How can journalists and academics contribute to more effective Transitional Justice policy-making?
Researchers from Oxford University's Centre for Criminology and Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) worked with the Swiss NGO Fondation Hirondelle organised a conference for journalists, policy-makers, practitioners, academics and students to examine what role media can play in transitional justice processes.
Transitional Justice refers to a set of measures such as judicial prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programmes and other institutional reforms, aimed at addressing the legacies of gross human rights abuses and ensuring they do not reoccur. In early 2015, Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR) and the Swiss NGO Fondation Hirondelle established JusticeInfo.Net, an online platform that draws together the expertise of academics and journalists in the field of transitional justice in order to more effectively inform policy and practice.
JusticeInfo.Net is a unique collaborative project resulting from a previous ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange project called ‘Ways of Knowing After Atrocity’ (ES/K000683/1). It combines real time journalistic coverage, policy advice, and academic analysis of transitional justice processes across the world and makes this material publically accessible especially for local media, policy makers and practitioners in the countries concerned.
In June 2015, following on the successful launch of JusticeInfo.Net, Julia Viebach, Leila Ullrich and Carolyn Hoyle of the Oxford Centre for Criminology (Faculty of Law), working closely with Matilde Gawronski and other members of OTJR and their partner Fondation Hirondelle, organised a workshop with journalists, policy-makers, practitioners, academics and students to examine what role (online) media can play in transitional justice processes. This interactive workshop also discussed ways for academics and media to effectively collaborate so as to inform local transitional justice processes.
Following the workshop, the project team is working on the production of a handbook to recommend best practice for developing these relationships and expanding the network. Videos and podcasts of the workshop will be available on the OTJR website and JusticeInfo.Net.
This project was funded by Oxford's ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.
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