About the TJ Centre

The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction is one of the six governing research centres that encompass the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), which brings together he research centres in the Faculty of Social Science.

The Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction was established in late 2009. It brings together experts from across the Western community whose teaching and research focuses on issues including reconciliation, criminal accountability, post-colonial legacies, legal reconstruction, the environment, human rights, economic justice, healing circles, democratization, and more.

Our aim is to be a world-wide centre of excellence in scholarship on transitional justice and post-conflict reconstruction through collaborative, interdisciplinary and international research amongst faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and postdoctoral fellows.


Wednesday, September 29, 2021
How the History Wars Came to Canada:  The TRC and the Unanticipated Politics of Toppling Statues 
Matt James, Political Science, University of Victoria 
3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom (please email tjcentre@uwo.ca for a Zoom link)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 
Truth-Finding without Transitional Justice: Parliamentary Commissions of Inquiry in Turkey  
Onur Bakiner, Political Science, Seattle University 
3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom (please email tjcentre@uwo.ca for a Zoom link)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Charting A Course to Measures of Non-Recurrence: The Possibilities and Limits of Customary Justice   
Isaac Bayor, Political Science and TJ Centre, Western University 
3:30-4:30 p.m. via Zoom (please email tjcentre@uwo.ca for a Zoom link)

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 
The role and limits of transitional justice in Africa's incomplete decolonization project: Lessons from postwar Sierra Leone  
Mohamed Sesay, African Studies, York University 
3:30-4:30 p.m. location TBA 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Ending wars, ending structural violence 
Catherine Lu, McGill University 
3:30-4:30 p.m. location TBA 

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 
Transformative Reconciliation 
Kiera Ladner, University of Manitoba 
3:30-4:30 p.m. location TBA 


Visiting Research Fellow

Jared O. BellThe TJ Centre is delighted to welcome Dr. Jared O. Bell as a visiting research fellow for the Fall 2021 term.  Dr. Bell is a post-conflict development expert with technical focuses on justice, human rights, and reconciliation. He works in USAID's Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Democracy Office in Sarajevo where he serves as a Democracy and Governance Advisor.  While with the Centre, he will be working on a project that considers Canada's TRC in comparative frame with the utility of a prospective truth commission in the United States.  Welcome, Jared!

Grzyb receives major grant for memory project in El Salvador

Prof. Mandy Grzyb (FIMS/TJ) has been awarded a seven-year, $2.5-million partnership grant for her work "Surviving Memory in El Salvador". Read more

Prof. Joanna Quinn on the Unpublished Ottawa Podcast

Professor Joanna Quinn (Political Science/TJ) recently appeared on a podcast to talk about the role of acknowledging the past, in relation to the discovery of the burial site at the former residential school in Kamloops, BC. Have a listen.

Canadian Association of Anthropology FAQ Regarding Remote Sensing Technology

The Canadian Association of Anthropology has published an FAQ with information about the use of remote sensing technology for grave detection.  The CAA makes clear that it is essential that communities control if, when, and how any investigation is carried out and how any messaging regarding that work is released to the public or media. Read more [PDF]

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