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International Center for Transitional Justice

Skoll Awardee(s):
Award Year: 2009
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Peace and Human Rights

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We cannot afford to ignore the abuses of the past. In the aftermath of mass atrocities or the brutal repression of a dictatorship, societies devastated by massive human rights violations must address the legacy of those abuses or they will be doomed to a perpetual cycle of violence. The International Center for Transitional Justice is the premiere organization assisting societies to pursue accountability and redress for victims through war crimes trials, truth commissions, institutional reform, and reparations programs.

Its work in more than 50 countries over the last ten years has shown that societies in transition can build a future founded on justice – and ICTJ’s mission is to assist them in their undertakings. Working with governments, victims groups, and civil society activists, ICTJ provides technical expertise and support to often-difficult, long-term efforts to build a lasting, fair, and sustainable peace.

From Nepal to Kenya to Tunisia, new opportunities to consolidate peace through justice continue to emerge – and ICTJ remains ready to provide support wherever people demand an end to impunity for violating their human rights.

Impact since joining the portfolio in 2009:

  • In Colombia, ICTJ is advising authorities on how to provide justice for thousands of victims of the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running civil war. It is providing assistance to tribunals and prosecutors to reveal the complexity of criminal structures and working with civil society and other stakeholders on a possible future truth commission.
  • As Tunisia prepares to vote on a new constitution, the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice has partnered with ICTJ in building a legal framework for efforts to address the crimes of the deposed Ben Ali regime. It is advising Tunisia’s government, civil society, and victims groups as they decide how reparations for victims of the revolution will be defined and determine what kind of truth seeking they need.
  • ICTJ works in a number of countries to transform transitional justice norms and practices to ensure that women are included, every step of the way. It is producing new research on how serious human rights abuses like enforced disappearance affect women, and in places such as Nepal, Tunisia, and Colombia, it provides guidance on how initiatives like reparations programs can redress the harms suffered by women.
  • ICTJ is leading the field in understanding how children and youth can participate in transitional justice processes.

ICTJ’s podcast is available on iTunes and This bimonthly podcast features leaders in human rights, international justice, rule of law and related fields discussing justice and accountability in transitional contexts around the world.


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