Working Paper Series on Children and Transitional Justice

©Khristopher Carlson/Uganda - Children on wall in Northern Uganda's Kitgum district


The idea of a Working Paper Series on Children and Transitional Justice was launched in 2007 in close collaboration with UNICEF NY. The Series is intended to generate dialogue and consensus, and to better inform children's protection and participation in ongoing or planned transitional justice processes in diverse country situations.

In order to provide in-depth study on these issues, UNICEF IRC and ICTJ are launching an expert paper series on Children and Transitional Justice. Topics to be addressed include: i) Children, Education and Reconciliation, ii) Children and reparations, iii) Children and criminal responsibility, iv) Children and local justice mechanisms, v) Children's Hearings in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, vi) Children, youth, and gender roles in transitional justice contexts, vii) Transitional justice in Sierra Leone, comparison and complementarity, viii) The role of child protection agencies in transitional justice processes, ix) Psychosocial support for children involved in transitional justice, x) Adolescents and economic opportunities in post-conflict, xi) Security sector reform and children. These issues have been identified as representing the current concerns and controversies among experts of international law and human/child rights.

The Series, to be released electronically in March 2010 includes the following expert papers:
  • Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes by the Lords Resistance Army
    Khristopher Carlson, Feinstein International Ctr., Tufts University
  • ,li> Basic Assumptions of Transitional Justice and Children
    Alison Smith, International Criminal Justice Program NPWJ
  • Child Participation in the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Philip Cook and Cheryl Heykoop, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, University of Victoria
  • Prosecuting International Crimes against Children and Questions of Criminal Responsibility
    Christine Bakker, Research Fellow, European University Institute
  • Children and Reparations
    Dyan Mazurana, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Children and Security Sector Reform in Post-conflict Peacebuilding
    David Nosworthy, Independent Consultant
  • Children and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Theo Sowa, Independent Consultant
  • Children and the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Piers Pigou, Director South African Archives
  • Children and the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste
    Megan Hirst, Associate Legal Officer, Victims Participation and Reparations Unit, ICC; and Ann Linnarsson, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF IRC
  • Children and Torture
    Daniel O'Donnell, Independent Consultant; and Norberto Liwski, President CODESH
  • Transitional Justice and the Situation of Children in Colombia and Peru
    Salvador Herencia-Carrasco, Legal Advisor, Peru Constitutional Court
  • Children, Education and Reconciliation
    Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair, University of Ulster
  • Children, Youth and Gender Roles in the Rwandan Transitional Justice Context
    Jeanne D'Arc
  • Rethinking Transitional Justice Approaches to Youth Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups
    Theresa Betancourt, Director, Research Program Children Global Adversity, Harvard School Public Health
  • Towards the realization of economic justice for children: Expanding the role of reparations in post-conflict societies
    Sharan Parmar, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
  • Genetic tracing, disappeared children and justice
    Rachel Shigekane, UC Berkeley, Human Rights Center; Phuong Pham, UC Berkeley, Human Rights Center; and Michele L. Harvey, Forensic Pediatric Fellow, Alberta CA
  • Prosecuting International Crimes against children and Questions of Children and Accountability for Grave Crimes: The role of the ICC and other International and Hybrid Jurisdictions
    Cecile Aptel, Senior Fellow, International Center for Transitional Justice
  • The Potential and Limits of Mato Oput as a Tool for Reconciliation and Justice for Children in Northern Uganda
    Prudence Acirokop, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
  • Psychosocial Support for Children: Protecting the rights of child victims and witnesses in transitional justice processes
    An Michels, Independent Consultant
  • Restorative Justice After Mass Violence: Opportunities and Risks for Children and Youth
    Laura Stovel, Professor, Department of Global Studies, Wilfred Laurier University; and Marta Valinas, Researcher, Catholic University Leuven
  • Truth Commissions and National Curriculum: the Case of the Recordandonos Resource in Peru
    Julia Paulson, Oxford University