Justice, Accountability and Sustained Momentum for Democracy – Shoring Up Democratic Norms in Countries Facing Conflict and Authoritarianism

28 March 2023  09:30 - 11:00

In Person Event | Organised by United States Institute of Peace | Held in DC (EST), U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC in English
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Justice institutions — both formal and transitional — are critical for maintaining a state’s commitment to democratic principles when threatened by authoritarianism and conflict. These institutions provide spaces for the public, victims and survivors to have their grievances heard, and to seek remedies and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes. In Colombia, The Gambia and Ukraine, justice institutions have shed light on abuses of civilian populations and have helped set their countries on a path toward accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims and survivors.

Join USIP and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice and Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations for a discussion on how formal and transitional justice mechanisms have created or sustained momentum for democracy in states where democratic values are threatened by authoritarianism and conflict. The conversation will include renowned civil society activists and Nobel laureates from Colombia, The Gambia and Ukraine who have worked to make justice processes more inclusive of — and available to — vulnerable populations as they seek to address the full breadth of harms suffered by civilian populations.




Lise Grandemoderator
President and CEO, U.S. Institute of Peace

Colleen Crenwelgewelcoming remarks
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State

Beth Van Schaackkeynote remarks 
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Office of Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State

Ambassador David Schefferco-moderator
Professor of Practice, Arizona State University (Washington)

Gina Cabarcas Maciá
Director, Justice & Criminal Policy Laboratory

Baba Galleh Jallow
Roger D. Fisher Fellow in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Harvard Law School

Oleksandra Matviichuk
Head of the Organization, Center for Civil Liberties; Nobel Peace Laureate

Fabricio Guarigliaclosing remarks
Director, The Hague Branch Office, International Development Law Organization