How do societies deal with gross human rights violations after the end of violent conflict?

Time: 4 - 5 September
Venue: CMI, Fantoftvegen 38, Bergen, Norway

The Human Rights Programme at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a symposium pursuing one of its core research themes: roads to reconciliation.

Norway has been engaged in different international peace and reconciliation processes in the last 20 years. Yet, there are signs that Norway struggles with its own reconciliation process. Memories from World War II are still strong and painful for surviving victims. There is reason to reflect on the extent to which one may speak of reconciliation within the Norwegian population 60 years hence.

The main purpose of this symposium is to critically examine the justice and reconciliation process in Norway after World War II, and to draw parallels to similar processes today. By comparing the Norwegian post-World War II experience to more recent cases from Latin America, Africa and Asia, we hope to establish a platform for discussing how different transitional justice mechanisms - such as truth commissions and courts - may influence the reconciliation process.

Symposium Program Bergen 4-5 September 2008

The symposium is open. Registration deadline: 22 August

Please register by email to Trine Eide

or call +47 95 11 22 15

For more information: pleace contact Trine Eide