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Law and Global Justice (LGJ)


Prosecutions, Politics and Transitions

How criminal justice in the Arab Spring is shaping transitional justice

6th May 2014 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. | Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre

Supported by:

Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Law and Global Justice

Islam, Law and Modernity

Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School | Santander Bank

The dramatic uprisings that ousted the long-standing leaders of several countries in the Arab region have set in motion an unprecedented period of social, political and legal transformation. Prosecutions of former leaders and other high-ranking government officials have emerged as the single most pursued route of transitional justice - something which was almost non-existent prior to the uprisings in the Arab region.

This panel will address the question of the prosecution of political leaders in the Arab region, with a focus on four countries whose leaders were ousted during the Arab Spring uprisings: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. The panel will also benefit from the intervention of a discussant with expertise on Latin America. Latin America’s varied experiences with transitional justice since the 1970’s will provide a strong case for comparison, especially as much of the transitional justice literature is currently heavy on analyses from that region, with very little yet on the Arab region. 

The following academics and practitioners will make for an exciting panel discussion:

Elin Skaar, Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute

Moataz El Fegiry, former executive director, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies | SOAS Law School

Elham Saudi, Director, Lawyers for Justice in Libya

Greta Barbone, Senior Associate, International Justice Programme, No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ)

Khaled Fattah, Guest Lecturer, Centre for Middle East Studies, Lund University and non-resident scholar on Yemen, Carnegie Middle East Center

For further information, please contact Noha Aboueldahab: (

Conference: Law and Negotiation in Conflict: Theory, Policy and Practice

Thursday March 20th & Friday March 21st 2014

Venue: Hatfield College, Durham University

Supported by the Modern Law Review and Durham Global Security Institute

Increasingly at the forefront of global agendas, the relationship between law and politics plays a key role in providing guidance and legitimacy for peace agreements while also emphasising the complex political task of negotiation. Tension between peace and justice underlies efforts at peace making seen daily in Syria, Egypt, Sri Lanka, or Afghanistan. International actors acknowledge law's normative constraints on the practice of peace-making and mediation including on questions of consent, inclusivity and local ownership. However to date, academic scrutiny of the relationship remains scant as focus centres on facets such as human rights in peace agreements or setting transitional justice priorities. Bringing together academics and practitioners, this conference interrogates the relationship between law and negotiation in conflict and post conflict environments. It centres on the tensions inherent in attempting to use law to regulate the political task of negotiation. It addresses the extent to which negotiation should be constrained by law, and the role law can play in providing underpinning principles such as legality and legitimacy. This conference explores the role of negotiation in assisting the production and implementation of legal norms in diverse contexts. Using examples of recurring and yet highly topical themes forming the fault lines in the relationship between law and negotiation; violence, culture and gender, this conference initiates a conversation between academics and practitioners.


We are pleased to welcome

Mr Francesc Vendrell  

Ms Rashida Manjoo 

Dr Sari Kouvo 

Dr Aisling Swaine 

Dr Christopher Lamont 

Dr Martin Waehlisch 

Dr Ilan Wall 

Law and Global Justice Seminar Series 2013/14

Location: University College MCR

Tues 2nd Sept, 2:00 - 3:30 Martin Waehlisch 'The Imperfect Peace: State Transitions, Power-sharing and International law'

Weds 30th Oct, 4:00-5:30 Mr Henry Jones (Debate on current issue to be finalised next week)

Thurs 5th Dec at 4:00- 5:30 Dr. Sarah Williams 'Sexual Violence and the ECCt'

Weds 22nd January 3.30-5:00 Prof. Jo Fox 'Propoganda, Film and Prosecuting Nazi Filmmakers'

Weds 26th February 4:00 - 5:30 Dr. Neelam Srivastava 'The Battle of Algiers and Burn, Colonialism and Film

PGR Seminar Series 2014

Wednesday 5th February: Access to controlled medicine under the international drug control treaties: Experiences from Uganda: Marie Elske Gispen, Utrecht University, Visiting Researcher at Durham Law School 

Wednesday 5th March: IHL and non-state actors: The Syrian Legal Development Programme - Yasmine Nahlawi, Newcastle University, External Relations Director for the Syrian Legal Development Programme

Easter Term: Cultural Memory in a Diasporic Community, (Colonialism: France and the Caribbean), Sara-Louise Cooper, Oxford University 

Conference: Postgraduate Research Conference, Thursday 1st May and Friday 2nd May

LGJD is collaborating with Durham European Law Institute (DELI) and the Human Rights Centre at Durham (HRC) to host the Annual Durham Postgraduate Conference. Postgraduate Researchers will be presenting work on issues of Global Justice, European Law and Human Rights at St Mary's College, Durham. We are delighted to welcome Professor Neil Walker and Professor Susan Marks as keynote speakers over the two day conference.