CALL FOR PAPERS: Transitional Justice &

by | Mar 6, 2020

This call offers an opportunity to publish academic op-eds exploring questions of transitional justice on is an electronic platform offering real time journalistic coverage and academic analysis of transitional justice processes all over the world. The platform was officially launched in June 2015 and is a collaborative project between Fondation Hirondelle, Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. OTJR’s role in the project is to produce concise, high-quality academic contributions that will complement the journalistic coverage provided by Hirondelle’s media network of journalists reporting from post-conflict and transitional countries worldwide.

We are looking for analytical pieces addressing a particular question of transitional justice or examining a significant ‘event,’ ‘process,’ or ‘case.’ The submissions must satisfy three criteria: 1) they must address a question pertaining to the field of transitional justice; 2) they must demonstrate a clear link to the realities on the ground (purely theoretical pieces will not be considered); 3) they must, even if strictly academic in character, avoid high levels of abstraction and define or avoid using overly academic jargon. Final pieces must be between 1000 and 1500 words in length, based on arguments and evidence, address potential counter-arguments, and be explicit about the assumptions they make.


While OTJR remains open to submission on all topics relevant to the challenges of transitional justice, at this stage, we particularly encourage contributions on:

– the following countries:
Syria (particularly the Independent, Impartial and Independent Mechanism and issues of universal jurisdiction); Palestine; Yemen; Lebanon (including taking stock of the Law for the Missing and Forcibly Disappeared Persons and critical assessments of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon); Indonesia (especially the Aceh Truth and Reconciliation Commission); Taiwan (following up on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission); Kosovo and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

– the following topics
Business and international crimes; Indigenous rights and justice for indigenous communities (including the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental justice, truth commissions for indigenous rights in Scandinavia and Canada); Colonial crimes and restitution of art; reparations; assessing domestic war crimes trials in the former Yugoslavia


OTJR will consider for acceptance both full length pieces (1000 – 1500 words) and abstracts of no more than 300 words. Abstracts must address the topic and argument proposed, as well as how the argument will be developed and supported. Please send all submissions, along with a copy of your CV, to (CC to OTJR’s Chief Editor Jessica Anania at before March 31, 2020.


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