Children and Transitional Justice

Children and Transitional Justice Conference, 27-29 April 2009

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Children and Transitional Justice Conference, co-convened by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, will take place in Cambridge (MA) from 27 to 29 April.

It is the culmination of a research work started in 2007 by UNICEF IRC with a wide range of experts, including within UNICEF Headquarters, the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) and numerous academic institutions, in order to encourage further research and analysis of key issues and case studies related to children and transitional justice.

The main objectives of the Conference are:

In the short term:
  • Consolidate research findings and recommendations on children and transitional justice, and generate debate and dialogue from diverse perspectives among i) practitioners and academics, ii) legal experts and child rights advocates, iii) south and north-based specialists.
  • Develop a Key Principles Document that will serve as the basis for further consensus and for the promotion of minimum standards for the protection and participation of children in transitional justice processes.

In the Long Term:
  • Promote the Key Principles Document through a network of practitioners, academics, child rights advocates and legal experts in order to inform and support efforts for the involvement of children in truth, reconciliation and justice-seeking processes.
  • Provide a basis for a consistent and coherent approach to children and transitional justice in order to improve accountability and promote reconciliation in diverse country contexts.
  • Build capacity of stable and long-term development in the aftermath of armed conflict, including through engaging children and adolescents as partners and stakeholders in the rebuilding of their communities, and in securing future social and economic opportunities.