Conference: Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, to take place February 7-8, 2013. The conference is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged.

Impunity, Justice and the Human Rights Agenda

Since the early 1990s, the human rights movement has increasingly taken up the mantra of anti-impunity and placed its faith in criminal justice systems—international, domestic and transnational—to achieve it.  Indeed, it is difficult to find the identification of a human rights violation today that does not call for criminal investigation and the prosecution of perpetrators.  To the extent there are debates about that strategy, they generally take place around the question “where,” not whether, prosecutions should occur.  With the growth of the international criminal arena and increased pressure on states to engage in prosecutions of human rights violators, even if not especially from years long past, an increasing amount of attention has been placed on uncovering, developing and making accessible archives that might assist now or in the future with the fight against impunity.

This conference will bring together scholars, human rights advocates and policy makers from around the world to assess critically the human rights movement’s focus on anti-impunity. What is gained and lost with this focus?

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