Invitation to African nationals: IJR-THE HAGUE INSTITUTE TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME
8-29 June 2014
Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
The Hague, Netherlands
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and The Hague Institute for Global Justice (The Hague Institute) are pleased to announce the convening of a three week intensive Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme (Fellowship Programme). This is a residential programme which will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa from 8-20 June 2014 and immediately followed by a week in The Hague, Netherlands from 21-27 June 2014. This year’s Fellowship Programme will be open to African nationals living in the African continent. Applicants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe will be given preference. We are now inviting qualified individuals to apply to this esteemed programme.
Background to IJR
The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation was established in 2000 in the wake of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to promote reconciliation, transitional justice and democratic nation-building in Africa by means of research, analysis and selective intervention. Located at the interface between civil society and academia, it contributes to the building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies in countries undergoing political transition including: Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe
The South African phase of the Fellowship Programme will be organized by and hosted within the Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme (JRA) which is one of three IJR programmes. The other two programmes are the Building an Inclusive Society Programme (BIS) and the Policy and Analysis Programme (PA). The JRA works at three complimentary and mutually supportive levels with African societies in transition, namely: engaged research and analysis, capacity building, and collaborative political intervention. The Institute seeks to achieve a creative balance between justice and reconciliation, development and human security, as well as contributing to the reconstruction of countries ravaged by war and oppression.
For more information on the IJR and its work, please visit www.ijr.org.za.
Background to The Hague Institute
The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.
The Hague Institute for Global Justice, or simply The Hague Institute, was established in 2011 by the city of The Hague, key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government. Located in the city that has been a symbol of peace and justice for over a century, The Hague Institute is positioned uniquely to address issues at the intersection of peace, security and justice.
For more information on The Hague Institute and its work, please visit www.thehagueinstitute.org .
The Fellowship Programme
The IJR has been hosting Fellows from countries in political transition in Africa since 2000. The programme was designed to attract and bring together scholars and practitioners in the field of transitional justice to compare, reflect, research and write on their experiences and lessons learned from activities, projects and programmes in their respective countries. This year, the Fellowship Programme will be hosted in partnership with The Hague Institute and will include one week of training in The Hague with peer-to-peer exchange, dialogue, training, study on the rule of law and transitional justice, and visits to Hague-based courts and related institutions.
A rigorous selection process will ensure the targeting of professionals working with affected communities in the field of transitional justice in sub-Saharan Africa and who are in positions to influence policy processes and disseminate their Fellowship Programme experience through practical activities when they return home. Fellows will be appointed based on their positions as opinion leaders and/or policy makers in their respective home countries and are required to convincingly show their ability to develop initiatives and interventions in their home-countries to advance the transitional justice and reconciliation agenda. In addition, they must submit an institutional endorsement of their participation and commitment to implement at least one follow-up activity in-country.
The Fellowship Programme’s purpose is to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge, with a particular focus on issues related to reconciliation and social cohesion within the context of transitional justice. Accordingly, the Fellowship Programme will engage with some of the key literature, themes, and mechanisms and will supplement teachings with practical experiences, interaction with local organisations working in related fields and guided visits to historically significant sites and institutions dealing with international justice.
Elements of the Fellowship Programme
The Fellowship Programme aims to effectively equip participants to address challenges specific to democratic transitions by exposing them to various transitional justice tools. It encompasses the following elements: Interactive presentations on the transitional justice mechanisms in South Africa, international legal landscape, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), considering also the impact of Hague-based courts and tribunals on African regional and national legislatures and on local conflict resolution (with a focus on three key themes: gender, victim participation and fact finding); Study visits to relevant museums and memorials in Cape Town and Johannesburg; The Hague-based courts and tribunals, including expert exchanges at these institutions; Joint project development for in-country follow up transitional justice programming; Closed roundtable meetings and dialogues where Fellows engage with experts from South Africa, The Hague/The Netherlands on issues related to transitional justice; While in The Hague, Peace Palace library time for the Fellows to work on their follow-up projects including individual working papers/policy brief (with access to relevant libraries); Public debates and expert roundtable discussions on transitional justice in Africa, including substantive presentations by the Fellows at these meetings; and Diaspora dialogues
It is hoped that participants will deepen their familiarity with the growing field of transitional justice theory and then apply this theoretical framework to the practical challenges currently facing their country.
Fellows’ are strongly encouraged to document their reflections in the form of newspaper articles, policy briefs and/or working papers during and after the fellowship.
The IJR and The Hague Institute will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the fellowship and will provide a modest stipend for daily expenses.
For information related to past Fellowship Programmes, visit http://www.ijr.org.za/justice-and-reconciliation-in-africa-fellowship.php. Please note that the 2014 Fellowship Programme has the additional element of a co-partnership with The Hague Institute and a week’s focus in The Hague on international justice.
To be considered eligible for this Fellowship Programme, you should meet the following criteria: A post-graduate degree in a discipline broadly related to Transitional Justice 4 to 5 years of relevant work experience in the realm of transitional justice, reconciliation and/or social cohesion, social justice Excellent proficiency in written and spoken English. This will be necessary to read prescribed texts as well as to participate in group discussions.
If you are interested in applying for admission to this program, please submit to us the following documents in English:
A detailed resume or Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages. The full contact details of 2 contactable references 1-2 page letter of motivation indicating why you wish to participate in this program 1-2 page abstract/talking points addressing the following themes to be discussed by Fellows: (a) Strengthening the Rule of Law in home-country;
(b) The right to truth in transitional justice and challenges of/opportunities for localized investigations and prosecutions; and
(c) cross-border tensions in home-country and the need for regional reconciliation. Letter of commitment or institutional endorsement of applicant’s suitability to participate in the Fellowship Programme and a commitment to implement at least one follow-up activity in-country within one year of the end of the Fellowship Programme
The closing date for applications is the April 15, 2014. Telephonic interviews will be conducted soon thereafter and successful candidates notified no later than the April 30, 2014.
NB Please email your complete application to Ms Anthea Flink on email@example.com with ‘Application to 2014 Fellowship Programme: your name’ in the email subject line.
Only complete applications will be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the status of their application.