• Jus Post Bellum: Justice After the War

    Minnesota Journal of International Law Volume 27 Symposium

  • Featuring

    • Jens Iverson

      Assistant Professor of Public International Law

      Leiden University
    • Fionnuala Ni Aolain

      Regents Professor; Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society

      University of Minnesota Law School
    • Ruti Teitel

      Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law; Chair, Global Law and Justice Colloquium,

      New York Law School
    • Judge John Tunheim

      Chief U.S. District Judge

      District of Minnesota


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  • When

    Friday, November 17, 2017
    8:30 am to 4:00 pm


    Walter F. Mondale Hall Room 25

    University of Minnesota Law School
    229 19th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Much of the conversation surrounding international law and human rights focuses on the period of actual conflict, but the period in which states transition from conflict to peace and the mechanisms used are just as critical. The International Center for Transitional Justice defines transitional justice as “the ways countries, emerging from periods of conflict and repression, address large scale or systematic human rights violations so numerous and so serious that the normal justice system will not be able to provide an adequate response.” The Symposium will examine and discuss the mechanisms used to address such issues.

Some conflicts result in occupation of territory by another hostile actor or state. In theory, such a circumstance is governed by the Law of Occupation under the U.N. Charter and the Geneva Conventions. How does this set of laws affect the territory’s government, economy, and society, and should it be considered a post-war period in which the mechanisms of transitional justice apply?

The power of the Law of Occupation, transitional justice and jus post bellum is only commensurate with its relevance. It is an inescapable truth that—just like the past and the present—the future will be marked with conflict and wars. It is a similar truth that conflicts will cause the deprivation of human rights and human life. Although conflict may end, the devastation of societies and the necessity to rebuild and move forward endures.

The Symposium aims to provide an insight into the transition from wartime to peace and reconstruction, and the human rights concerns that accompany this process through an interdisciplinary and international lens. The Minnesota Journal of International Law and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center are proud to present internationally recognized scholars to create an engaging conversation on the meaning of jus post bellum, reconstruction and peace, and occupation.

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This event is free and open to the public.


5.25 CLE credits have been requested; Event Code #247862


Lunch will be provided by Allie’s Deli to registered attendees.

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