Patrick Ball from the Benetech organization Human Rights Data Analysis Group held a lecture to the students of the Transitional Justice School on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. Patrick Ball spent 20 years creating databases and implementing quantative analyses of the gathered data on human rights violations for the purposes of truth commissions, non-governmental organizations, and international missions of the United Nations in El Salvador, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Peru, East Timor, Kosovo, and other countries.
The second generation of the Transitional Justice School was launched on Saturday, October 13th, 2012, at the premises of the Humanitarian Law Center. The Programme Coordinator, Marijana Toma, opened the school in the presence of some forty students. Throughout the following two months, students will have an opportunity to hear lectures about topics related to transitional justice: war crimes trials before local courts and the International Court in The Hague, truth commissions, the RECOM Initiative, the significance of documenting and archiving, and reparations.
Fond za humanitarno pravo
Škola tranzicione pravde je neformalni program obrazovanja o instrumentima za suočavanje sa prošlošću. Polaznici Škole slušaće predavanja o sudskim procesima pred Haškim tribunalom i nacionalnim sudovima za ratne zločine, vansudskim mehanizmima za utvrđivanje činjenica o zločinima iz prošlosti i pravu na reparacije.
Since the year 2001, the Humanitarian Law Center has been organizing various programmes of informal education concerning international humanitarian law, in relation to the past and transitional justice, in order to enhance knowledge about transitional justice and support for the process of reconciliation in the region.
In the period 2001-2003, the HLC organized a series of trainings for representatives of the Judiciary in Serbia in the area of international humanitarian law, in which representatives of the ICTY and World experts in international law held lectures. Several dozen representatives of the Judiciary in Serbia were thereby trained to apply international humanitarian law and prepared for war crimes trials.
During the summer of 2005 and 2006, the HLC organized two regional schools, where approximately 60 young students and human rights activists from BiH, Serbia and Croatia learned about the processes and mechanisms of dealing with the past.
The HLC has been organizing the Transitional Justice School since 2011, in which students and teachers of social sciences have an opportunity to hear about ICTY trials, out-of-court mechanisms for fact-finding about crimes committed in the past, the right of victims of human rights violations to reparations, and the contribution of archives and the media to establishing the truth and indicating accountability, preserving collective memory, and assisting reconciliation in post-conflict societies.
In addition to these activities, the HLC periodically issues publications about experiences of post-conflict and post-authoritarian states in the region of the Western Balkans and the World. It has also regularly published reports on the progress of transitional justice in the region, thus informing the public about war crimes trials, official and non-governmental fact-finding initiatives, administrative and court reparations, memorials and institutional reform. In its magazine entitled Forum for Transitional Justice, the HLC publishes articles written by relevant authors about challenges to the application of transitional justice mechanisms in the post-conflict societies of the Western Balkans and throughout the world.