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Panel discussion: After the Arab spring - Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

Discussion about new book by UEL professor which examines transitional justice in the MENA region

Following the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, many had high hopes not only for democratisation but also for transitional justice to address the myriad abuses that had taken place in the region, both during the uprisings and for decades prior to them.

Protesters had called not only for removal of corrupt and abusive leaders, but also for the protection of human rights more generally, including socio-economic rights as well as civil and political rights. Despite these hopes, most of the transitions in the region have stalled, along with the possibility of transitional justice.

Professor Chandra Lekha Sriram's new book, After the Arab Spring - Traditional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa, is the first book to look at this process. It brings together leading experts in the fields of human rights and transitional justice, and in the history, politics and justice systems of countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Bahrain and Morocco.

While these countries have diverse histories, political institutions, and experiences with accountability, most have experienced non-transition, stalled transition, or political manipulation of transitional justice measures, highlighting the limits of such mechanisms.

These studies should inform reflection not only on the role of transitional justice in the region, but also on challenges to its operation more generally.

Chandra Lekha Sriram is the Director of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London and Editor of Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press and Hurst, 2016).

Omar Ashour is Senior Lecturer in Security Studies and Middle East Politics and contributing author to Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of numerous publications on security, terrorism, and democratization in the region.

Discussant: Rachel Kerr is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Kings College London. She is the author of numerous publications on international criminal justice and transitional justice.

Monday, 13 March 2017
Room US2.40, 4-5.30pm

University of East London
University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road
Stratford E15 1NF

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This event is part of a series celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict and is organized in cooperation with the London Transitional Justice Network.

Monday, 13 March 2017