of involvement with East Timor. As a community development worker she worked

with East Timorese asylum seekers in the mid 1990’s, before becoming a Human Rights Officer for the UN

from 2000 - 2002. She visits East Timor regularly and has completed a PhD on justice in East Timor.

Dr. Damian Grenfell is Director of the Globalism Research Centre. His research concentrates on different

patterns of social conflict and resolution across the local, national and global.

Sunday 30 September,

2 - 4 pm,

St Kilda Library

150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda

TRAM 3, 16, 67 or Train to Balaclava Station

Dr Lia Kent is a Postdoctoral Fellow, with the State, Society and Governance in

Melanesia Program, Australian National University

Dr Damian Grenfell is Director, Globalism Research Centre, RMIT University

Dr Bu V.E. WilsonT: Vanuatu +678 598 2646
T: Australia +61 0 407 087 086
T: Timor-Leste + 670 744 0011
E: buvewilson at gmail.com
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