Appointed by Kofi Annan, Professor Ron Slye served as one of three International Commissioners for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission between 2009-2013, and has also served as an international consultant to the South African Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. He will join a panel discussion on February 18th addressing the power and limits of current human rights approaches to confronting mass atrocities in Africa, as well as the possibilities of alternative models. How should we define responsibility for mass violence? What should be the meanings of ‘truth’ and ‘justice’ for societies confronting civil war? The panel will critically engage the role of prosecutions and truth commissions as crucial institutions for helping countries confront, and move beyond, their violent pasts.
- Professor Matiangai Sirleaf (University of Pittsburgh School of Law)
- Professor Ronald Slye (Seattle University School of Law & Former International Commissioner for the Kenyan Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and international consultant to South African Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission)
- Moderated by Professor Michael Struett (NC State University, Political Science)
This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy. This panel is co-sponsored by Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic and the Center for International and Comparative Law.
Please RSVP to Daniel Baroff [email@example.com] by Monday, February 15th at noon.
Debating Trials and Truth Commissions: Responding to Violence in Africa
Thursday, February 18th, 4:30-6:00
Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101 West Duke)
Reception to follow